The Worthing College Men’s Football Performance Programme took to the soggy HillBarn playing fields to take on Easton College, who travelled from Norwich for this ECFA National League match. With both teams well in contention for a 2nd place in the league and therefore a playoff place this match was looking to be a tense affair.
The pitch wasn’t conducive for attractive football, so it would be the side who adapted to the conditions best, who would come out the victors. The aim was to get at the visitors early due to their long trip to the coast and this was in evidence from the off. Jazz Gilbertson & Jack Barnes were controlling the middle of the park, releasing wingers Charlie Dennis and Chris Potkins at ease. Full debutant Scott Goodman, also impressed just behind striker Luke Richards, who opened the scoring with a thunderbolt from the edge of the area after good work from Dennis and a Jimmy Punter clearance. The visitors rallied and got back into the game straight away. A contentious hand ball shout was waved away and the Easton forward latched onto the ball and volleyed it over a surprised Punter. 1-1. Worthing needed to step it up. Punter was again at the heart of the action and it was his drop kick, who released Dennis and he again combined with Richards, who cooly finished his second of the game 2-1 Worthing.
As these games were always going to be tight affairs it was vital that Worthing took their chances during their dominance in the game. They did just that with Richards and Goodman combining for Dennis to net his 17th of the season after 30 minutes. 3-1.
The scoring still wasn’t finished in the first half and it was the hard working Potkins, who finished in the bottom corner after a cross from the right hand side. 4-1. The half time focus was to continue the hard work and intelligent territorial play. Again the players each to a man were superb, however goals were not to come by and with Easton making it an extremely competitive game the back four of Josh Parazo, the returning Jacob Parazo and makeshift centre half pairing of Matty Isaacs and Dave Beaney kept firm to ensure that Worthing have now won 3 on the bounce at National League level and are looking forward to their County Cup Semi Final next week against arch rivals City College of Brighton.
Performance Coach Dave Hall was extremely pleased with the performance “the lads really stepped up their footballing development, with an exceptionally intelligent display. They played in the right areas and at times their one and two touch passing was first rate, especially on a difficult playing surface. Easton definitely played their part in an extremely competitive game and it shows that at this level you need to be on the top of your game, both mentally and physically to ensure effective performances.”
Onwards & Upwards,