WORTHING FC ended their six-game winless run on Tuesday evening with a 2-0 win at County League Wick in the Sussex Senior Cup second round.
Rebels will host Rye in the next round but Wick will be kicking themselves for losing after gifting a Rebels side clearly short on confidence both goals.
Worthing got off to a dream start when Wick’s defence allowed the ball to bounce on the edge of their own area, and then Ruben French’s weak header fell to his former colleague George Gaskin. Gaskin’s deft chip found Terry Dodd in space on the penalty spot and he drilled home with just six minutes on the clock.
There was a nervy moment for Rebels after 25 minutes, however, when youth team keeper James Fernandes allowed the ball to squirm under him from a Rob Wimble shot, but to the relief of the visitors the ball trickled out for a corner.
Arguably the best move of the game came on 38 minutes with a quick break down the left from Dodd. His inch-perfect ball found strike partner Gaskin 12 yards out but the striker failed to hit the target against his former club. This was Dodd’s swansong in the game as he had to be substituted at the break with a hamstring injury.
Wick began the second half brightly but it was Rebels who had the first real chance of the half when Gaskin again fired wide after a good run down the left by Tom Lawley.
Wick should have levelled on 57 minutes when Andy Brown was played in but opted to square rather than shoot and no Wick player was able to get on the end of his cross.
Fernandes’ first-half nerves seemed to have disappeared as he produced a smart save to deny Wimble, and then a point-blank save from a Lee Bradshaw header.
Wick paid the price for not taking their chances when Gaskin finally found the target with 16 minutes remaining after Lawley slid him in.
Rebels boss Chris White said: “Considering Saturday’s performance, I’m pleased. We’re a young side and our confidence was low, so to get a result in a potential banana skin is good for us.”
Rebels are at Sittingbourne in the league on Saturday and travel to Fleet on Tuesday. Zac Beda is unavailable on Saturday, while keeper Tony Di Bernardo (ankle) and Dodd are both injury doubts.
WORTHING: Fernandes, R.Timms, Metcalf, Beda, Farmer; Skinner, Gedling, Huckett, Lawley; Dodd, Gaskin. Subs: Saunders (Dodd 46), Lansdale (Huckett 74), Charles (Gaskin 81), Pulling, Peake.