WORTHING Football Club hit back from a goal down three times to beat local rivals Horsham 5-3 in the Ryman League South Division this evening.
Hornets led three times and were 3-2 up at half-time, before Worthing fought back to claim all three points in the second half.
It took the visitors just 37 seconds to take the lead as Jamie Cade headed home a Ross Morley corner from inside the six-yard box.
Rebels levelled on six minutes as Kieron Pamment crossed from the right and Max Howell scored at the second attempt at the back post.
Worthing could have gone ahead just two minutes later but Lewis Hamilton got back to clear with Howell waiting to tap the ball home from Omar Bugiel’s pass.
Lee Carey curled a free kick from 25 yards just wide on nine minutes, before Howell got through one-on-one after 13 minutes but his shot was saved by the legs of Horsham stopper Kieron Thorp.
Rebels had another one-on-one opening on 17 minutes when Pamment raced on to George Gaskin’s brilliant slide-rule pass but poked the ball wide of the far post from 18 yards.
Worthing were made to pay for those misses as Horsham went back ahead on 22 minutes. Morley was tripped in the penalty area by Brannon O’Neill and Tony Nwachukwu sent Rebels keeper Jack Fagan the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Rebels equalised again on 36 minutes when the linesman on the far side adjudged Connor Cody’s scuffed shot from seven yards had crossed the line, with Hornets keeper Thorp booked for his subsequent protests.
Horsham were back ahead three minutes later, though, as a corner was only cleared to the edge of the area where Hamilton turned past his man and then fired low into the near post to give the visitors the half-time lead.
With the wind behind them in the second half, Rebels equalised a minute after half-time when O’Neill back-heeled the ball home from close range after Pamment cut in from the right and shot from 15 yards.
Carey was denied by Thorp, before Rebels took the lead on the hour when Gaskin steered home Pamment’s right-wing cross.
Gaskin then sealed the win with four minutes to go with a stunning half-volley from 35 yards.