Rebels survive 13-card fiasco

DANNY BLOOR'S first return to Leylands Park in charge of Worthing since he was sacked by Hillians in 2003 certainly proved memorable, if not for all the right reasons.

Tuesday's Sussex Senior Cup clash of 13 yellow cards brandished by Chichester referee Dave Phillips included two each to Worthing's Mark Watson and Hill sub Dan Turner.

Turner had been on the field only a few minutes, late in normal time, when he tangled with Watson. That earned their first cards and they were sent off after another clash a minute later.

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Bloor seems to have forgiven Gary Croydon for taking over the reins from him after he had won the County League title at the first attempt with Hill. But it took a while and it could almost take as long for him to forgive Mr Phillips for this display.

Bloor said: ''The referee must have had a new pencil he wanted to use. I can't understand why there were so many bookings and the sendings-off was just handbags.'' Croydon, who had a go at another Sussex official Chris Salt a week earlier steered clear of that particular subject but was equally baffled by many decisions.

The match must now be reported to the FA so it seems Burgess Hill, in particular, are hitting stormy waters. This was the third match running they have had a player sent off. With the clubs agreeing to a replay next Tuesday, it also hardly leaves time for tempers to calm.

For full report, see this week's Worthing Herald.

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