This week saw the Worthing College Men’s Football AoC squad in action against Chichester College and their 1st XI. In the previous game two weeks ago Worthing were imperious in winning 5-1, however Chichester were definitely looking to avenge this defeat.
The game started rather evenly, but it was Chichester who got a foothold into the game with Worthing squandering possession all too often. Keeper Rui Buckland was called upon more than once to ensure that the score stayed goalless.
Worthing’s best chance of opening the scoring came from effective set pieces. Both centre backs Carl Boath and Danny Baeza-Wigzell came very close with the latter clattering the cross bar with a great effort.
As Worthing were getting into the game Chichester took the lead. A short back pass from full back Scott Rafferty was pounced upon and dispatched. 0-1.
Worthing needed to react and the midfield began to play some effective passes with Isaiah Amoo, Marshall Ball and Joel Davison looking to pick out wingers Eli Amoo and Conor Bull and it was Bull that got Chichester back into the game. Bull in a tucked in position beat his defender and then produced an excellent strike, which found the top corner. 1-1.
That is how it stayed until the half with the focus of making better decisions both in and out of possession needed to make sure of an effective performance in the second half.
Unfortunately for Worthing it seemed that they weren’t on top form and this allowed the strong 1st XI from Chichester to take the game to Worthing. Centre back Wigzell and Boath to their credit were standing up to the challenge, but were eventually worn down, which allowed Chichester to decisively take the lead. A cross from the left of quality was met well at the back post. 1-2.
Worthing to their credit huffed and puffed, but didn’t really test the Chichester keeper. A couple of crosses from James Thurgar and a free kick from Jake Heryet were the only highlights of the half for Worthing, which Chichester took the game away from the hosts in the final 10 minutes as Worthing started to tire. The fourth goal was one of class when the tall Chichester striker acrobatically volleyed home. Final score 4-1 to the visitors.
Performance Coach Dave Hall was philosophical in defeat “this is the reason why the AoC squad were promoted this season. This type of performance last season would have produced a win, however nothing would have been learnt from it. This was a very positive learning experience and the great thing in football is that there is always a game round the corner to work on what is required to keep our high standard of performance and attitude.”