The Worthing College Men’s Football Performance Programme were taking on the superb FAB Academy and with three games to go Worthing were looking to cement their third place in the National League, which would give them a National playoff place.
Worthing had a very late change in goal with Rui Buckland taken ill, but the returning Lee Whittaker stepped in admirably.
The game started extremely evenly with both sides looking to play effective passing football. FAB’s movement was excellent, however Worthing were standing firm and looking to counter at every opportunity.
Chances from both sides were at a premium, however Whittaker in the Worthing goal showed some great handling, and strikes from Tyler Nightingill, James Thurgar and Harry Russell were comfortably saved by the FAB keeper.
Worthing in the early stages were arguably on top with better possession in higher areas of the pitch, however it was FAB, who took the lead. Worthing failed to clear a cross, which fell to the FAB number 9 to tap home. 0-1.
Worthing to their credit kept looking to play the right way and with only the final ball eluding a clear chance for Worthing. Just before half time Worthing thought they were back on level terms, however Harry Russell was adjudged to have handled his effort from a Jake Heryet free kick.
At half time the focus was to have a bit more quality in the final third and make sure that the final pass was effective.
Unfortunately all of this went out of the window 2 minutes after half time. A fantastic delivery from the FAB number 3 was headed home at the back post. 0-2.
This was then the catalyst for FAB to literally score with every opportunity that they had, showing a ruthlessness and clinical side to their game.
Worthing still looked to attack and play the right way a free flowing move involving Nightingill, Jack Punter, Heryet and Russell ended with Russell heading over. At the other end it again was clinical FAB who scored another two goals to put the game to bed. 0-4.
Changes were then made with Ross Edwards (who had played 120 minutes for Sussex on Monday) being replaced by Mark Goldson, who to his credit was positive in his play, trying to move Worthing forward with at least two efforts that tested the FAB keeper.
It was FAB again, who didn’t have any mercy on their opponents by scoring another three goals in the final 10 minutes to make the score 0-7 with many lessons to be learned.
Performance Programme Coach Dave Hall was philosophical in defeat “for me and all involved this was a rather strange game to be involved in. First half and generally in open play the game was relatively even and if we played the final pass right we could have got on the scoresheet and possibly the game would have been different. However FAB were on another level, clinical and ruthless, which we as a programme need to learn because we always have spells against any team when we are on top, but we need to learn to be effective, so the hard work and quality results in goals. Another superb learning episode for all involved and we have two games left with 3rd place and our playoff place in our own hands. A half term rest will reset the standards and make sure we are flying a week after next.”