Sutton boss praises Worthing after FA Trophy thriller

Lloyd Dawes crashed home a late spot-kick to force extra-time last night. Picture: Marcus Hoare
Lloyd Dawes crashed home a late spot-kick to force extra-time last night. Picture: Marcus Hoare

Sutton United Football Club manager Paul Doswell reserved praise for Worthing after his side progressed in the FA Trophy following a five-goal thriller last night.

After seeing a 2-0 lead come and go, Adam May’s extra-time strike helped The U’s seal a thrilling 3-2 second-round replay victory at Gander Green Lane.

Worthing made their two-divisions higher National League opponents work hard for it, with strikes from Sam Rents - and Lloyd Dawes’ late penalty - both in the final 20 minutes forcing extra-time.

In the end, Doswell’s side - who host Leeds United in the FA Cup on Sunday - had just a little too much but The U’s boss was impressed with what he saw from Worthing.

He told www.suttonunited.net: “It’s remarkable that my team have managed to get through this game. They (Worthing) are a good side and it would have been hard enough beating them with our usual starting eleven, let alone having to dig deep into our reserves.

“I think we created the better chances in extra-time against what is a really good team in Worthing. They’ve beaten a strong Dagenham & Redbridge, have been on a huge unbeaten run up until Saturday and all of the players involved with them deserve a huge amount of credit.”

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