Hallsy’s Weekly Look Around the Academy – So close…

Worthing College Men’s Football Performance Programme 1st XI reinforced their lead in the ECFA National Premier league after fighting back from 2-1 down to defeat East Berkshire 4-2 at East Preston FC and avenging the ECFA National Cup defeat earlier on in the month. Worthing took the lead through a long range Ryan Fergany effort, but East Berkshire took the lead after two defensive errors to go into the break 2-1 ahead. After a change in personnel and some constructive words, Worthing’s response was excellent with the returning Fergany scoring two minutes into the second half to get the game back to all square. A second change saw Toko Moyo come into the fray and his impact was almost instant, as he ran onto a through ball, beat the East Berkshire goalkeeper, only to be brought down by him to concede the penalty. Top scorer Joe Warner stepped up to give Worthing the lead. Moyo again was in the thick of the action and it was his closing down that forced an error from the East Berkshire captain, which led to Moyo being upended for the second time. The result was the same with Warner striking his penalty into the opposite corner from the first to seal the win. Worthing’s three points took them 9 points clear and with Kingston losing to AFC Wimbledon, Worthing have now secured at least second spot, which guarantees a National Play off spot, but coach Dave Hall does not want the squad to rest on their laurels “Both squads have been excellent this season, especially with their willingness to learn and develop. This is now the business end of the season where all competitions are up for grabs and the players need to stay focused to hopefully win the league to ensure a home draw in the playoffs, but first and foremost the upcoming County Cup Finals for both squads are the immediate priority.”

The Rugby Performance Programme had their second season defining match in as many weeks as they took the long trip to Exeter in the British Colleges’ National League Playoff Quarter Finals. Worthing were out the blocks quickly and didn’t seem to be affected from the 4 hour road trip as they quickly went into a 15-0 lead. However the home side got themselves back into the game and scored a game defining try, which was converted to edge Worthing out 26-25. Performance Programme Coach Ben Coulson was proud of his players “despite the long journey we started extremely well and the players gave it their all and left everything on the pitch. Its not the first time that the Rugby Programme have been beaten in the final stages of a National Competition over the last three years, so the players just need to dust themselves off and go again, especially as the squad still have the BCS National Cup last 4 against Myerscough, which will again be a test and one that I’m sure they will give their all in.”

The Women’s Football Performance Programme again had two matches in a week, but this time their week was and extremely positive one scoring 16 goals and only conceding one in the process. Firstly Worthing overcame Priory College, who are linked to Charlton Athletic 5-1. On Friday Worthing had a Sussex Schools league match against Steyning, which gave Performance Programme Coach Mike Bridges the opportunity to play some squad players as well as those coming back from long term injury. Worthing’s attitude was excellent and this showed with the 11-0 scoreline. Despite the difference in class coach Bridges thought that it was still a worthwhile work out to ensure that competition for places in high coming into the upcoming County Cup Final against Chichester on March 21st at Worthing FC with a 7.30pm kick off and entry on the night is free.

The Worthing College Sports Performance Programme has an already well updated blog site and Facebook fan page, which keeps all up to date with news, reports and photos from all the Programmes work. It has now launched a YouTube channel where all the footage from match analysis DVD’s are online for all to view. To subscribe to this site visit http://www.youtube.com/user/wcacademyofsport?ob=0&feature=results_main or type “Worthing College Sport” into the YouTube search bar.

Onwards & Upwards,

Hallsy

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