The Worthing College AoC squad were looking to build on their unbeaten start in the AoC SE Regional League and this week they travelled to Falmer to play the Aldridge Academy (PACA/BACA).
Lewis Burgess came back into the side after making his ECFA debut last week. Jed Dossett came in and captained the side, along with Harrison Mott in the centre of the park. Dan Hills and Ben Murray both made their full debut in blustery conditions.
The pre match focus was based around playing the conditions and keeping an effective team shape. The game had a frantic start with both sides looking to use the ball on the floor as the windy conditions would just blow any high ball out of play.
Worthing College started to dominate possession with Giuseppe Gaute Lammi and Mott dictating the tempo of the game. However the visitors could of been punished after some sloppy play at the back led to Worthing keeper Ben Murray having to be quick of his line to deny the onrushing Aldridge forward.
Worthing College spurned a few half chances after some good combination play, but it was a set piece that nearly gave Worthing College the lead. A whipped delivery from Dean Sherwood was met by the towering Charlie Knight at the back post, which forced a smart save from the opposition keeper. It was another well worked set piece routine that eventually gave Worthing College the break through. Again Sherwood’s good delivery from a wide free kick was headed to the edge of the box where Mott took it down on his chest before firing it into the top corner. 1-0.
The hosts then had a chance to pull one back with Ben Murray making a good save from an indirect free kick to keep Worthing College in front at half time.
The second half saw Worthing College really start to dominate proceedings, with Max Baker and Knight looking comfortable in possession and the front three of Dan Geal, Tom Darey and Hills looking to get in behind the opposition. Worthing College however lacked the killer instinct to further their lead with Hills hitting the post from an acute angle and a plethora of long range shots from the midfield trio sail high over the bar.
Worthing College showed how far they had come in terms of developing their game intelligence as a few robust tackles from the opposition led to Worthing College side linking together a series of one touch passes to release Geal on the left who saw his low driven effort well held by the Aldridge keeper. Although a late corner provided some late pressure from the hosts, Worthing College saw out what was a comfortable victory to remain unbeaten so far in the AoC SE League.
Performance Coach Jimmy Punter reflected upon today’s game “I was impressed in the manner to which the boys took to the game, looking to play the ball on the deck and move through the thirds and that was evident in how well we dominated the proceedings. The back four were resolute in their defending and confident in how they started our build play which was key for us to be able to be effective in possession. However, on another day they may have punished us for not being very clinical in front of goal. I would of liked to see us kick on after the first goal, but at points we lacked the composure to kill the game off.”