Last gasp Crabb puts Rye through

Sam Crabb scored in the nick of time to put Rye into the last 32
Sam Crabb scored in the nick of time to put Rye into the last 32

Sam Crabb struck in the dying seconds to send Rye United through to the last 32 of the FA Vase.

Crabb gave Rye a 1-0 victory over South Park tonight (Tuesday) with a superbly taken solo goal and there was barely time for the opposition to kick-off before the final whistle blew.

The win over a South Park side which reached FA Cup fourth round qualifying earlier in the season sets up a home tie against Guernsey on Saturday January 19.

There was little incident during an uneventful first half other than Rye captain Anthony Storey having a shot tipped over and Sam Adams, playing at full-back, hitting the post.

South Park had Jack Higgins sent-off early in the second period following a clash with Storey, but the numbers were levelled up moments later when Jack Franklin saw red for a robust challenge which sparked a mass confrontation of players.

Storey was denied by the away goalkeeper when well placed and Liam Upton had a low shot palmed wide, while at the other end, Josh Willis made a fine save to tip over Kieran Lavery’s header.

Just as it looked like extra-time was going to be required, Crabb latched onto a ball out of defence, outpaced one defender and cut inside another before finding the net for the 94th minute winner.

Rye: Willis, Adams, Woodley (O’Callaghan), Alexander, Kelly, Franklin, Storey, Maclean, Upton, Atkin, Crabb. Subs not used: Hope, Ramsay, Cooper, Diallo.

See Friday’s Rye Observer for a full report, reaction and pictures.