The Worthing College Men’s AoC Football squad were looking to bounce back after a relatively disapointing week after defeat to Chichester and a late equaliser against them when playing Warsash and their 1st XI.
Worthing gave another start to Liam Reynolds and Marshall Ball was back after his internal ban. Worthing knew that this was going to be a tough contest against City College and their 1st XI, who have Sussex Schools players in their ranks.
The game started positively for Worthing with Ball picking out Nick Oxley with some sublime passes. One situation where Oxley pulled the ball back, but just eluded Eli Amoo and Conor Bull.
City College were always dangerous, however centre backs Joe Kennard & Danny Baeza-Wigzell were solid and didn’t lose a header between them. Full backs Joe Patching and Carl Boath gave them excellent protection with Patching clearing one chance off the line. Ben Bingham in the Worthing goal was solid in his performance and kicking was consistent.
Worthing deservedly took the lead from a set piece. Bull delivered the corner for Baeza-Wigzell to powerfully header home. A fantastic effort. 1-0.
Worthing were playing very well and this was channeled through Liam Reynolds, who looked to get on the ball at every opportunity to make things happen.
Worthing remained in front and at half time the focus was to up the work rate even further and make sure that they were clinical in front of goal.
With City College being behind this led to Worthing getting more space and creating opportunities, but failing to capitalise. Oxley, Bull and Amoo were all guilty, however it wasn’t long until Worthing extended their lead. Bull beat two defenders and squared for Reynolds, who side footed the ball into the far corner. Another great goal. 2-0.
Worthing were in full control, however all it would take would be a City College goal to alter the momentum of the game. With time running out City got back into the game with a superb curling effort from the City College number 10. 2-1 and game on.
Worthing needed to learn from Friday’s game to ensure that the points this time were secured and won. Worthing were placed under pressure from a number of corners and set pieces, however again defensively the side stood firm and quite rightly picked up the three points.
Performance Coach Dave Hall was pleased that the squad learned from Friday’s draw at Warsash “I was really pleased with the squads application and quality today. At times our game intelligence was a lot better, however as a whole programme we still need to be clinical and ruthless when on top. The game could have been out of sight, but at 2-0 it only takes a goal to be conceded to make the momentum swing towards the opposition. I thought the defence were huge today and this sets up after half term very nicely.”