A mixed bag of results this week for the Men’s Football Performance squad. The 1st XI had two matches this week with the first being a last 32 ESFA National Cup tie away to Sussex Downs Lewes. Worthing stormed into a 2-0 lead with goals from Charlie Dennis and Josh Marshall, both from set pieces. Worthing were in command, however a loose goal got Sussex Downs back into the game straight after half time. Sussex Downs grew in confidence and equalised again against the run of play. Worthing seemed frustrated, but still created chances with Harry Smith and Charlie Dennis going very close. A contentious winner for Sussex Downs increased Worthing’s frustrations and a chance was missed to progress far in a national competition.
Performance Coach Dave Hall was scratching his head after this one “we have come away from the game loosing, however we didn’t play badly at all. Looking back at the video of the game the boys played some great football considering the size of the pitch and bobbly conditions. The boys will need to learn that in games you don’t always get what you deserve and take this into their footballing development.”
The 1st XI had a chance to put this right in the second National Cup of the season, when they took on St Vincent’s of Gosport on Wednesday. Worthing took 2 minutes to take the lead. A Harvey Sparks corner was met at the second attempt by Charlie Dennis. Worthing again dominated, however a poor defensive wall let St Vincent’s equalise after 20 minutes. Worthing showed great character to bounce back after Wednesday’s defeat and despite missed chances from Luke Richards, Sparks and Harry Smith the latter scored a superb second after a well weighted pass from Sparks. Dennis finished proceedings with a wonder 30 yard strike that kept the keeper rooted to the spot to clinch a 3-1 win and an away tie between either Sandwich College or Portsmouth College.
The 2nd XI maintained their superb start to the season hitting 12 goals past Chichester College 3rd XI to no reply. Worthing played some ruthless football and took the chances that they made. Scorers on the day were Kieran O’Brien (3), braces for Mitchell Hartley, Alfie Yates & Sam Marsden. Danny Groves, Dan Munt & Oscar Gamble also scored. It was a great game to see the depth of the squad and allowed players to make their debuts and see how far they have developed in the programme and with big games coming up for both squads it was an extremely worthwhile exercise.
Onwards & Upwards,