The good news grows! The Rebels are continuing to produce chances - and take them most of the time. That's top-six form: but they've got some climbing to do just yet.
A 4-1 victory on Tuesday at home to Chipstead lifted Worthing FC into 11th place in the table - even though they were without goalscoring midfielder Mike Huckett and newly-signed striker Chamal Fenelon.
The result will sent Rebels confidently to Corinthian Casuals this Saturday, and then next week they have the chance to entertain the home fans for a third successive Tuesday. The visitors will be upper-table Sussex rivals, Burgess Hill Town in the first round of the League Cup. To win this one will be a major step forward in building Worthing's new season.
Come along to the A2B Stadium in Woodside Road, support and get the new taste!
Here's Sam Skilton's match report from the website - www.rebels.worthingfc.com
Tom Lawley scored twice and grabbed two assists as the Rebels continued their ascent in the Ryman Division One South with an eventually comfortable 4-1 victory over Chipstead.
In the absence of Mike Huckett, Chris White recalled Tom Manton to the centre of midfield, but besides this it was an identical side to that which gained a point against Whitehawk at the A2B in their last match a week previously.
Chamal Fenelon was deemed fit enough only for the bench after picking up a knock during a substitute appearance against the Hawks, and he was joined in the dugout by youth teamers Ryan Peake and Matt Dodd who were called up for the match.
Older brother Terry Dodd should have scored within seconds of kick-off, but shot wide when through on goal after an early Chipstead defensive error. Captain Tony Timms then headed over for the Rebels from a Luke Gedling corner, and with less than ten minutes played Callum Saunders saw a genuine penalty appeal rejected by the referee.
After a couple of chances at either end the home side really came to life on 25 minutes with Tom Lawley, who had made an impressive start, seeing his goal bound effort cleared to safety by Lee Coburn with the goalkeeper beaten. A minute later Dodd and Saunders combined to squander another good goal-scoring opportunity before the Rebels eventually grabbed the opener.
With half an hour played Lawley produced a great through ball which cut the visitors’ defence on the left hand side, and Terry Dodd capitalised to clip the ball over goalkeeper Martin Grant and into the top of the net.
Seven minutes later the in form Tom Lawley doubled his side’s advantage with a goal of his own as he found himself in space out wide and brought the ball inside before tucking under Grant for his first strike of the season.
With just a minute left to play before the break Tony Timms was harshly penalised in his own area for a foul on Wayne Grizzle who appeared to be already falling, moments after Rebels goalkeeper Seb Barton had saved from Frankie Sawyer. Barton was unable to prevent Jason Thompson from netting from the spot though, despite guessing the correct side.
Half-time: Worthing 2-1 Chipstead
The visitors made two substitutions early in the second half and the Rebels struggled to get going again in the early period with Barton making another save from Sawyer after a poor Zac Beda back pass.
Just before the hour mark Worthing began to take control of the match once again though, with both Terry Dodd and Tom Lawley coming close to increasing their narrow lead. On 68 minutes Luke Gedling struck just wide of the near post from a short Matt Geard free-kick, with the Rebels undoubtedly controlling proceedings.
With twenty minutes left to play the home side’s insurance policy was secured with Lawley claiming his second assist of the night. The revived winger floated a ball across to Terry Dodd, but the front-man was unable to reach it and Callum Saunders finished off the move by firing in at the far post.
The Rebels were more or less home and dry and Dodd almost notched his second but squeezed his shot just wide from an almost impossible close range angle after muscling through the visitors’ defence on 73 minutes.
Five minutes later it was 4-1 though and Tom Lawley was the name on the score sheet again, although technically he did not get the final touch. Dodd picked out the wide man, who was making his 50th Worthing appearance, and he cut back across goal with Adam Broomhead only able to tap into his own net from close range.
It could quite easily have been more for Worthing before the end with another Callum Saunders penalty appeal turned down and Tom Manton dragging wide with two minutes remaining.
Eventually it was a comfortable victory for the Rebels who took their chances well and upped the tempo during the points in the match that mattered most, and Tom Lawley was particularly important and impressive on his half-century of appearances.
Full-time: Worthing 4-1 Chipstead