Reis Stanislaus scored a last-minute winner as Worthing Football Club progressed in the Alan Turvey Trophy with a 2-1 victory at home to Dorking Wanderers this evening.
Numerous chances came and went at both ends during the 90 minutes, with the woodwork hit on five separate occasions. Stanislaus gave Worthing the lead just past the hour but the visitors levelled three minutes later through Sam Beard. With penalties looming, Stanislauas got in front of his man to head home a late winner and send Worthing through.
Worthing fielded a strong side for the tie, after the youth team played at Millwall in the FA Youth Cup the previous night, against the Ryman League South Division leaders.
In a lively start, Worthing striker Reis Stanislaus fired just wide and Harvey Sparks stung the hands of Dorking keeper Slavomir Huk in the opening couple of minutes.
At the other end, Dorking’s Sam Beard fired a skidding low shot against a post on five minutes, before Gareth Chendlik blazed over for the visitors.
Huk produced a stunning save to keep out Dawes’ low 20-yard shot on 14 minutes, before Sam Rents’ swerving and dipping shot dropped just over the Dorking bar two minutes later.
Sparks side-footed a low shot straight at Huk from 15 yards after a quick Worthing break on 28 minutes, before Rents again tested the visiting keeper with a low strike from 20 yards four minutes later.
Beard was denied by a low Fagan stop after winning possession and breaking forward down the left after 35 minutes, before Dawes drilled a shot inches wide of the far post with Huk beaten on 43 minutes.
Worthing went even closer moments before the break when Sparks’ cross was poked forward by Dawes to Stanislaus, who fired against a post from four yards.
Dorking went agonisingly close to taking the lead seven minutes into the second half. Dean Gunner’s free kick took a slight deflection and came back off the underside of the bar and Tom Tolfrey’s follow-up also came back off the bar before Fagan collected the ball.
Worthing made the visitors pay just past the hour when Dawes nipped on to a poor back pass and crossed for Stanislaus to nod home his fifth goal of the season from six yards.
Within three minutes, Dorking were level as Beard was left unmarked at the back post to tap home a right-wing cross.
Fagan produced a outstanding save to push over Jerome Beckles’ well-hit shot from 18 yards on 68 minutes, before Mike Waller’s mis-hit cross rebounded back off the bar at the other end with Huk back-peddling moments later.
Worthing substitute Omar Bugiel went on a mazy run and played Dawes in but he was denied by the legs of Huk on 81 minutes, before Bugiel appeared to be tripped in the penalty area a minute later but only a free kick was awarded and Dawes’ fierce shot was straight at Huk.
Dawes was again brilliantly denied by Huk, before Stanislaus nipped in front of his man to head home O’Neill’s corner a minute from time to send Worthing through.
Worthing will now Godalming in the next round, after they won 3-2 at Burgess Hill tonight.
WORTHING: Fagan; Waller, Cook, Elphick (Bugiel 45), Rents; Edwards, Wills, O’Neill, Sparks; Dawes, Stanislaus (Newton 90). Subs: Piper, Belward.
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