Football: It's hello and goodbye for Rebel Claridge

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Steve Claridge believes he played his first and last match for Ryman premier division side Worthing last night.

Claridge, 40, helped the Rebels snatch a late point in a 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon.

The veteran striker, who has played for 16 League clubs and made 1,000 appearances professional appearances, lasted the 90 minutes.

He said "I enjoyed myself. I came because I wanted to play football.

"We were up against a decent side who had beaten Gravesend in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

"But we deserved our point. The players did not stop trying.

"It was an adjustment for me because I have been used to playing with very good players.

"But I think this is a one-off for me. That was the premise on which I came."

Claridge, who had played just one game in nine months before last night, certainly did not let his side down and hit the bar in the first half.

He also played a part in the late equaliser scored by Mark Knee, who was playing his 400th game for Worthing, having broken the club's all-time appearance record last week.

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