A goal at the death for 10-man Worthing in St Albans’ 2-2 FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie yesterday (Saturday, September 21) means the Saints will have to wait until Tuesday for their next chance to progress.
The energetic tie at Clarence Park started brightly, with both teams looking to take control of the game.
The Saints made their mark first in the 29th minute through Joe Laciofano, whose first attempt struck the post before rebounding to him nicely to help him finish on the second attempt.
The pattern of the first half remained the same with both teams attacking keenly, but the Saints couldn’t double their lead, nor could Worthing grab an equaliser. The Saints marched into the dressing room 1-0 up.
Worthing’s half time talk must’ve been a good one because they came out all guns blazing in the second half, scoring in the 54th minute Colbran, who nodded home Pearce’s back post cross with ease.
The visitors continued to make the home side uncomfortable and almost went ahead twice in the minutes that followed. ‘Keeper Snedker made a fine stop with his leg in the 55th minute before somehow pulling off an epic trio of saves accompanied by two goal-line clearances in the 57th.
St Albans stole a goal against the run of play to make it 2-1 just a minute later as new boy Andronicos Georgiou struck a 20-yard screamer into the bottom corner of the net.
A long rest of the half followed, with St Albans trying to hang on to the lead and Worthing taking the game to them.
Worthing man Joe Tennant received a second yellow for what appeared to have been an off the ball incident but it didn’t stop Worthing going for it.
The nearly 100-minute game felt like it would never end for the Saints, and in the 95th Worthing took advantage of the extra time through a Myles-Meekums strike.
St Albans almost nicked it again in the 98th minute but this tie was destined for a replay, which will take place at Worthing on Tuesday night.