The Worthing College Men’s Football AoC XI made three changes to the starting eleven from their win at Merrist Wood. Lewis Burgess starting at right back after impressing from the bench last week, with Jake Heryet and Giuseppe Gaute Lammi also coming into the starting lineup. The pre match focus was on playing the conditions and earning the right to play.
The game took off with Worthing College conceding possession and Varndean happy to keep the ball, however the midfield trio of Ollie Perrin, Gaute Lammi and Dean Sherwood disrupted the oppositions rhythm with intense pressing in the centre of the park and using the bobbly conditions to nick the ball in tight areas and then look to stretch the opposition back line.
However it was Varndean who first found success with a ball over the top, with the forward taking it down on his chest before slipping it past Jack Spence-DeBoer. 1-0 Varndean. Worthing’s focus was to continue with the game plan set out before the match, and their persistency was rewarded when Sam Cairns collected a ball over the centre halves and slotted into bottom corner. 1-1.
The draw was short lived as after a being under pressure Varndean headed home from a corner after some lacklustre defending. 2-1. Again the visitors drew level though, with Cairns again collecting a lofted ball over the back line before poking it past the keeper. 2-2
Minutes later a deflected free kick from Gaute Lammi somehow wriggled past the keeper to give the visitors the lead when going in at half time. 3-2.
The second half started very much the same as the first, before sub Lloyd Grant widening the margin notching his first goal for Worthing. 4-2.
The patience of Varndean started to shine through as they moved the ball well whilst Worthing worked hard to maintain the score line. However the hosts patient approach reaped its rewards, as Worthing became lacklustre and Varndean punished them lethally with 2 goals in 10 minutes. This put the visitors firmly on the back foot and after some intricate play on the edge of the box Worthing were put to the sword from the Varndean winger, making the full time score 5-4 to the hosts.
Performance Coach Jimmy Punter reflected on the game by saying “I really can’t fault the effort and application of the players in the first half, however losing a two goal lead and going on to lose is really disappointing. It’s certainly taught us a lesson in terms of how to manage the game in those situations and just shows that you can’t switch off without being punished at this level.”