WORTHING Football Club suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Faversham in Ryman League South Division this afternoon.
The game was Rebels’ first competitive one on the new 3G surface at Woodside Road and Faversham scored the only goal of the game through Dean Grant’s superb strike on 39 minutes.
The game had started slowly with little action of note in the opening 20 minutes.
Things quickly began to pick up, though, as Rebels’ Brannon O’Neill curled a free kick inches wide from the edge of the penalty area on 21 minutes, before Banks kept out Wayne Wilson’s free kick at the other end.
Worthing’s Will Hendon was denied by Faversham keeper Robert French after a mazy run on 25 minutes, before the visitors’ keeper kept out Lloyd Dawes’ low shot on 36 minutes and, from the resulting corner, French tipped over Liam Kimber’s sweet strike from the edge of the penalty area.
Grant then struck to give Faversham the lead at the break. The visitors broke quickly from a Worthing attack and Grant finished superbly from 20 yards across Rebels keeper Rikki Banks, low into the far corner.
Rebels went close to an equaliser five minutes into the second half when Dawes’ shot was blocked and Steve Metcalf’s follow-up from seven yards was well stopped by French.
Metcalf then had a shot deflected just over three minutes later as Rebels made a lively start to the second period.
The visitors went close to doubling their lead on 66 minutes when Stuart King’s close-range volley was brilliantly kept out by Banks.
Rebels’ final ball when attacking often let them down but they could have levelled on 84 minutes when Dawes laid the ball back to Kimber, who blazed over from 15 yards.
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