This week saw the 2nd XI return to BCS SE League action after the Christmas break. Waterhall’s 3G surface was the venue to ensure that the game beat the weather. Worthing were in confident mood and wanted to maintain their unbeaten start in the BCS League against Collyers of Horsham. However the game started in a scrappy way, with possession being squandered and neither goalkeeper being tested.
Debutant Oran Guile was trying to link midfield and forward line, but the final ball was just missing on more than one occasion. Midway through the first half Worthing began to get into their passing game with Josh Marshall stinging the hands of the Collyers keeper from 25 yards. However the game remained goalless at the interval.
At half time Performance Programme Coaches Danny Cullip and Dave Hall made a couple of changes with Sam Marsden and David Beaney entering the fray, with both having what turned out winning impacts on the game. Marshall moved into a more central position and his work in the Collyers penalty area found Beaney, whose strike was enough to beat the Collyers stopper. 1-0.
This seemed to raise the confidence in Worthing and have the opposite effect on their opponents. It wasn’t too long before Marsden was in on the act after a Marshall strike was well saved, Marsden was there to finish with a thunderbolt of a strike from 12 yards. 2-0.
Collyers seemed to tire and Marsden claimed his second of the game with 15 minutes to go, with another clean strike. Worthing completed the scoring with 5 minutes to go. Captain Matty Isaacs ran through the midfield and struck a clean right footed effort into the far corner, past the despairing dive of the Collyers keeper. 4-0 final score.
So Worthing maintained their position at the top of the BCS SE League, being the only team unbeaten. Performance Programme Coach Dave Hall was happy with the outcome “Danny and I expected the start of the game to be a scrappy affair, due to the time out they have had. However we have trained well since coming back and this was shown in how the team kept their shape and patience. Once they went ahead there seemed to be only one winner and it was great to see the substitutions making an impact. The 2nd XI have had a positive season so far and will need to continue on with their development if they are to have a successful season, with some of the younger squad members looking to push for a first team place, its a very effective environment at the moment, which is what we try to create year on year to ensure players can maximise their potential and progress onto high levels of football and performance”