After last Friday’s disappointment of bowing out of the AoC National Cup, the Worthing College ECFA squad took on BHASVIC in the SSFA County Cup Quarter Finals; a game with real significance and another game, which shapes the squads season.
One change was made from the Portsmouth game with Pat Webber returning for the unavailable Josh Etherington. BHASVIC were victors earlier in the season 4-3 in the ESFA National Cup and Worthing were out for revenge and a much better team performance.
The focus was to start on the front foot with a high tempo and to be fair both sides started brightly using their contrasting styles to good effect. Wingers James Thurgar and Jake Heryet were causing their full backs problems with their pace and direct nature. Mark Goldson was enjoying a lot of possession in midfield and created a great chance to take the lead, however his shot hit to top of the net, just over the bar.
From the resulting goal kick Worthing’s shape that they had been working on paid off with Scott Goodman winning the first ball, Sam Marsden flicking the ball on to Thurgar, who raced onto the ball and at the second attempt found the net. 1-0.
This opening goal made BHASVIC drop deeper and allowed Worthing to dictate play in terms of getting the ball wide and switching play at every opportunity. Positive passing from Tyler Nightingill, Goodman and Goldson were the catalysts for this. However when the game was slowed BHASVIC showed a great shape and looked to break on Worthing with the dangerous number 10, but he was being well marshalled by Elliot Dollner and the returning Webber.
Worthing’s pressure was beginning to pay off and they got a deserved second. Thurgar was again found with the great pass and his cross shot was turned in by Goodman, who had made a superb run from midfield. 2-0.
That was how the scoring stayed until half time with the focus now being on continuing the high tempo and taking the game to their opponents.
BHASVIC to their credit came out and put Worthing on the back foot from the start of the second half, however Worthing’s third killed the game as a contest. A Heryet corner was challenged by Goldson and the ball dropped to Dollner, who slammed the ball home. 3-0.
Worthing rung the changes to get players all important game time with Ross Edwards and Scott Rafferty replacing Nightingill and Jack Punter. BHASVIC were still creating chances and curled a free kick just over the bar, which had Worthing goalkeeper Jimmy Punter concerned. Worthing continued to play some great passing football both short and long, making positive decisions. The hardworking Thurgar added a fourth after cutting in and striking home with his right foot. 4-0.
Final changes were made with Nick Oxley coming on for Marsden, Eli Amoo coming on for Thurgar & Josh Warner coming on for Goldson. Oxley got himself involved straight away with two superb crosses, just evading Heryet at the back post. Then Heryet and Oxley had a competition for the easiest chance missed, both after great build up play managed to miss the target. BHASVIC weren’t done yet and Punter had to make a great block to again deny the BHASVIC number 10.
The scoring was finished when Heryet cooly finished after great work in the penalty area. 5-0. With the final whistle satisfaction of a job well done and a home draw in the semi finals against either Steyning or Imberhorne.
Performance Coach Dave Hall was pleased with the performance “today the squad showed their game intelligence by using a different strategy to the one they used against Portsmouth. They controlled the tempo and when they switched the play at pace, some superb football was played. The quality dropped a little in the second half, but I’m maybe being slightly harsh as this was an excellent overall performance and now with both squads in their respective semi finals there are some great games to look forward too. Now focus must be on the National League to push as far as we can up the table.”