After the half term break Worthing College Men’s Football Programme were involved in another double header at Woodside Road, home of Worthing FC. The opponents for the ECFA XI were the same as before half term, Club Langley and were looking for revenge after Worthing were victorious at the game in Beckenham.
Again changes were rung with injuries and player unavailability with Worthing FC involved in the first round of the FA Youth Cup. For Worthing the game started extremely positively with the ball being passed around a pace and with precision. This resulted in the first goal with a free flowing move finished by the in form Harry Russell. 1-0. As the half wore on it was clear to see that Club Langley were a group of talented players and this was shown by their first real strike that rattled the cross bar. Worthing were looking to break up play and catch Club Langley on the break. This resulted in Worthing’s second goal. A great pass saw Jake Heryet break free down the right and his cross was pulled back for Joel Davison to finish sublimely into the top corner. 2-0.
From this Worthing should have kicked on, however they seemed to take their foot off the gas, which gave Club Langley the initiative and back into the game. Worthing allowed their striker to turn in the penalty area and drive the ball cross goal for the left winger to fortunately get enough contact to see the ball hit the back of the net. 2-1.
Uncharacteristically Worthing looked frail defensively and were not doing their basic tracking of runners and taking responsibility for their own individual roles, which again allowed Club Langley to level with a composed strike into the far corner. 2-2.
At half time it was an opportunity to re-focus and start to earn the right again. Worthing unfortunately had the worst start possible. A strike from the Club Langley striker went in off the near post. 2-3. The introduction of Sam Marsden did seem to spark life into Worthing’s play, which gave fresh life into the performance and Worthing got back into the game at 3-3 with James Thurgar tapping in.
With the clock ticking down Worthing allowed more pressure onto themselves with one attack resulting in Club Langley taking the lead decisively. Unfortunately after a great Nick Oxley tackle the ball cannoned off Elliot Dollner into the net 3-4. With that Worthing continued to chase the game with chances being produced through Heryet, Russell and Thurgar, however with two minutes to go the killer strike came from outside the penalty area to make it a final scoreline of 5-3 to the visitors.
Performance Coach Dave Hall was left frustrated by the performance “I feel pretty gutted for the players right now. They started so brightly and should have taken the game away from their opponents. However what needs to be learned is that you need to continue the good base of work to ensure that performance continues at the high level it started from. You can’t afford to take your foot off at this level because the players you play against are of a high standard and will punish you. Again another learning opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing the squad bounce back in their next game.”
Onwards & Upwards,