WORTHING Football Club’s FA Cup run came to an end away to Conference South side Chelmsford City on Saturday.
Rebels had overcome higher league opposition in Ryman League Premier Division side Dulwich Hamlet in the previous round but they fell to defeat against their Conference South opponents.
Worthing coach Jon Meeney felt his side made the brighter start on Saturday and said: “We came out of the blocks really fast and were the better side for 20 minutes or so.
“But we conceded two penalties in four minutes and that really did not help us at all.
“We then fell three behind with from a really poor goal and we did not really have much chance of getting back in it in the second half.
“If we could have got the players in at 2-0 and had a re-think tactically, it could have been different but, unfortunately, it was not to be.”
Worthing started brightly and thought they had taken an early lead when Trevor McCreadie put the ball past Nicklas Freund in the Chelmsford goal but his effort was ruled out for offside.
The hosts took the lead on 20 minutes after some poor defending from Worthing saw Will Hendon bring down Michael Cheek in the area.
The referee awarded a spot-kick and Cheek stepped up to score from the spot.
It was 2-0 just four minutes later as George Hayward brought down Lee Sawyer and a second penalty was awarded. This time, Evans Kouassi put the ball past Jack Fagan in the Worthing goal.
Chelmsford effectively ended the game right on the stroke of half-time as Cheek bagged his second of the match.
The hosts began the second half well and seven minutes after the restart made it 4-0 through Mark Hughes.
Chelmsford forward Cheek then completed his hat-trick with 20 minutes left and a miserable day for the visitors’ was rounded off when substitute Sam Gregory netted a sixth for Chelmsford with a minute to go.
WORTHING: Fagan; Hendon, Heath, Nicholls, Hurley, Sparks; Dawes, Hayward, O’Neill, Bugiel; McCreadie. Subs: Piper (Nicholls), Peake (Hayward), Gayler (Dawes), Laing, Berry