The Men’s Football Performance Programme 1st XI maintained their National League status for a fifth season, however they were defeated by an extremely effective Milton Keynes side, who are headed towards the National Playoffs and deservedly so. Worthing were 7 players light, due to Ryman League commitments and injury. In addition to this Worthing only had one recognised defender.
Despite this the team shape was excellent and the game was extremely even. Unfortunately MK took the lead after 15 minutes after a slight drop in concentration. 1-0. Worthing continued to work hard and began to get a foothold in the game with more possession in MK’s final third. This resulted in four big chances. Jack Barnes struck over the bar twice and Harry Russell struck a volley just wide and a left footed strike just past the post. With the score looking to be 1-0 into half time Worthing were caught on the break and the score at half time was 2-0.
The second half focus was to maintain shape and look after the ball better in possession, however all was thrown out of the window within minutes after the lead being increased through a corner. 3-0. To their credit Worthing never stopped and substitute Mark Goldson had two great chances for Worthing to get back into this National League fixture, however both strikes went past the post. As the game wore on MK never let up and the final two goals were of exceptional high quality to seal a very positive result for MK. 5-0.
In defeat Performance Coach Dave Hall was philosophical “I can’t knock the work rate and application of the players today. The boys who played out of position were superb with Tyler Nighingill and Joel Davison playing a full back and Chay Peters making his debut, with all giving effort, but the quality came to the fore with MK being an exceptional side. Again more learning opportunities for these players and with many first years involved I hope this will continue their development for next season and beyond. I would like to thank the players, who have played their last game for us as they have been excellent during their time with us and I wish them well in their future education and football progression.”