The fixture comes three days after the Reds edged a five-goal thriller at the Crucial Environmental Stadium against Welling United:
Ollie Pearce opened the scoring in the 19th minute, before Lewis White double the advantage seven minutes before half time to put Worthing in full control at the interval.
Just after the hour mark, White netted his second and the Reds’ third to seemingly put the game out of Welling’s reach, but a Taylor Maloney penalty in the 69th minute and Dan Nkrumah with five left to play set up a nervy final few minutes for the hosts.
The visitors’ comeback proved too little too late, however, as Worthing hung on to their lead to win by three goals to two and move up to fifth in the National South.
Meanwhile, hosts Lancing were thumped 4-0 away to Beckenham Town – their first loss since former Mackerel Men Dean Cox and Will Hendon took over the managerial reins last month.
Lancing overcame division rivals East Grinstead in the previous round, courtesy of a single goal victory at Culver Road in mid November. The Reds were awarded a bye in round 2 following the withdrawal of opponents Lewes from the competition.
As well as familiar faces in the dugout Lancing’s squad is full of names that will be recognisable to Rebels fans.
In fact, Alieu Secka, Kyle O’Brien, Mo Jammeh, Owen Spicer and Ollie Starkey are all currently dual registered with both clubs. Furthermore Will Berry, Darius Goldsmith, Reece Hallard and Charlie Towning have all had spells at Woodside Road.
The Lancers who currently sit 17th in Isthmian League South East Division had gone six games without a win prior to Cox’s appointment before impressive wins over Ashford Town and Littlehampton in his first two games in charge.
7/1/23 – Beckenham Town – (A) – Lost 0-4
2/1/23 – Littlehampton Town – (H) – Won 1-0
17/12/22 – Ashford United – (H) – Won 3-2
10/12/22 – Chatham Town – (A) – Lost 1-2
03/12/22 – Sheppey United (H) – Lost 1-2
26/11/22 – Sittingbourne (A) – Drew 1-1
The two sides last met in a pre-season friendly at Woodside Road in August of 2021. After a goalless first half, goals from Pearce and Reece Meekums in the second period gave Worthing a 2-0 victory in their final match before the 2021/22 season commenced, and would end in the Reds gaining promotion as champions of the Isthmian League Premier Division.
Tickets can be purchased on the gates or online via TriBooking.
Adult – £10.00 (General admission.)
Concession (65+) – £5.00
Child – £2.00