A huge cup upset occurred today as the Worthing College Football Performance Programme 1st XI bowed out the County Cup 3-1 to Collyers of Horsham.

Worthing had 5 players and coach Dave Hall on Sussex Schools duty, however the squad should have been more than able to perform at a high level to ensure passage into round 2.  However Worthing didn’t learn from mistakes through Collyers exceptional work rate, endeavour and playing of the conditions to take a 2 goal lead with long balls not being defended by the Worthing back line.

Worthing got back into the game through a Jack Barnes goal, and after a few tweaks in formation Worthing were back on top and were unlucky to have had two goals ruled out.  However mistakes were not reacted to and this led to Collyers scoring a decisive third.

Performance Coach Dave Hall was reflective in defeat “Danny and I are exceptionally disappointed at how the players conducted themselves today.  The result is irrelevant as shocks do happen in cup competitions.  All we hope is that they learn from the experience and take on board the fact that you need to earn the right and work hard against all opponents and give them the respect they rightly deserve.  Lewis Blaney & Harry Russell were the only players to take credit from the game and I don’t like singling people out, but they deserve credit for their attitude and application.  We will discuss the matter in house and make sure that after half term we learn from this and become better players and people for it.”

Onwards and very much upwards,


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