The Worthing College Men’s Football Programme BCS squad had two matches this week and were looking to go for the second season running with a 100% unbeaten record in the BCS SE League. Their first opponents on Monday were Highbury College, so the squad travelled to Moneyfields FC looking for a positive start to the week.
Unfortunately Worthing started poorly and with a bobbly surface it was the hosts, who took the lead with a short corner not dealt with and a long range strike from the edge of the area. 0-1. Worthing replied straight after from the penalty spot after the Highbury full back handled in the area. Oran Guile stepped up to equalise 1-1. This was how the score stayed until half time. Changes were made with Oscar Gamble, Kieran O’Brien and Ryan Mackley coming on. The impact was instant with O’Brien and Mackley combining for Guile to toe poke the ball home into the far top corner. 2-1.
After this point their was only one winner, however Worthing were definitely not at their fluid best. Danny Baeza-Wigzell was superb in the middle of the park, looking to set the tempo at every opportunity and with Gamble being calm centrally Worthing were getting a foothold into the game. The third came from Mackley who smashed the ball home after a shot was parried by the Highbury keeper and O’Brien finished off the scoring with a side foot effort to make the final score 4-1.
Worthing went into their final game of the season against South Downs 2, who were a strong outfit when the corresponding fixture was played. Worthing started brightly even though the score was 0-0 at half time. With tackles flying in Worthing kept their discipline and nerve to come out 4-0 winners in the end and seal their third league title in a row. Oran Guile, Kieran O’Brien, Mitchell Hartley and an OG were the scorers.
Performance Coach Dave Hall was exceptionally proud of this achievement; “The BCS squad has shown to be a very good breeding ground for players to step up into the National League. This has again been the case this season with many players representing both squads this season. This hopefully bodes well for the season and also developing the players game intelligence, which is what the programme is all about. We will now look to promote the squad to a Category 2 status, which will mean they will be playing against first teams week in week out, which will only enhance the player development.”