This week saw many of the Worthing College Sports Performance Programmes in make or break matches in their seasons and they came out on top to continue the Colleges’ fine season up to now.
The Rugby Performance Programme took on Oaklands College in the Last 8 of the British Colleges’ National Cup at Worthing Leisure Centre. Worthing started brightly and took the game to their illustrious opponents and eventually reached an unassailable lead, eventually coming out 32-0 winners. Try scorers on the day were Declan Peake, Adam Fastnedge & Jack Roberts. Barney Lyons kicked the extras. Performance Coach Ben Coulson was extremely pleased with the players efforts and is looking forward to the Semi Final at home to Myerscough College of Preston “The boys were all fantastic today, which they have been all season. They fully deserve this next game against a College, who are heavily linked with Sale Sharks and it will be great to see how far these players have come in their time with us. This is what the Performance Programme is all about, players developing their individual and team intelligence, which can surely only develop against teams such as Myerscough.”
The Men’s Football Performance Programme were both in their respective County Cup Finals, which is the first time this has happened in the history of Worthing College Football. The 2nd XI took on Hazelwick School’s 1st XI in their Semi Final and put in a performance that saw them never behind, being 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 3-1 then 3-2, which was the final score. Worthing’s goalscorers were Captain Adam Bardouleau, Matt Hardman and Ryan Hallett. The 2nd XI now play Thomas Bennett of Crawley’s 1st XI at Lancing FC on Wednesday 21st March with a 7.30pm KO. This will be the second time that the 2nd XI have reached the final of this competition in three years and will hope for the same outcome from 2010, a 1-0 win over Hazelwick School.
The 1st XI made hard work of their semi final, which was against Sussex Downs of Lewes. In the first half Worthing couldn’t really get into their rhythm and this resulted in Worthing going 1 goal down, however this seemed to spur Worthing into action and skipper Joe Warner quickly equalised, by capitalising on a goalkeeping error after a Nathan Webster strike. Worthing then took the lead just before the break with Dave O’Callaghan crossing for Warner to flick past the advancing goalkeeper. Worthing started the second half brightly, but it was Sussex Downs who got themselves back into the game, with a great long range strike. This again got Worthing going and it was Warner who completed his hat trick after taking an O’Callaghan pass in his stride, rounding the keeper and finishing cooly. The tie was put beyond doubt from an O’Callaghan corner, defender Dan Heward flicked on, which was only parried into the patch of Webster for a well deserved goal to make the final score 4-2.
Performance Coach Dave Hall is so proud of the squad when saying “Getting to the final of both competitions is a fantastic achievement and I’m sure that it is something that no College has done before. This shows the strength of the squad that we have here and this is totally down to the hard work, attitude and ability of the players. However getting to a final is one thing and its something that myself and Danny are always saying in training that you may have a really good season up until now, but more work is needed to ensure that there is something to show for the players efforts at the end of a potentially good season for the programme.”
Meanwhile the Women’s Football Performance Programme took on Filton College at Wick FC in the BCS Elite League. Worthing put in a tremendous team performance to hold the National Champions to a 0-0 draw. The Women’s Football Performance Programme are also in their County Cup Final, so this has been a good season for all football programmes with hopes of potential silverware on the way. With this as well as the performances of all the programmes, Sports Performance Programme Co-ordinator Tina Price states “The success of this Wednesday is not just a one off. All players and staff have worked extremely hard to ensure that preparation is as professional as possible so that Worthing College can compete at all levels from National League or Cup through to County Cup’s. The Rugby and Netball Programmes are also in County Cup Semi Final action soon, so there could be more Worthing College representation in County Cup finals and along with potential National Rugby and Men’s Football accolades, this is something that the College and the whole Worthing area should take note of and be proud of.”
Onwards & Upwards,