The Worthing College Men’s Football Programme have seen both squads go into 2013 top of their respective leagues after the 2nd XI fought back to defeat local rivals Chichester College 3-2 in the BCS South East Performance League.
Due to recent weather Worthing moved the match to Waterhall’s 3g surface in Brighton and it was Worthing that got into their stride quickly with chances being created by Jared Rance, Josh Marshall and Charlie Dennis. Captain Matt Hardman also went close with a spectacular overhead kick, however despite having most of the play it was Chichester that took the lead with a strike from the edge of the area after a half cleared corner. More chances fell Worthing’s way however the score stayed the same until half time.
The message at half time was to maintain the intensity and not get frustrated as more chances will surely come. With this still ringing in the Worthing players ears it was again Chichester who struck, again from a poorly defended corner, which allowed the Chichester centre half to tap in.
Worthing really needed to step things up and they certainly did. Hardman, Dennis and Ryan Hallett began to take control of the midfield and with 20 minutes remaining the comeback began when Rance turned his man and passed the ball into the net from 20 yards out. Worthing were now piling on the pressure with Marshall and again Rance going close. It was the former that got Worthing back on level terms. Marshall beat his man and drove an angled 25 yard effort into the top left hand corner. The comeback was complete with 10 minutes remaining when a Marshall corner was met by centre half Rob Haggart whose header looped over the Chichester goalkeeper.
After the game Performance Programme Coach Dave Hall was pleased with the sides comeback “the boys really showed great attitude and character in today’s game. Many sides would have thrown in the towel and would have lost, but this group of players are really developing their game intelligence and the mental side of the game, which is what we try and develop at the Academy to add to their technical abilities.” Coach Hall and fellow Coach Danny Cullip placed special praise on centre half Callum Lee, who was excellent in his first full start in the starting line up.
The Women’s Football Performance Programme travelled to Reading to take on the John Madejski Academy in the BCS National Cup. The game was an extremely tight affair until the hour mark where Worthing switched off and conceded three goals with the final scoreline ending up 5-0 to the hosts. Performance Coach Mike Bridges was philosophical in defeat when saying “looking at the score it seems like a heavy defeat, however we were in the game for 80 minutes, however it was the 10 minutes where we switched off and the level we are playing at if you do that you will get punished and we certainly did get punished! A definite learning curve for the girls, but I’m more than happy with the progress shown and I’m looking forward to working with this group of players in 2013.”
The Men’s Basketball Performance Programme were looking to round off an extremely impressive 2012 with progression into the fourth round of the BCS National Cup. Worthing travelled to Brockenhurst for this third round tie, but didn’t travel well as their early season form was not in evidence and Worthing ended up going down 103-60, which sees Brockenhurst proceed into the last 16 to take on Farnborough Sixth Form College for a place in the quarter finals.
A very happy Christmas to one and all!