Collins believes a Rebels’ play-off push is possible

Worthing Football Club joint manager Kieran Collins believes play-off isn’t beyond his side after their 2-1 victory over Sittingbourne on Saturday.

Two goals in the space of 60 first-half seconds gave Rebels back-to-back home league wins for the first time this season.

They moved up a place to ninth in the Ryman League Division 1 South table with the win and completed the double over Sittingbourne, who started the day in fifth place.

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Billy Medlock netted a penalty on his home debut before Scott Kirkwood added a second 60 second later.

Worthing’s two-goal lead lasted just two minutes as Joe Taylor held off three challenges and fired home a low 20-yarder to halve the deficit on 29 minutes, but that was the way it stayed.

Collins said: “They were the form team in the league and in fifth place and it’s a good three points for us.

“We’ve just been a little bit too inconsistent. We didn’t perform last week at Whitstable and we knew that, so we needed a performance today and we did that – it was a similar performance to our win over Ramsgate in our last home match.

“The three lads on their debuts were excellent and it was also a fantastic performance from Billy, on his home debut.

“There’s no reason why we can’t get into the play-off mix but we’ve just got to keep picking up points.”

Worthing are away to Crawley Down Gatwick on Saturday, then host Walton & Hersham on Tuesday.

Defender Steve Metcalf returns from suspension, while Rebels also hope to have received international clearance for Freddie Barker and Niko Pinilla.

Full report in this week’s paper.