Manton and Lansdale the heroes in thrilling FA Trophy clash

John Lansdale
John Lansdale

BRACES from captain Tom Manton and substitute John Lansdale took Worthing Football Club into the second-qualifying round of the FA Trophy on Tuesday evening.

Rebels beat Southern League Premier Division side Bashley 4-2 after extra-time in a replay, after the sides had drawn 2-2 on Saturday.

The replay – Rebels’ eighth successive cup game – had it all. Six goals, two penalties, three red cards (all for Bashley in extra-time) and seven bookings but it was Rebels who banked the £2,200 prize money and they will now host Didcot Town in the next round on November 5.

After Jamie Brotherton missed a fifth-minute penalty, James Stokoe put Bashley ahead just before half-time.

Manton put in a real captain’s performance as he first drew them level on 68 minutes, and when Bashley scored again with three minutes left, Manton against struck to send the game to extra-time.

The added period had another hero as Lansdale struck twice, the first from the penalty spot, to send Rebels through.

Manton said: “It’s a really good result. We felt after Saturday that we had a good chance to get through.

“We’ve now got a home draw against a side (Didcot Town) at the same level as us, so it’s a good opportunity to go further.”

For a full match report, pictures and reaction from Manton, Lansdale and Rebels manager Chris White pick up the Worthing Herald on Thursday.