The first half presented a cagey affaire, as both sides struggled to get the ball down on the deck and play any real football.
Worthing had the better of the scrappy opening 45’ minutes, with a variety of big chances – notably from Dajon Golding after Callum Kealy was denied by the crossbar. However, the score was goalless heading into the break.
The Rebels didn’t let missed opportunities get the better of them and they came out for the second half, with a real spring in their step.
At first Hinshelwood’s men struggled to overcome an inform Arthur Janata, however pressure soon payed off. Kealy who came close in the first half, blasted the visitors in front in the 55th minute – much to the delight of a relieved Rebels fan base.
The remainder of the second half was occupied by controversy as East Thurrock pushed for an equaliser. The Mackerel Men held on firmly to claim all three points, despite adamant claims from the hosts that they should’ve been awarded a penalty; after a rash challenge in the penalty area from Ollie Pearce.