A mixed week for the Men’s Football Academy. The 1st XI travelled to Milton Keynes for a key National ECFA League encounter with both sides looking to get into the top 2 for a National Playoff place. The game was an exceptionally tight and tactical affair with both sides creating half chances. Harvey Sparks had the best chance for Worthing, however he slipped at the vital moment. Unfortunately with 20 minutes to go MK took the decisive lead when Worthing failed to clear their lines with the MK midfielder to head powerfully past Worthing keeper Jimmy Punter.
To their credit Worthing pushed for an equaliser and the spectacle was one of high quality from both sides, but it was MK who sealed the game with 2 minutes left after the MK striker took advantage of a Matty Isaacs & Jimmy Punter slip to give the hosts all three points.
Despite the result Performance Coach Dave Hall was exceptionally proud of his charges “the boys kept their discipline today with regards to shape and on a better day, keeping possession a little better the result could have been different, however at this levels its the fine margins between result success or failure, however the performance and application of the players was never in doubt. This is want the programme is about with regards to developing their game intelligence.”
Meanwhile on the back of their County Cup Semi Final success the 2nd XI cemented their place at the top of the BCS SE Performance League by defeating Collyers of Horsham 5-0. Worthing were 2 up at half time and with many changes to the starting 11 it showed how much those new players are learning and developing from the Academy process. Oran Guile starred and scored a hat trick with Kieran O’Brien and midfielder Scott Goodman were also on target to continue the squads unbeaten season to date.
Onwards & Upwards,