The Men’s Football Academy 1st XI travelled to Basildon for their penultimate ECFA National League game against SEEVIC. Worthing had slim hopes of making a playoff place with a win and started brightly in difficult conditions, made worse by a hail storm.
Harvey Sparks had the first chance of the game, however his strike sailed over the SEEVIC bar. SEEVIC then went up the other end and forced a corner, which was only half cleared to the edge of the box where the SEEVIC number 10 slammed a shot using the greasy surface past Jimmy Punter 0-1.
This seemed to stir Worthing into life and the 1-2 touch passing was at times exceptional. A move like this lead to the equaliser. A well worked moved between Oran Guile, Charlie Dennis & Luke Richards led to Dennis squaring the ball across the box for Jazz Gilberton to caress home. 1-1.
It wasn’t long before Worthing took the lead. Great work between Sparks and Richards led to the latter crossing for Guile to head home after a great out to in run. 2-1.
Worthing now needed to settle to take the game forward. However again at a set piece they let themselves down. The ball this time fell to the SEEVIC number 8 on the edge of Worthing’s box to slam home. 2-2.
Worthing seemed to be in control of proceedings, however the hosts seemed dangerous on the attack with one effort just going over Punter’s crossbar. As the half time approached Worthing re-took the lead. Another well worked move led to Dennis squaring to Sparks, who struck the ball home from the edge of the box. 3-2.
The focus at half time was to concentrate on defending and making sure that Worthing could see the game out. However it was the set piece that was to be Worthing’s undoing! This time it was the second ball that wasn’t cleared and allowed the SEEVIC number 4 to hook the ball home. 3-3.
Worthing now really piled the pressure on their hosts, but at times to no avail. Charlie Dennis was looking to get back on the scoresheet, but the combination of defenders and the SEEVIC stopper thwarted him time and again. Worthing again took the lead with 10 minutes remaining. From an Oran Guile corner Luke Richards capitalised to slam the ball home through a sea of SEEVIC bodies. 4-3.
Worthing really should have seen the game out, but a cross was allowed to come into the Worthing penalty area, which was again not cleared properly and fell to the SEEVIC substitute to side foot the ball home. 4-4. Worthing continued to knock on the door, but it wasn’t to be their day and two points definitely dropped.
Performance Coach Dave Hall was philosophical about the result “at times the boys played some exceptional 1-2 touch football, which opened SEEVIC up. We created enough chances to win three games today, however when things are going for you in that sense you need to shut up shop as a unit and unfortunately the lads didn’t do this today. I’m still so proud of their commitment and quality this year and I hope they take this on as part of their footballing development.”
Meanwhile the 2nd XI maintained their perfect record in the BCS SE Performance League with an emphatic 5-0 win at home to South Downs. The game was played at Palatine Park, which allowed Worthing to get into their stride early. At half time the score was 3-0 and with Performance Coach Danny Cullip giving his bench a chance to impress a further 2 goals were scored in the second half. Mitchell Hartley took the match ball with a hat trick, Sam Rutherford & Kieran O’Brien were also on target in an extremely effective performance by all involved.
Onwards & Upwards,