The Worthing College Men’s Football Performance Programme began their season with a convincing 4-0 win away at Portsmouth College in the England Schools FA National Cup first round.
This under 18 fixture saw coaches Dave Hall & Danny Cullip hand out 7 full debuts and 2 further debuts from the substitutes bench. Potential nerves of those making debut were settled quickly when Worthing took the lead in the 3rd minute. A Ryan Fergany free kick was headed home by Charlie Northeast for his first goal for the College. This settled Worthing down and they played some very effective football on a long and dry surface. Worthing’s shape when out of possession allowed them to win the ball effectively high up the pitch, which created shooting opportunities for Fergany, Jack Barnes, Ryan Hallet and Toko Moyo, however all missing the target.
Worthing’s ability to play short and long accurate passes were stretching an inexperienced Portsmouth side and this was in evidence when Worthing extended their lead. Good link up play between Jazz Gilbertson and Barnes led to the latter delivering an accurate diagonal ball into the path of Moyo, who turned inside his full back and struck the ball inside the post and in.
Worthing’s dominance extended to the second period with possession again being won high up the pitch to set up potential attacks. Fergany struck a thunderous shot against the bar, which bounced the wrong side of the line for Worthing. Worthing had put in a great shift to ensure keeper and Captain James Binfield only had one save to make and to freshen things up changes were made. Gilbertson and Moyo were replaced by debutants Tyrone Madhani and Harry Smith. Both players made an immediate impact with Madhani running through on goal to beat the Portsmouth keeper and get the final touch in front of an opposing defender, when the chance could have gone begging.
This third goal pretty much settled the tie, but Worthing needed to maintain their performance levels to ensure a clean sheet was secured. Jared Rance replaced the tireless Josh Marshall and Rance quickly stamped his authority on the game with direct runs and wanting to play the right way. The scoring was complete with 5 minutes to go. Smith’s strong run down the left was matched by a quality delivery, which Madhani controlled and struck a sweet shot into the far corner.
Men’s Performance Coach Dave Hall was full of praise for his sides performance “The boys have really taken to our style of play and the shape was all in evidence in today’s game. They were a credit to themselves and the College, but have now set the standard, which they need to match week in week out to ensure that they develop throughout a challenging season. Next week both sides are in action and the under 19 players will be available to us, so there will be some nice headaches for us to have in next week’s team selections.”
The Worthing College Women’s Football Performance Programme welcomed Chichester Uni for two pre season matches to prepare the squad before league action starts next Wednesday against Watford’s Academy side. Chichester brought a strong 1st team including players who play for both Brighton and Portsmouth Ladies 1st teams. Both games were end to end affairs throughout with Worthing’s finishing proving to be the deciding factor in both games with Worthing’s 1st XI winning 3-2. Jade Widdows, Lucy Somes and Becky Simmonds on target. The 2nd XI were in free flowing form winning 6-4. Chloe Debaes returned with a hat trick, a Danni Lane brace and Kat Hardie were Worthing’s scorers.
Coach Mike Bridges was pleased with the afternoon’s workout. “We have been working on their patterns of play during pre-season and some of these were being used throughout both games which shows there is plenty of room for excitement for the season ahead. I would also like to thank those past College students who came back to help this year’s cohort across both games.”
The Basketball Performance Programme were also in pre season action again against Chichester University. Performance Coach James Brame reports on their preparations;
Away at Chichester in our first preseason game & we were expecting a tough test facing older bigger stronger competitcion. We had to use our speed & quickness & from the tip and we did just that attacking Chichester’s basket time after time.
We suffered under our own hoop & Chichester’s inside players took advantage of our size leading after the 1st quarter by 10. In the second we rotated & threw different defended at Chichester & made runs from stops clawing back into the game.
We were playing good unselfish team basketball & found ourselves down 7 at the half.
Third quarter again we shifted our defence & caused Chichester a lot of problems we really settled into the game & took it to them we traded baskets & heading into the final stanza we were only down 5.
The fourth saw us take control of the game using our speed to get up & down the court we rallied as a unit & with minutes to play tied the game on the back of some great team play.
Chichester sadly broke down our defence & scored some easy lay ups & as time ran out we found ourselves 6 points a drift.
We lost 73-67 but a very promising team performance we look forward to our season opener.
All in all a positive day for the Worthing College Academy of Sport. Let’s make sure this is continued in training and matches next week.
Onwards & Upwards,