The Worthing College Men’s Football Performance Programme 2nd XI took to the field away to Bexhill Colleges’ 1st XI knowing that a win would announce them as BCS South East League winners for the second year in a row.
With this in mind Worthing started extremely brightly and could have been three goals to the good inside three minutes. Kieran O’Brien was put through one on one, however his lobbed effort went wide. Tyrone Madhani was also played in at an angle, but his powerful strike was well saved. Third time lucky though Worthing took the lead. A Sam Marsden header from a Jacob Bassett throw in made Worthing take the lead. 1-0.
For the next section of the game Bexhill began to get back into proceedings, as you would expect from an established 1st XI side. Worthing’s defence at times looked hesitant and this made the hosts get a foothold in the game. Bexhill deservedly equalised on the half hour. A diagonal pass evaded full back Jacob Bassett and and quick Bexhill winger lobbed the ball over the advancing Lee Whittaker. 1-1.
That was how the score stayed until half time. Despite the scoreline at times Worthing had played some good football, but needed to get closer to their opponents to win back possession quicker. This information was taken on board and was epitomised by Sam Brice, who leap and challenged well for a header, only to be on the end of a nasty looking fall. Brice bravely carried on for 15 minutes, but this incident seemed to spark Worthing back into life.
The front three of Marsden, Chris Potkins and Kieran O’Brien were really stretching the Bexhill back line with Madhani just in behind adding support. Worthing were pushing forward and it took changes to the line up to get Worthing the lead. Ossie Guile came on for O’Brien and made an instant impact. His cross was only half cleared to Scott Goodman, whose volley sublimely found the bottom corner. 2-1.
Despite the lead Bexhill were still dangerous and a couple of Whittaker saves highlighted this fact. Bexhill too made changes and this also culminated in an equaliser. The Bexhill number 10 drove forward to the edge of the box and unleashed a drive, which fortunately for Worthing struck the corner of bar and post.
With the game coming to an end Worthing sealed another impressive win when a Cameron Morrison free kick was attacked by Marsden, only to evade him, but fall invitingly into the path of Ossie Guile to head home for his 5th goal of the season. 3-1.
So with the final whistle came satisfaction of a job well done, however the focus was directly on to training Friday in preparation for Monday’s County Cup Final against none other than Bexhill College.
Performance Programme Coach Dave Hall was delighted with the way the players reacted in the second half “The first half for myself and Danny wasn’t good enough in terms of the shape and sharpness, so at half time we discussed what was required and to their credit the boys took this on board to produce a fantastic second half performance, which got the result. The whole squad have been magnificent this season and the 2nd team fully deserve the league title. They now move onto the County Cup Final for the chance of a double. This recognition has come through hard work and developing their game intelligence, which is what the programme is all about.”