White left frustrated with Rebels’ postponement

WORTHING Football Club manager Chris White was left frustrated on Tuesday night after their Ryman League Division 1 South clash at Fleet Town was called off owing to a waterlogged pitch.

It was the only match in the entire league to be postponed, leaving Rebels, due to cup fixtures and free dates, scheduled to play their first league match for three weeks at Merstham on Saturday.

White was looking forward to heading into Tuesday night with the confidence gained from a 3-2 friendly win over Ryman Premier side Horsham on Saturday.

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Although the extra break will now ensure his side have a few more days to recover from a couple of knocks, he stressed the importance of putting a run together with their games in hand.

He said: “Seeing as it was the only game in the league off, I was quite surprised. After a good result on Saturday it would have been nice to have gone in on the back of that, really.

“We have two or three games in hand of people now, although I would rather be playing than having those, so we will look forward to getting going on Saturday again.

“Last season there wasn’t too much to separate the league, apart from the couple at the top and the likes of Folkestone.

“And it looks the same this year, Met Police are flying and have played eight, which is even less than us. But any side that puts a run together can shoot up the table.”

Merstham head into Saturday unbeaten in their last six league games, the last three all being wins.

And after they played both Saturday and Tuesday, Worthing will have the benefit of a rest period for players carrying a number of knocks.

Including CallumSaunders, who would have only made the bench against Fleet, Tom Manton and top scorer Mike Huckett should both be fully fit, and Kevin Townsend and Ryan McBride both could return.

On the game, White said: “It’ll be tough, as I’ve said before there are never any easy games in this league.

“They didn’t start too well, but have been on a bit of a run. They score quite a few goals but also concede a few as well, and we are very capable of scoring.”

Rebels will be without youth teamers Sam Mannings and Shaun Charles, who played in Saturday’s friendly, as they are both having England Colleges trials.

On Saturday, Rebels overcame a full-strength Horsham side, including ex-Rebels Paul Kennett and Ben Andrews, at Woodside Road.

The goals came from Terry Dodd (two) and Luke Gelding, while Rebels were without Matt Geard, Tony Timms, Saunders and Tom Lawley.

Dodd hit the opener before Horsham first levelled then went ahead through strikes from Allan Tait and Anthony Storey, the latter from the penalty spot.

But Dodd then fired Worthing’s equaliser just before half-time. Luke Gedling’s fine free-kick just after the hour mark was then enough to take the victory in what was an impressive display from Worthing

WORTHING: Hunter; Pulling, Metcalf, Beda, Mannings; Lansdale, Huckett, Gedling, Manton; Charles, Dodd. Subs: White (Manton 45), Gilmour (Huckett 60), O’Callaghan (Charles 67), Milner (Dodd), Mantoz, James.

n The re-scheduled annual general meeting of the Worthing Football Club Supporters’ Association will take place at the club on Wednesday, November 3, at 8pm.