The Worthing College Men’s Football AoC XI were back in action this week in the form of the SSFA County Cup. Opponents were Oriel School from Crawley and their 1st XI.
With the recent weather conditions the pitch going was “soft”, so the players game intelligence was going to be tested in the form of who would play the conditions best.
Worthing started positively by keeping a good shape and looking to play the ball out wide with a high tempo. Its wasn’t long before Worthing took the lead. Conor Bull setting up the returning Sam Marsden to score. 1-0.
However going into the lead seemed to relax Worthing and this was dangerous, especially with the difficult windy conditions. It wasn’t long before Oriel were level. The goal came about from a set piece, which Worthing failed to clear and combining this with poor marking led to the hosts getting back into the game 1-1.
Credit to Worthing they refocused and quickly got themselves back into a commanding position. This time roles were reversed with Marsden setting up Bull. 2-1.
It seemed like Worthing were destined to be in the draw for the quarter finals, however with ten minutes left Oriel equalised to send the game to extra time. With light closing in 10 minutes each way was agreed and Worthing stepped the performance up a gear with additional fitness showing in the end. Marsden got his second and with Scott Goodman & James Lower scoring in the final minute to make the final score 5-3.
Performance Coach Dave Hall was extremely pleased with the squad being in the quarter finals “Cup matches are about being able to progress into the next round. The boys had some different challenges this week in terms of the pitch condition as well as the weather and they have shown their game intelligence at times in terms of playing the ball into the right areas. Progression now is to ensure focus and concentration is there for the full 90 minutes, which in this case may have saved extra time. The lads will recover on Friday and go again, looking forward to the quarter final stage at home to Hazelwick.”