The Worthing College Men’s Football AoC squad took to their first game of the season after promotion to the second tier of College football in the country.
Opponents were in the form of Moneyfields FC from the Steve Claridge Academy. With all opponents being first teams this season will be an ideal setting for player development. With many players unavailable through injury and FA Youth Cup action this allowed others to stake their claim for the season ahead. Isaiah Amoo captained the side, who were coached by Ben Coulson.
The pitch was one that the players needed to concentrate on and make sure that the conditions were played, which again is part of the game intelligence development that this programme looks to develop and reinforce amongst all players.
Despite going one down mid-way through the first half Worthing again showed resilience and determination to get themselves back into proceedings. This came just before half time with Jordan Welch scoring to make it 1-1 at half time.
Jacob Thompson in the Worthing goal was having an excellent competitive debut making some excellent saves, with a one on one definitely catching the eye. Joe Kennard and Harry Lewington at centre halves were solid throughout and as the game was stretched were needed even more, however they stood firm. Going forward Worthing looked a threat with Welch, James Lower and Conor Bull covering large distances.
A piece of quality was going to decide the game and it came with ten minutes to go. A half cleared cross fell to the Moneyfields midfielder, who scooped up the clearance and volleyed it into the top corner from 25-yards. A goal worthy of winning any game.
So all in all a great learning experience for the players and one that they will take onto the rest of the season looking to establish themselves at the next level up in College football.
After the match Coach Ben Coulson released the following statement;
“Gents of the 2nd XI.
Pleasure working with you all yesterday, a great performance against a first XI with some very talented players in it. We were in the game until the very end and you were a credit to the college, Dave and yourselves throughout.
But for a bounce here and a fingertip there we could have brought home the 3 points. Unfortunately as a result of this loss and even with the full backing of the board it is with a heavy heart I have had to submitted my resignation as 2nd XI Manager. I will be facing the media later today at the press conference but wanted you to know prior to the general public.
I hope you can find someone to support you in your quest for league and cup success in the very near future, a person that is able to help you unlock the ability that lays within. As I truly believe this team has the potential to double up this season.
Many thanks for your support through this roller coaster period.
(Worthing College 2nd XI coach Tuesday 22.09.15- Wednesday 23.09.15)