The second game of the day saw the AoC squad take on City College Brighton in the AoC Category 2 Regional League. With many first team players in City Colleges’ line up, this was going to be a big test of Worthing in terms of how far they have come in their development.
The game started extremely evenly with Worthing looking to get the ball down and play the first pass they see. Worthing were looking to take the game to their near neighbours and this was evident with some long range shots that were well dealt with by the City College goalkeeper. His best save was to deny Jordan Welch after a great move involving three or four players with Conor Bull’s cross met by Welch, but superbly tipped over.
City College grew into the game as the half wore on and Worthing were thankful to Ben Bingham, who made a superb save at the feet of the onrushing City College striker.
With chances at a premium half time the scores were level. A half well done, however this needed to be replicated in the second half. Unfortunately City College started like a train and quickly got into a 2-0 lead. The first goal was a lapse in concentration allowing the full back in to finish. The second allowed the number 10 to run through and beat Bingham one on one.
Most team would and could have crumbled, not this group of players. Worthing kept their heads and discipline with Isaiah Amoo and Chay Peters breaking up play in midfield looking to spring attacks. Worthing got back into the game from a great piece of movement. A Joe Patching clip over the top was met by James Lower, who took the ball round the keeper to finish. 1-2.
This seemed to step Worthing on further with City College on the retreat and it seemed to create gaps in the City College back line. The tireless Josh Warner broke free and he played the ball forward for the onrushing substitute Keiran Denyer to slot the ball home. Offside appeals were waved away. 2-2.
Worthing continued to press forward and with five minutes to go they thought they had pulled off a magnificent result. Bull took hold of the ball on the left and beat his man to strike the ball across the City College keeper 3-2. Could Worthing hold on?
Unfortunately the answer was no, but the equaliser was a worldie, which Bingham didn’t have too much of a chance with a bullet 25 yard effort. 3-3.
So the final whistle blew with the result being drawn, however the squad can be satisfied with their days work. Performance Coach Dave Hall was really pleased with the performance “the squad showed great work ethic and desire for each other today. Most sides would have crumbled at 2-0 down, however they picked themselves up and played some excellent football along with way. All that is needed is to understand that focus is key for the full 90-95 minutes to ensure that results support the positive performances, but these players are always learning, which is a great thing to see.”