For the first time in over a month both Worthing College Men’s Football Performance squads were in action. The U18’s side had an important ESFA National Cup Last 16 game against Coulsdon College and the BCS squad took on Sussex Downs Eastbourne in only their second league game of the season.
The 18’s side welcomed back skipper Matt Smith after injury and England Schools trials. Mark Goldson also made in debut in this competition out wide and Carl Boath slotted into centre back after impressing in recent outings.
The focus was to start quickly and not allow the Surrey opposition to get a foothold into the game. This advice was heeded and Worthing took the lead after 48 seconds. Tyler Nightingill smashing the ball home from close range. 1-0 Worthing.
Worthing really had the bit between their teeth and were looking to play the ball on the floor and at pace. However Coulsdon struck back four minutes later. A long ball wasn’t cut out and keeper Jimmy Punter hesitated and with this the Coulsdon striker rounded Punter to slot home. 1-1.
Worthing had to regroup and this is what they did. A tactical tweak saw Joel Davison move wide and Scott Goodman move centrally. This had an immediate impact again Nightingill was the beneficiary with another tidy finish. 2-1 Worthing.
Goldson and Davison looked dangerous in wide areas for different reasons. Goldson was direct and dynamic with his approach and Davison was intelligent in possession, cutting inside on his left foot. The latter finally increased the lead after taking a great through ball and slotting home. 3-1 Worthing.
This should have led to Worthing moving away from their opponents, however another defensive error let Coulsdon back into the game. A poorly cleared cross was taken superbly by the Coulsdon number 10, who evaded three tackles and lifted the ball high into the net above Punter. 3-2.
Pressure from Worthing continued with the crossbar hit on four separate occasions as well as Dave Beaney hitting a post. Set pieces from Goodman were accurate and created many a goal mouth scramble. This style of play and pressure resulted in a 5-2 lead for Worthing at half time.
At half time the focus was to ensure that shape and discipline was maintained as well as keeping the ball and limiting touches to make sure that forward play is fast paced and doesn’t allow the opposition to settle.
Again credit to the players they took this on board and 5 minutes into the second half the game was out of site with Worthing adding three more goals in quick succession to make it 8-2.
This allowed changes to be made. Lee Whittaker replaced Punter in goal, Ross Edwards came back from injury to replace the hard working Oscar Gamble and after completing his hat trick Sam Marsden was given a rest with Mitchell Hartley replacing him.
These changes didn’t effect how Worthing played, which was again with intelligence and with the ball on the floor, passing in a quick and confident style. The only blot on the copybook in the second half was a 35-yard free kick from Coulsdon, which found the top corner. 8-3.
The scoring was still not finished with Worthing not giving their opponents time to settle and the scoring finished at 13-3. Scorers on the day were Joel Davison (4), Sam Marsden (3), Tyler Nightingill (2), Mark Goldson (2), Dave Beaney & Scott Rafferty.
This comprehensive scoreline has now set up a tasty quarter final tie away to Stanmore College from Middlesex. The teams have met before when Stanmore played Category 1 National League football and the record was even, so an exciting game in store.
WORTHING COLLEGE MEN’S FOOTBALL U19’s BCS XI VS. SUSSEX DOWNS EASTBOURNE – BCS SE REGIONAL LEAGUE – A – WON 3-2
The BCS squad travelled to Eastbourne to play only their third game of the season. The squad were looking to build on their impressive wins so far. Joe Patching made his debut and Kieran O’Brien returned after an injury layoff.
The game was played at a frenetic pace and was easily the biggest test the squad had been given all season. Kieran O’Brien’s brace and Ryan Mackley’s goals ensure that their unbeaten start continued with a 3-2 win.
Performance Coach at the game Danny Cullip was extremely pleased with the quality on show and it also gave the opportunity for players to impress off the bench with George Dennis getting a special mention for his excellent contribution to the performance and final score.
With two Cup games for the squad next week this will allow more of the Performance Programme to show their game intelligence and how far they have come as players since the start of the season.
Performance Programme Coach Dave Hall was exceptionally pleased with both performances “firstly it was great to see two games today. Its been slightly frustrating that players haven’t been able to put into practice what they have been working on at the training field. After speaking with Danny he was really pleased with their team performance and it shows that what’s going on in training games is being replicated. Also massive credit to the U18’s squad, who kept going despite being heavily on top. It was also great to see some excellent possession football, which shows the confidence flowing and will put the whole programme in good stead for the remaining games before the Christmas break.”