After a positive team performance last time out the Worthing College Men’s Football ECFA XI were looking to progress in the ESFA National Cup. In their way was an organised Chichester High School side.
The game was played at Worthing United FC as Worthing FC’s pitch is currently under maintenance. Performance Coach Dave Hall made two changes to the starting line up. Harrison Mott replaced the unavailable Jack Newhouse and Callum Chambers came in for Tobi Minter after impressing coming on as sub in the Oaklands game.
Both sides took time to get used to the pace of the game as possession was given up too easily on both sides, however the front three of Chambers, Joe Kinsman and captain Luke Brodie were starting to cause danger to the Chichester back three with their direct and pacy approach. At times though the final pass was lacking and the Chichester goalkeeper wasn’t tested as much as he potentially should have been.
Worthing’s first clear chance came from a set piece. Mott’s corner was headed powerfully by centre back Kai Dove, however his effort just cleared the crossbar. Chichester High were keeping the Worthing College back four honest and their hardworking number 9 was trying to force the issue. An effort from him called keeper Luke Ramsey into early action.
Midway through the first half Worthing’s possession and territory dominance paid off with the first goal of the game. Fluid movement between Brodie, Kinsman and Chalmers ended with Chalmers driving past his man and slotting home. 1-0.
This seemed to breed confidence in the Worthing College team with the midfield of Callum Litterick, Jamie Frankling and Mott getting used to the shape required and stamping their authority on the game. Full backs Jed Dossett and James Younger were keeping a great shape and looking to get the ball wide to start attacks. Centre back pairing of Dove and Matt Hubbard were keeping the Chichester strike force at bay.
Worthing needed to extend their lead and they did so by capitalising on a couple of defensive errors. Firstly Kinsman caused havoc in the penalty area, which resulted in the ball falling kindly to Brodie to poke home. 2-0.
As the half was drawing to a close Brodie nicked the ball off the Chichester centre back and finished with aplomb. 3-0 was the score at half time.
The focus at half time was to tighten up when not in possession and look to move the ball at pace and to switch the play at every opportunity. Brodie started where he left off in the second half with Mott playing him in, but Brodie still had lots to do and he did it well, resulting in claiming his hat trick. 4-0.
With that Brodie made way for Tobi Minter and his direct approach made an instant impact. Mott was starting to pull the strings in the middle of the part with some excellent sweeping passes. His performance got himself a goal with a tidy finish into the far corner. 5-0.
Performance Coach Hall made changes with Jez Sutton making his debut for Younger, Ricky Aguiar (another debutant) on for Kinsman and Litterick making way for a third debutant, Harry Foord.
With all the changes this may have upset Worthing’s performance, but this wasn’t the case. All substitutes played their part and Aguiar got a reward for his efforts, another great strike from just inside the area. 6-0.
Frankling was now playing on the left hand side and he cut inside to calmly slot in another goal for Worthing to make the scoreline 7-0.
Performance Coach Dave Hall was pleased that the squad have made the next round “the players reacted very well today with their attitude and application. They adapted their performance to the opposition and the playing surface and have made the next round. Its great to see another three debutants today, which shows that players can be trusted when called upon. Its great to see these players are learning all the time and we are looking forward to the next round. We will look at the video and continue to work on our performances working towards the challenge that is the FAB Academy next week, who are arguably the best side in the country at this level. Again these challenges are what is great about this programme.”