The second game of the day saw Worthing College Men’s AoC squad take on Chichester College 1st XI in the AoC Cup 1st Round. Worthing were going to be up against it against a very strong opponent, however Worthing were never overawed by their esteemed opponents.
Worthing started the game very well looking to control possession from midfield with Isaiah Amoo and Joel Davison looking to get the team ticking and moving forward. Wingers James Lower and Conor Bull were looking to get behind at every opportunity with both players having impressive strikes early on, only to be just over the bar or saved by the visiting goalkeeper. Chichester did have quality in their side and this showed when going into a two goal lead. The first was a great cross and header and the second was a superbly worked move with Worthing goalkeeper Jacob Thompson having no chance 2-0.
This didn’t deter Worthing one bit and it was great to see the team sticking to their philosophy of playing the ball at pace and in the right areas. Worthing created chances without really worrying the Chichester keeper apart from a close own goal from the Chichester centre half.
At half time the focus was to press on with the next goal being vital in proceedings. Worthing again started positively and struck the bar through a vicious Sam Marsden strike. Chichester however extended their lead after their number 10 rode a number of challenges to finish with his left foot, despite Worthing being on top.
Worthing did soon get themselves on the scoresheet, which was fully deserved. A well worked move saw Kieron Denyer square for Jordan Welch, who added to his tally for the season 3-1. With changes being made by both sides chances were again at a premium, however Thompson make 2-3 superb saves during the game to again receive the man of the match award for his solid performance. Chichester did score a fourth late on, which did flatter, however they still deserved the victory.
Despite the defeat Performance Coach Dave Hall was exceptionally pleased with his charges “Across the programme we are looking to produce an effective learning culture with players looking to develop performance wise and as individuals, which is vital towards their progression both in football and life. The players today showed this culture and more, even with the result being a negative one. This season there is a definite step up in class, which for me is positive as I want the players to develop at this higher level. Congratulations to Chichester as they had a just a little bit more going forward, however they were massively in a game and I’m looking forward to seeing both of our sides continue to progress this season and beyond.”