It was late heartbreak as an added time penalty gifted Worthing victory, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Carshalton Athletic 1 – 2 Worthing Isthmian Premier League Saturday 1st February 2020 Attendance: 550 Last five results: WWLDL Our ‘Man of the Match’: Luke Read
Team news There were four changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Haringey Borough last time out – Ricky Korboa and Kershaney Samuels were out injured, Ernold Haxhiu dropped to the bench and Lenny Hein missed out as Bobby Price, Ola Sogbanmu, Daniel Pappoe and Christie Pattisson all started.
Kick-off The Robins got off to an absolute flyer in this one – just 10 minutes on the clock as Paris Hamilton-Downes got down the left and his low cross was only cleared to Lewis White whom whipped a shot beyond Carl Rushworth and into the top corner.
It took the league leaders a further five minutes to register their first effort on Carshalton’s goal, but top scorer Ollie Pearce shot wide of the target.
Carshalton were looking the more likely going forward but stray passes or wayward through balls meant they couldn’t build on their lead and Worthing equalised just after the half-hour mark.
A cross from the right was only headed out as far as Finley Stevens and the full back’s effort took a wicked deflection off Daniel Pappoe to wrong-foot Kleton Perntreou.