Worthing upload a must-see video of their keeper’s astonishing save in his side’s FA Cup win at Eastbourne Borough on Saturday.
The clip has gone on to get widespread attention, with the views climbing fast on Twitter as it gets shared more and more by fans.
Worthing said in their match report: “In stoppage time he produced a terrific triple save to preserve Worthing’s lead – words cannot describe the level of what was one of the best goalkeeping moments you will ever see!”
Eastbourne meanwhile wrote: “The Sports were relentless with their pressure, and should have been level in stoppage time.
“Decarrey Sheriff cut in from the right, but saw his low drive well saved by Rees diving to his left.
“The loose ball presented itself to Emmerson, who got there first and his header looked set to find the net but Rees’s superb reactions kept the ball out before the keeper clawed the ball to safety.”
— Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) September 18, 2023
The game itself saw just one goal, Worthing advancing through to the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round to maintain their impressive start to the 2023/24 campaign.
worthing started the brighter, but it was Eastbourne who had the first big chance of the game on 12 minutes when Paxman slotted in Remy for the visitors who grazed the bar with his effort.
In the 33rd minute, Rees kept out Yaser Kasim from close range with a brilliant stop and then from a resulting corner, and then tipped the ball over the bar to deny Remy.
Just after that, Worthing went ahead with Wheeler going down the left flank, stood up a perfect cross for Jake Robinson, 37, who headed the ball into the back of the net in his first game for over a year having returned from a horrific injury.
Rees continued to put in a superb shift in stopping Kasim and Emmerson, and then in the 79th minute, he stood up to smother Emmerson who looked close to getting that equaliser having raced through on goal, after a slip from Joe Rye.
The dying moments saw Smith get onto a ball down the flank, but his effort was denied by Dudzinski, then the ball fell to Sonny Fish who subsequently chipped over the bar.
Right at the end, Racine cleared Gravata’s volley off the line to breath a sigh of relief for Worthing.
Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood said post-match: “Very lucky, aren’t we? Thought it was a bad performance. Let too many crosses come in our box, let people just drift inside and get shots off. And defending in wide areas was embarrassing. And, yeah, I suppose it’s sign of good team when you can play as bad as that and get through. But, yeah, I just said to them there, we can’t accept that. It’s a bad performance, in my opinion.
“Started well, first 20 minutes, nice and comfortable, but same old story in it. You have all the possession first half and they have the best chances of the game and what good is that? Yeah, we don’t have enough kidding edge in both boxes and we’re extremely lucky today. Rocco’s made some great saves. I think it summed Joe Rye up when he slipped over there. Any 50/50, I thought they won, ricochet to them. And, yeah, all in all, pretty poor to watch.”
When asked, Why do you think that was?, he replied: “Don’t know.I just questioned whether we got it in us. There’s no talking, no organizing out on the pitch, and when you haven’t got that, it’s hard. So, yeah, very, very lucky to be going through and lots for us to work on.”
On the keeper’s saves: “I think it’s actually hit that wheel there rather than the post because it makes a different sound when it hits that the officials can not see that it’s beyond me, but, yeah, that was sum it up, really. Yeah, it was unbelievable. Safe. He was disappointed with not holding it last week and he’s made up for this week and he’s the reason that we’re going through today.
“So, yeah, we count myself extremely lucky. Going to have to work tirelessly on the training field this week. There’s a youth team game again, but we’re going to have to get in and work and analyze and see just quite how poor we were and put it right.”
Fans reacted as Worthing upload the must-see video of their keeper’s astonishing save in the FA Cup win at Eastbourne…
@samcaley22: Cannot begin to describe how good this is
@Michael_HTFC: Striker just had to head that anywhere but at the keeper and it’s a goal
@JackMulhall92: Incredible @Daceyk1
@PeterVale8: Kept us in the Cup. Love Kane hands on head expecting the net to ripple.
@HaigK21: That is sensational 🔥🔥🔥
@YouYeltz: That is ridiculous 🥵
@SamPeters_BHAFC: How did he get to that 👀👀
@Will_Odinson: Tremendous stuff!
@BenAshelford1: That is unreal tbf 👏
@SalesHunterPro: That’s a worldie of a save fit for @BBCMOTD @GaryLineker
@markbaker_1: Wow. Absolute worldie of a save 👏🏻👏🏻
@Hannahli1989: The definition of #SafeHands 🤯🤯 absolutely incredible!!
@RobFinney_Dream: Unbelievable that is!
@antbraithwaite1: Oh my god
@LeahJWalker: That second save is absolutely unreal!
@rob_utmost: Fair play that’s absolutely class 👏