Women’s Football Performance Programme – 17.10.12

Worthing welcomed a tough and competitive Tottenham u19s to Wick FC in the BCS Elite League. This game promised to be the toughest test so far for Worthing with no Charlotte Owen, Paige Adams and Kat Hardie through illness and injury. The game started with Worthing trying to play but Tottenhams pressing of the ball high up the pitch was causing Worthing some problems . This also meant the game became stretched with both side attacking at pace but not recovering quick enough to defend. Although Tottenham’s pressing was causing problems to Worthing’s attempts to play out from the back they were not threating the hosts goal. Worthing on the other hand forced a great save from Tottenhams keeper and hit the woodwork twice.


After half an hour Tottenham changed formation from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 and this proved to be the turning point as it allowed Worthing to play out from the back more easily and gain a foothold higher up the pitch which they never relinquished for the rest of the game. Pressure was building on Tottenham but with Lucy Somes and Darcey James sitting too deep in central midfield Worthing where unable to press home the advantage.

0-0 at half time.


Worthing started the second half like a train with Aliss Pidduck getting behind the back 4 inside the 1st 20 seconds from the resulting clearance Somes, now playing higher up the pitch, picked up the ball on the right 30 yards from goal. She ran down the right beating two players before smashing the ball across the 6 yard box for Becky Simmonds and the Tottenham defender to battle for, the ball rebounding off the unfortunate defender to make it 1-0 to Worthing.


Worthing where quickly on the attack again with Somes down the right taking on the full back before cutting along the 18 yard box leaving 4 defenders in her wake before firing a left foot shot against the woodwork with Pidduck pouncing on the rebound the fire past the diving Tottenham keeper. Within minutes Simmonds won Worthing a penalty after sneaking down the blind side of the defender and being taken out by her attempts to clear the ball. Jade widows stepped up to take the penalty firing it high into the top corner only for the Tottenham keeper at full stretch to tip it over the bar this was to be the start of a duel between Widdows and the keeper over the last 30 minutes.


Worthing became visibly more confident and passed the ball round a tiring Tottenham side. Widdows again got in behind the Tottenham defence from a wonderful cross field pass from Kirstin McGregor this time she managed to slot the ball past the onrushing keeper. 3-0 Worthing with them now firmly in control of the game. Widdows had a fantastic 1st time strike from a corner when the ball was laid back to her after it was partially cleared only for the full stretch goalkeeper to tip it round the post for another corner.

Darcey James added a very well taken 4th not long after finishing off a good move from the team which again saw her 1 on 1 with the goalkepper and beating her with power. 4-0 and game over.


Widdows twice more stung the gloves of the Tottenham keeper before the final whistle both strikes made on the run and on the angle. Ashleigh Kirby also brought out a fantastic save from the Tottenham keeper who tipped over from a curling effort that looked destined for the top corner.


The final whistle was blown on a very professional performance for Worthing.

Result: Worthing 4-0 Tottenham


Scorers: OG, Aliss Pidduck, Jade Widdows and Darcey James

Player of the match: Katie Burling for her tireless running in centre midfield.


Academy of Sport Round Up – 10.10.12

The Worthing College Basketball Performance Programme started their competitive season with an extremely impressive win against Bexhill College in the British Colleges’ South East League.


Performance Coach James Brame demanded a powerful performance after hard work in pre season.  This was definitely the case as Worthing took the game to their opponents with Julian Stanley and Elliott Winfield the main instigators in providing a 28-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.


This dominant lead allowed Brame to rotate the starting five and the replacements did themselves proud by continuing the positive work from the first quarter.  Joe Hammond and Sam Gulla took over the shooting responsibilities to give Worthing a 58-23 lead going into the half.  The starting 5 began the third quarter and made it tough for the visitors in both attack and defence, which stretched Worthing’s lead to almost 50 points with still a quarter of the game remaining.


Worthing never let up throughout this opening fixture with the 4th quarter seeing some impressive shooting from down town by Gulla, Hammond and Ben Evans, which saw Worthing close out the game 112-37.  Top scorer was Gulla with 24 points and Winfield contributed 16.  Coach Brame was happy with the team ethic and the fact that the whole team were used and did themselves justice across all four quarters and this is the standard they will need to take into their next set of fixtures.


The Worthing College Women’s Football Performance Programme were in England Schools FA National Cup action and a place in the last 16 was beckoning.  However in their way was Queen Mary’s College of Basingstoke.  An early pitch inspection at Wick FC deemed the pitch to be fit and Worthing were in no mood to wait around.  Becky Simmonds latched onto a long ball over the top and cooly finished after only 15 seconds.  This set the tone for the contest and Paige Adams scored an impressive second after cutting in from the left and striking the ball into the far right hand corner of the net.  Simmonds was soon back in the scoring mood, adding her second and the third to Worthing before the end of the half.


Performance Coach Mike Bridges felt that Worthing were not at their best and with this message ringing in their ears Worthing took the game to their opponents again with Charlotte Owen scoring from long range.  Despite Worthing adding a fifth through a Darcey James 25 yarder, Queen Mary’s scored two goals on the break, which showed that Worthing’s opponents were never going to give up.  This seemed to spur Worthing back into action and both Adams and James got their second goals of the afternoon to complete a 7-2 victory.  This win sets up a last 16 tie away to Strodes of Egham, Surrey.


The Men’s Football Performance Programme were also in ESFA National Cup action and had an extremely competitive tie at home to a very strong Kingston College.  The match was played at Worthing College after six alternative venues were deemed unfit to play.  Kingston are a powerful, physical side and Worthing needed to match them in all departments, especially work rate and game understanding to make sure that the result could go their way.


The match started at a frenetic pace with both teams trying to stamp their authority on the game.  However it was the visitors that did this.  A trademark long throw was knocked down to the Kingston number 10, who fired the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.  This set back didn’t deter Worthing and they began to play the more effective football, which meant that chances were beginning to be created.  Ryan Fergany cut inside and shot well wide and his brother James went even closer with his effort, which hit the outside of the post.  At the other end the strong, powerful Kingston number 9 was being marshaled extremely well by centre half pairing of Rob Haggart and Greg Gander, which kept visitor chances to a minimum.  As the half wore on it seemed only a matter of time before Worthing would equalise and this was the case with about ten minutes to go before the break.  Jack Barnes collected an overhit cross, who then delightfully turned his full back and crossed for Josh Marshall to convert.


At the half the focus was to maintain work rate and continue to pressurise the Kingston backline, whilst at the sametime continue to be focused at the back.  Worthing again started on the front foot with a number of set pieces resulting in Worthing shots on goal.  Gander and Barnes both had sliced efforts.  Ryan Fergany and Marshall had more clearer chances, but both were saved well by the Kingston stopper.  This game was still in the balance and it would take something special to break the deadlock.  With set pieces practiced and refreshed the day before Worthing put this into practice to take the lead.  A Harvey Sparks free kick found Gander, whose pinpoint header was met by the impressive Barnes for Worthing to take the lead.


Worthing still wanted to press and were indebted to keeper and captain James Binfield on more than one occasion to ensure Worthing’s lead was kept intact.  The game needed a third goal to ensure Worthing’s passage into the last 32.  This came after a wonderful piece of brave defending by substitute Charlie Northeast, whose block was picked up by second sub Harry Smith who ran the length of the pitch to cooly finish under the Kingston goalkeeper.  Worthing then saw the game out and this performance was one that coach Dave Hall was extremely proud of “this was close to a near perfect performance for the pitch size, opponents and conditions.  Each to a man those players worked as a team to ensure that a powerful side were not allowed to play their game and at the same time showed the ability and technique to play their effective passing game.  I can’t pick anyone out for special praise as they were all outstanding, however they have now set the bar extremely high and if they continue like this then they can only enhance their own player development during their time with us.”


The Netball Performance Programme took two teams to play Brockenhurst College in the Hampshire League and both sides came away with positives despite the scorelines.  The first team went down by 40-27 and the second team were defeated 53-14.  Performance Coach Tina Price felt that both sides competed at certain points during their matches, however the physical nature of their opponents, plus psychologically at times Worthing will develop more as the season progresses.  Lana Brynes and Amelia Smith impressed in the first and second team respectively according to Price.


The Rugby Performance Programme were knocked out of the County Cup by Sussex Downs on Wednesday.  Downs were the better team on the day and were dominant in terms of size and power.  However Worthing stepped up in the second half with captain Angus Hodges leading by example to hold their opponents to only conceding 14 points.  The match itself ended up 57-0 to Sussex Downs and coach Ben Coulson knows that there is a lot for these players to learn, which will develop them as players and will ensure that wins are only just around the corner.


Onwards & Upwards,



"developing the academic athlete"