The Worthing College Men’s AoC squad were looking to build upon their County Cup Semi Final success to ensure that a positive end to the AoC SE League campaign.
Worthing were looking to avenge the 1-1 draw earlier on in the season, where Worthing didn’t take their chances and were pegged back in the final minute. The focus again was to develop Worthing’s ruthless streak in front of goal to ensure that a positive performance was backed up with a positive result.
Worthing started brightly in possession moving the ball from side to side and making Warsash work hard to win possession, however in the transition Worthing were looking sluggish and were fortunate that centre back pairing of Joe Kennard and Danny Baeza-Wigzell were up to the challenge with shots blocked when needed.
As the half wore on Worthing looked to grow in confidence with Marshall Ball being the catalyst in winning possession and his passing quality. This quality was a main factor in Worthing’s opening goal. His superbly weighted pass into Joel Davison, who excellently executed cross was met by Conor Bull. 1-0.
This developed Worthing’s confidence and they quickly extended the lead before half time. Again it was that man Ball, whose free kick was well worked and met by Conor Bull with a towering header. 2-0.
At the half time break the focus was to ensure that shape and discipline was kept, whilst at the same time moving the ball quickly to protect themselves as the opposition was flying into tackles as discipline was beginning to be lost.
The second half was one that Worthing were controlling for large parts. Eli Amoo came on and looked to be direct from the off, taking on his opponent at every opportunity. Full backs Carl Boath and Joe Patching were excellent in possession and their positioning, whilst Liam Reynolds, Ball and Davison were keeping possession moving at pace. This quality again lead to the third and decisive winning goal, with Conor Bull scoring his hat trick after a well taken finish. 3-0.
Changes were now made with Andrea Guiso coming on for Ryan Mackley, who made his first start of the season with a very sound performance. Josh Warner was also introduced for the tireless Reynolds. The substitutes to their credit didn’t disrupt the flow of the game, however Worthing switched off at a set piece to allow Warsash back into the game. A short corner wasn’t defended and the onrushing midfielder finished well. 3-1.
Worthing were also thankful for goalkeeper Sam Marsden for tipping over a Warsash free kick, but with the last kick of the game Warsash got their second goal of the game and with that Worthing secured their third successive win in as many weeks.
Performance Programme Coach Dave Hall was happy with the performance for the majority of the game “the squad put together a very positive performance today, but its vital to ensure that when in control of a game the focus is maintained so that a scoreline shows the domination of what happened in the game, but the score in the end showed that the squad were more disciplined and focused, which is part of the learning process for all the players involved in the programme.”