Worthing start pre-season with narrow win over Worthing United
Lloyd Dawes snatched an 87th minute winner as Worthing came from behind to beat neighbours Worthing United 2-1 and lift Malcolm Gamlen Trophy.
The clash between the two Worthing clubs has become a permanent fixture in recent years and for a while it looked as though the holders were going to suffer a surprise defeat.
Tony Nwachukwu, making his first appearance in a red shirt since re-signing from Horsham, was denied by Rui Buckland in the tenth minute with Worthing’s best first half chance.
Worthing United took the lead in the 35th minute when Joel Davison’s corner found the net, possibly taking a final touch off Jamie Stideford on its way through.
The hosts improved in the second half, substitute Dawes’ free-kick dipping over the crossbar just before the hour mark.
Omar Folkes, who recently joined Worthing from Merstham, also came on at the break and his power and strength caused the visitors problems from the offset.
Worthing equalised in the 64th minute when Jack Newhouse, who netted to secure Isthmian Premier Division survival last season, lobbed Buckland from the edge of the box.
Kershaney Samuels, who also joined the Mackerels from Merstham in June, showed flashes of potential and shot at Buckland having skilfully cut inside in the 70th minute.
Newhouse had a chance to make it 2-1 in the 78th minute but shot at Buckland from a tight angle having raced through on goal.
Two minutes later Buckland did well to deny Samuels his first Worthing goal, getting a strong fist to his sharp shot.
It took until the 87th minute for Worthing to snatch the winner when Dawes was given too much space in the penalty area and curled into the top corner.
Worthing first half: Fagan, Clark (Williamson 45’), Schneider (Rents 45’), Wills (c), McDermott (Edwards 45’), Douglas (Boiling 45’), Nwachukwu (Young 45’), Hallard (Dawes 45’), Brodie (Samuels 45’), Sparks (Newhouse 50’), Newhouse (Folkes 45’).
Goals: Newhouse 64’, Dawes 87’.