FA Cup First Qualifying Round Replay Tue 7 September King George’s Field
Corinthian Casuals
  • Mfula (21')
  • Mills (49', 88')
  • Racine (60')

It was all change for the visitors, as they looked to set-up a trip to divisional rivals Leatherhead in eleven days.

Will Seager – for the first time since the opening day of the season – Kyle O’Brien – for his full competitive debut – Shaq Gwengwe, Marvin Armstrong, Reece Myles-Meekums and Dayshonne Golding were all restored to the starting eleven. Cocoracchio, Cox, Pearce, Starkey and Chalaye were joined on the bench by the returning Mo Jammeh and Pat Webber.

Neither side threatened the respective goalkeepers until midway through the opening half. Central-defender, Alfie Bendle slipping in Warren Mfula to calmly slot past Harrison Male.

It took another fourteen minutes for pen to touch paper again, as Ben Cheklit floated in a free-kick that the incoming Jack Strange got his head to but not enough to move Male into making any kind of save.

Shortly afterwards it appeared some of the home fans may be getting ahead of themselves somewhat, with fireworks going off in the background behind the Worthing goal, outside the ground. Or it may have simply been someone getting their Novembers and Septembers muddled up, we’ll never know.

Reds then temporarily dislodged Casuals ‘keeper, Danny Bracken from his hammock thanks to Danny Barker’s ping across to Golding, which he cut inside with and warmed the goalies gloves.

Stoppage time brought about a couple more Corinthian efforts that caused consternation amongst the travelling defence.

Failure to clear a corner led to Strange heading over the top and Nat Pinney – on earlier for injured scorer, Mfula – created further panic as Bobby Mills saw his attempt on target blocked by a blue shirt, until Cheklit eventually curled one well over the crossbar.

Only for minutes had elapsed after the turnaround when Worthing found themselves two-nil behind.

Armstrong lost possession in the middle of the park and Pinney – who famously notched the winner for Eastbourne Borough against us in the 2016 Senior Cup final at The Amex – received the ball and soon struck the upright but the rebound came off said apparatus, across the face of goal and presented itself to Mills, who promptly drove a powerful, low shot back the other way, into the bottom corner.

The hosts were flying and a similar effect befell Kieron Cadogan’s free-kick that he sent sailing over the bar from around thirty yards out, a few moments later.

Soon after that he got much closer, only to be denied by a stunning save from Male, as he literally took flight to fling himself towards the midfielder’s goal bound attempt and parry it to safety.

Just shy of the hour mark though, Blues were handed a lifeline, via substitute Ollie Pearce’s recycled cross connecting with the dominant dome of Captain Racine.

Game on!

It almost became two in three minutes, as Barker’s long ball to another sub, Tom Chalaye found its way out to Golding on the left. His run to the byline and subsequent delivery gave Myles-Meekums a great opportunity to level the scores, only for the winger to slide and sky his shot above the bar and out of the ground.

Male then further highlighted his credentials by also keeping out the predatory Pinney, following a quick counter-attack, with Mills not quite able to convert at the second attempt but winning a flag-kick.

That set-piece, taken by Cadogan, saw Barker clear off the line from Pinney, to keep his side in the game.

It didn’t last long though. More breakaway play by the Chocolate & Pinks, commenced with Mani Mensah’s forward header releasing Pinney who swung the ball over to Cheklit, hugging the left-hand touchline. He picked out Mills on the edge of the box to fire in his second of the evening and finally put the result beyond doubt.

However, four minutes into added time, you could hear Strange’s sigh of relief ring around Tolworth; when his misplaced header back to Bracken hit the post before the underemployed netminder threw himself on top of the ball and that, was that.