An overwhelmed Alastair Worby paid tribute to Billy Turley after the young goalkeeper produced a superb performance to help Brackley Town shock Gillingham in the FA Cup first round replay at St James Park on Monday night.
Worby had previously only played two games for Brackley, including Saturday’s goalless draw against Leek, but the 20-year-old pulled off a string of top class saves to keep a clean sheet and help Saints reach the second round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
He said afterwards: “I’m a bit overwhelmed to be honest. I’m speechless. The fans were brilliant, the team were terrific and their togetherness is just unbelievable.
“It was the biggest game of my life. The nerves were pretty bad before the game but Saturday helped a lot, I showed the team what I can really do. That helped them have confidence in me, and then tonight was just brilliant.
“I’ve never played in the FA Cup before. First time and it’s a moment to savour.”
Worby, who has been training with Brackley for two months, went in goal with experienced goalkeeper Turley suspended for the tie.
He added: “I only gave Jon Brady a call two months ago and he said to come in and train.
“Billy has been brilliant. He could have just sat down in the crowd and said nothing but to be fair to him, he’s been unbelievable for me - the advice help, the work, the encouragement, the warm-up, getting on the pitch and doing it with me. He got me through a lot of it, just the experience. I haven’t got much and he helped with that massively.
“This can never be taken away. I’ve got the memory, I’ve got the videos and the photos, it’s just going to be brilliant and I can’t wait to celebrate. Now I have work at Bicester Village at 7.30am tomorrow morning!”
Worby was also asked if he can keep Turley out of team, he replied: “No, not at all! Billy’s a top goalkeeper and you can see that from his experience and his career is just unbelievable. He’s played hundreds and hundreds of league games.”