The Worthing College Men’s Football Performance Programme were back on their travels; this time against unknown opponents in the form of NESCOT of Epsom.
With Worthing FC involved in the FA Youth Cup changes were again made to the starting line up, however the 16 players in attendance were an exceptionally strong outfit, which is great testament to the Football Programme.
The pitch was sloped and slightly boggy due to the time of the year, so playing the conditions were very important. The game started rather evenly with both sides giving away possession too easily, which led to no real clear cut chances.
A rare glimpse of quality opened the scoring for Worthing. Jake Heryet stepped up and curled a free kick from 25 yards out into the top corner. 1-0.
This should have pushed Worthing on, however it were the hosts that looked to test out keeper Jimmy Punter, however the Worthing stopper was up to the task. Any other chances created were high, wide and handsome of the Worthing goal.
Set pieces were again used well by Worthing with Josh Etherington coming close after a well worked free kick from Dave Beaney.
The second real piece of quality from Worthing resulted in the lead being doubled. Nick Oxley drove past his full back and cut the ball back for that man Heryet again to drive the ball sweetly into the top corner. 2-0.
At half time the focus was up the tempo and look to develop decision making in terms of the opposition and the conditions that Worthing faced.
This “mini rocket” seemed to work literally straight away. Oxley again beat his full back and chipped the ball to the back post, where fellow winger James Thurgar was on hand to head home. 3-0. A minute later Worthing had all but sealed the tie. Sam Marsden broke free, but was pulled back in the penalty area. Marsden then stepped up and sent the NESCOT keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot. 4-0.
With this Worthing looked to turn on the style and the performance with regards to decision making and passing was excellent. All players got game time and one of the substitutes, Eli Amoo got in on the act with a superb strike from the edge of the area. 5-0.
The remaining fifteen minutes were well managed by Worthing and it resulted in a positive professional performance to take their place in Round 4 in January. Performance Programme Coach Dave Hall was pleased with the second half performance “in the first half we were ok, however we all knew that there was more to come. A slight tweak of focus allowed the players to take the game to NESCOT in the second half. Again game intelligence has been developed and its great to see the squad having a positive end to 2015.”