The Worthing College bowed out of the BCS Elite National Cup Semi Final 22-13 to Myerscough College (Sale Sharks) at Worthing Leisure Centre last Wednesday. The weather and pitch conditions allowed the match to be an extremely tight and nervous affair, with Worthing not capitalising on opportunities to put real pressure on their more illustrious opponents in the second half when 15-8 down. An excellent individual effort from Harry Green as well as a Nick White touchdown was added to by a Bart Pegg penalty, however despite Worthing’s efforts the more physical and potentially experienced side ran out close winners. Performance Programme Coach Ben Coulson could not have been more proud of his squad of players when providing his summary of proceedings;
“It was disappointing to lose in such tight circumstances, however the boys showed exceptional commitment and effort in difficult playing conditions.
Its unfortunate that we started so slowly as it had been a focus in weeks prior to the match, our first touch coming after their first score. But when you are playing in a national semi final against a side such as Myerscough (Sale Sharks Academy) then the expectation has to be pressure, immense pressure and producing your best in that environment.
Once we started playing and asking the opposition questions of our own the game changed. Harry Green scored an excellent try beating a number of defenders from a turnover in midfield.
In the second half there were opportunities to put real pressure on the Myerscough side, however lapses in concentration blew the moment especially at 15- 8 down when another score would have brought us level.
I could not be more proud of the students, all of the work that they have done over the past 2-3 years culminated in two very close misses this season. No more could be asked or given and that is the measure of the level these students are playing at- you wont get that anywhere else in the South East of England.”
Meanwhile the Worthing College Football Performance Programme have continued their preparation for their ECFA National League Playoff, by continuing their training programme at the College. Performance Programme Coaches Dave Hall & Danny Cullip are hoping for a fully fit squad to choose from after the players exploits this season. With other Premier League matches still to be played Worthing still do not know their opponents, but the match will be played on either Wednesday 9th or 16th May at the new Palatine Park Complex, which Worthing Town have allowed the College to use the senior pitch and facilities for this all important game. The 2nd XI completed their BCS Performance league programme with an excellent point at home to South Downs, who before had not dropped a point in the league this season. Despite going 1-0 down in the first half Worthing controlled the game with both the wind at their back and in their face. Worthing scored a deserved equaliser early on in the second half through a Ryan Hallett penalty, which was won by Toko Moyo. Coaches Cullip and Hall were impressed by the way that Worthing adapted their game in both halves, using the weather conditions effectively.
Onwards & Upwards,