The fixture is Worthing’s first outing since the final game of the Pitching In Isthmian Premier League, when they were crowned champions of the division after beating Brightlingsea Regent by a goal to nil:
Jasper Pattenden scored the only goal of the game on the hour mark to total the Reds up to 100 league goals this campaign, in front of the Crucial Environmental Stadium’s third attendance clocking over 2,000 spectators.
Worthing are most successful team in the Sussex Senior Cup, having won the competition on 21 occasions, first in 1893 and most recently in 1999.
The Reds’ last outing in the final of the competition was in May of 2016 – a game which, like season, rounded off a promotion-winning campaign as playoff-victors of the Isthmian League Division One South:
Unfortunately, Worthing were unable to finish the season with two trophies, narrowly losing 1-0 to National League South side Eastbourne Borough.
Road to the final
Worthing’s Sussex Senior Cup journey in the began in the second round at the end of November, beating Southern Combination Division One side Seaford Town 6-2 at Woodside Road thanks to goals from Marvin Armstrong, a brace from former Red Tom Chalaye and a hat-trick from another previous Worthing frontman, Mo Diallo.
The Mackerel Men were then drawn against rivals Lewes in the third round a week before Christmas, and brushed the Rooks aside thanks to a brace from Callum Kealy and a goal from Ollie Pearce to win 3-0.
The quarter final conjured up another derby for Worthing, this time playing Bognor Regis Town at Nyewood Lane in January, where goals from Will Seager and Pattenden earned them a 2-0 victory.
The Rebels were then drawn against Pitching In Isthmian Division One South East outfit Three Bridges at Culver Road in March, of whom they thumped 5-0 curtesy of two goals from Reece Meekums, as well as strikes from Pattenden, Kealy and then-Crawley loanee Davide Rodari to take them to the Amex for a second time in six years.
Meanwhile, Brighton & Hove Albion u23’s overcame Haywards Heath Town, Chichester City, Eastbourne Town and Horsham to set the tie up at their home ground tomorrow evening.
The two sides met in the voided Sussex Senior Cup campaign of the 2019-20 season in the semi-final of the competition at Culver Road in March two years ago:
After a goalless first hour, the game sprung into life when Meekums opened the scoring in the 65th minute, but Worthing’s lead would only last five minutes before Laurent Tolaj equalised for the Albion.
Moments later, Brighton found themselves ahead through Haydon Roberts, but Aarran Racine drew the Reds back level three minutes later to force the game into extra time.
Teddy Jenks finally settled the tie in the Seagulls’ favour in the 106th minute to initially set up a final bout with 2016 winners Eastbourne Borough, but the postponement of football resulted in the competition being declared null and void in light of COVID-19.
General admission to the stadium will open at 5:45pm on Tuesday evening with both sets of fans seated in the West Stand Lower. Brighton & Hove Albion fans will occupy the areas W1F to W1I and Worthing fans S1I to W1D. Seating will be allocated in both sections.
You can find more information, with tickets still available to purchase on the Sussex FA Website.
Please be aware that the American Express Community Stadium is a cashless venue, so card payments only.
The Amex Stadium has been designed to meet the needs of all its visitors. There is level access into all areas of the stadium. There are lifts to all areas of the Amex including Dick’s Bar, Seven Stars Sports Bar, all lounges and conferencing facilities.
Plenty of food and drink is available throughout the ground as well as toilet facilities in all sections. The food and drink on offer includes a variety of pies including vegetarian options and every month or so a different guest pie will be available.
The Amex is one of the few grounds that serves proper Ale with Harveys being available as well as Guinness along with Lager.
If driving, at the end of the M23, continue onto the A23, heading towards Brighton. At the roundabout which is the junction with the A27, take the A27 towards Lewes. After around four miles you will see the stadium on your right hand side. Leave at the A27 and take the slip road sign posted Falmer (B2123).
At the top of the slip road turn right crossing back over the A27 and the entrance to the stadium is down on the right.
Parking is priced at £5 with limited spaces available to purchase in advance via the Brighton & Hove Albion ticket website.
The quickest and easiest way to get to the stadium is by train, situated right by the stadium the nearest station is Falmer, three stops from Brighton central station on the line to Lewes and Seaford.
Usually there are four trains an hour in either direction, we would advise leaving plenty of time to make the 7:15pm kick off. You can see all the latest train times and plan your journey via www.nationalrail.co.uk.