Rampant Rebels continue perfect start

Reis Stanislaus bagged his third in two games this evening. Picture: Marcus Hoare
Reis Stanislaus bagged his third in two games this evening. Picture: Marcus Hoare

Worthing Football Club continued their perfect Ryman League Premier Division start with an emphatic 3-1 home win over Metropolitan Police at Woodside Road this evening.

First-half strikes from Reis Stanislaus and Harvey Sparks were followed by Zack Newton’s effort in the second as Rebels made it two league wins from as many matches.

Stanislaus added to his two in the opening day success at Hendon, while Sparks also notched his second of the season with the win sending Rebels top.

Worthing started the brighter and Stanislaus thought he had given his side the lead on 17 minutes but his header from Matt Axell’s corner cleared on the line by Tyrone Smith.

Stanislaus was posing Met Police’s backline all sorts of problems and he wriggled clear on the half-hour only to fire just wide of the far post when clean through.

The forward made up for those misses and fired Rebels into a deserved lead nine minutes before half-time.

He took Zack Newton’s cross in his path before firing home with the outside of his right boot to make it 1-0.

Worthing then doubled their lead three minutes later as Omar Bugiel’s ball found Harvey Sparks who fired a fine right-foot shot into the top corner.

Police should have pulled one back 13 minutes after the interval, good work from substitute Jerome Federico saw his cross find an unmarked Charlie Collins but his header back across goal was cleared by Gary Elphick.

Following a sedate start to the second, Worthing made Collins pay for his earlier miss with 21 minutes left.

Sparks’ ball into the box evaded Stanislaus only to see Kane Wills pull back for Newton to slot home.

Former Worthing forward Richard Pacquette lashed home for Police five minutes into stoppage-time but Worthing held on for a comfortable home league win.

WORTHING: Banks; Hendon, Elphick, Heath, Rents; Axell, Wills; Newton, Bugiel, Sparks; Stanislaus. Subs: Metcalf (Heath, 53), O’Neill (Stanislaus, 78), Edwards, Piper (Sparks, 87), Fagan.

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