Academy of Sport Round Up – 27.02.13

The Worthing College Men’s Football Performance Programme 1st XI left it late to gain a well earned point away at Richmond in the England Colleges’ National League.  On a difficult playing surface for both teams it was the home team, who began the brighter with their talented number 10 getting on the scoresheet after Worthing conceded possession in a dangerous position and Worthing keeper James Binfield was wrong footed.


Worthing responded well and began to gain a foothold in the game with Harvey Sparks striking just wide, Josh Marshall being thwarted by the Richmond goalkeeper after a fine pass by Jared Rance.  Centre half Jordan Dudas also struck the bar with a header after a well worked Sparks free kick.


Worthing just needed to keep going to make sure they were back in the game and the 2nd half was only one way traffic.  The Richmond back 5 (including goalkeeper) had a fine match, throwing themselves in front of everything and clearing off the line from Rance and substitute Harry Smith.  Marshall should have had a penalty as he was fouled in the box, but as he feel outside the linesman deemed this to be a free kick, which Jack Barnes whipped across the box, which evaded all and sundry.


With 5 minutes to go Worthing sacrificed a defended and moved to a 3-3-4 formation and it paid dividends, with substitute Charlie Dennis winning possession and feeding Greg Gander, who found Marshall and he finished cooly under pressure to gain a point for the away side.


Performance Programme Coach Dave Hall praised the teams performance “to their credit the players never stopped playing the right way.  They never got frustrated, which shows how far they are developing in terms of their game intelligence, which is something we work on in the programme.  With regards to changing formation sometimes it works as a coach, sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s why you are a coach to try and change things, but all the credit for today’s point is down to the players they were excellent.  The only down side was a serious injury to Harvey Sparks, who broke his ankle in a late tackle.  I really feel for Harvey, who has been excellent for us this season.  We will do all we can to rally round and help in his rehabilitation to make sure he comes back stronger next season.”


Unfortunately the 2nd XI lost their 100% BCS Performance League record, going down to Portsmouth College 1st XI 3-1.  Hayden Hunter scored Worthing’s goal and according to Performance Coach Danny Cullip the scoreline flattered Portsmouth, as Worthing played well, but missed chances cost Worthing dear.  The scoring of an own goal and giving away a penalty also didn’t help Worthing’s cause.


On Friday the Football Performance Programme were again in action, due to recent poor weather.  Worthing College took on a very strong Kingston College in the England Colleges’ National Cup.  Worthing fielded 8 first years in their starting line up, which definitely bodes well for the future.  Worthing took the lead after a well worked corner caused confusion in the Kingston area and the Kingston centre half headed past his own goalkeeper.


Kingston were extremely athletic and powerful and seemed to want the ball more than Worthing, which showed with the pressure Worthing had to withstand.  Centre half Greg Gander was cutting out everything Kingston could throw at him, but he couldn’t stop a headed equaliser.  The game seemed to be going into half time level, but a little bit of indecision in the inexperienced Worthing rearguard sent through the Kingston winner, who finished emphatically.  There was still chance for Worthing to equalise, but a Jack Barnes free kick was headed wide by Harry Smith.


With a few honest words at half time Worthing showed a great response in the second half.  Striker Jared Rance ran himself to a stand still, Tyrone Madhani played well in the hole and Gander continued to command at the back.  Barnes was trying to get things going in midfield and Charlie Dennis on his first start was giving his full back a torrid time.  Despite this Worthing didn’t really create any clear cut chances as Kingston seemed to get the final touch and luck of the bounce.  So with the final score 2-1 to the hosts Performance Coach Dave Hall was philosophical in defeat “Kingston totally deserved the win today from the first half showing.  They were first to every ball and I think some of the players lost the game in their heads today.  It doesn’t matter how big and physical the opposition are; if you keep possession and trust your technique then you will compete and today was a learning curve.  However there were 8 first years in the starting eleven today with two making their first start, so if they continue to learn and develop against players like these then it will only better them and the future hopefully looks bright.”


The Rugby Performance Programme unfortunately bowed out of the Under 18’s County Cup at the Semi Final stage.  Worthing College took on Seaford College at Worthing Leisure Centre.  Worthing led at half time, but ended up on the end of a 26-21 scoreline.  Scorers on the day were Jack Ware and Rhys Thompson with Jordan Gibson kicking the extras.  Despite defeat at such a pivotal stage, Performance Coach Ben Coulson was proud of his charges “we worked extremely hard today and created the opportunity to win against a very strong private school.  We only went behind with three minutes to go, which shows they punished our mistakes, which is what is expected at this level of rugby.  We still could have won the game with the last play, but on the day it wasn’t to be.  This group of players have made great strides since the start of the season and the squad is unrecognisable from those who arrived in September, which shows that the programme is working in terms of developing rugby players and their performance.”

Onwards & Upwards,


Academy of Sport Round Up – 09.01.13

The Worthing College Men’s Football Performance Programme 1st XI took on West Suffolk College in an ECFA National League top of the table clash at Bury St Edmonds on Wednesday.

Worthing were without Ryan & James Fergany as well as the suspended Greg Gander and with Josh Parazo and Jazz Gilbertson unavailable due to College exams this was going to show how far the squad as a whole have developed during their time in the programme.

Rob Haggart partnered Jordan Dudas at the heart of the defence with Harvey Sparks playing at right back.  The pacy Harry Smith started wide left with Josh Marshall and the in form Jared Rance completing an exciting and attacking line up.

Considering the recent wet weather the pitch was in perfect condition and would potentially suit Worthing’s passing style of play.  Despite the long 3 and a half hour journey Worthing began on the front foot with Smith and Marshall terrorising their opposing full backs.  

Worthing seemed to be in control, with West Suffolk only offering a direct approach that would provide any danger to the Worthing goal.  However in the 20th minute it was the hosts that took the lead.  The West Suffolk winger was initially stopped by superb tracking from midfielder Shaun Cook, but still managed to get in a cross that was only palmed by Worthing keeper James Binfield onto the head of the onrushing striker.  1-0 West Suffolk.

The talk before the match was based upon making sure that the team were in the right frame of mind psychologically and this needed to be the case for Worthing to get back into the game.  To their credit Worthing never stopped and continued to be a threat for the remainder of the half.  Shots from Marshall, Rance and Jack Barnes tested the Suffolk keeper, but failed to find the net.

Performance Coaches Dave Hall and Danny Cullip were pleased with the effort and performance in the first half, however the message was to keep going and not get frustrated and more chances would come.  Worthing also levelled straight from the kick off with Cook playing in Marshall, but his shot was tame.

Worthing were not just dominant in possession, but set pieces as well with Harvey Sparks delivering to allow further chances for Worthing.  A Dudas nod back to captain Lewis Jenkins was cleared off the line with Jenkins suffering a collision with the goal post for his troubles.

The inevitable equaliser came with 20 minutes remaining.  Rance held the ball up well, spun and slid in Harry Smith, who burst past the West Suffolk full back to slot the ball past the onrushing  goalkeeper.  1-1.  Many would make do with a draw away from home, but not this group of players.  With five minutes to go a Marshall cross was expertly controlled by Smith, who twisted and turned in the penalty area and when it looked like the chance had gone he curled the ball into the bottom corner.

With the final whistle came jubilation of an excellent team performance and a 5 point lead in the ECFA National League.  Performance Coach Dave Hall was delighted with the performance “we asked before the game for the players to step up psychologically as well as in their game intelligence.  There were a lot of first year players in the squad, who were lead superbly by the older players in the group.  This was a real team performance and one that the squad should be proud of.  If these players developed this part of their game (having to deal with long trips and not getting frustrated when in charge of a game) this will put them in great stead for the rest of their footballing careers, which is what our programme is all about.”

The Women’s Performance Programme started their league campaign after Christmas with a trip to bottom of the table Barnet with 7 players missing through exams, injury and illness. This left them with 13 players to travel but showing the strength in depth of the squad all players played well in a strong performance against a battling Barnet side who forced Natalie Woolven into some splendid saves throughout the game. Worthing started well moving the ball around in their own half with Barnet holding a high line with plenty of space in behind the back four for Worthing to attack. This left for an open game with plenty of chances to be created. In the 1st 5 minutes Worthing had hit the bar and made the Barnet keeper save well from an on rushing Aliss Pidduck. But before Worthing had their first Woolven had to make her 1stimportant save of the afternoon rushing out and smothering the ball at the forwards feet who was clean through.


Before the 1st goal was scored Worthing created several chances missing one that looked easier to score but the break through didn’t take long through when Pidduck got her 1st of the afternoon tapping in a rebound after the Barnet keeper saved from Becky Simmonds. The 2nd came quickly after when Kirstin McGregor also tapped in after the goalkeeper spilled the ball from an Amy Green corner. Then again the lively Barnet forward created two opportunities that again Woolven foiled very well making difficult saves look easy.


The game was effectively killed off before half time when the influential Pidduck added her 2nd of the game with a well taken lob over the Barnet keeper.

3-0 half time a strong attacking performance but could easily been a tighter game if it wasn’t for Nat Woolvens interventions at the other end.

The message at half time was keep the attacking play going but the defensive side of the game must tighten up.


The second half started with Worthing giving easy possession to Barnets best attacking play who rushed in on goal one on one with Woolven who again saved well from the forward. This gave Worthing the wakeup call that the game wasn’t dead and they needed to keep their standards up. Lucy Somes playing in the holding role was influencing the game more and more linking play and driving into midfield with the ball well this was rewarded when she danced through the Barnet defence and slotted the ball past the Barnet keeper to make the game 4-0. This then saw the start of the Simmonds show who scored a hat trick in the last 25 minutes. The first was a brilliant volley from a cross from the right hand side, the second again a brilliant goal but a completely different goal with a chip from 25 yards with the Barnet keeper reduced to a spectator as the ball floated beyond her into the top corner. Her third goal was again a well taken goal when she slotted the ball into the corner from the edge of the area to complete the scoring but not the drama.


The last 10 minutes saw Barnet win and miss two penalties the first rebounding off the post and the second straight at Woolven who gladly collected it in.


Player of the Match Aliss Pidduck for her two goals and being a constant threat to Barnet

Goals Becky Simmonds x3, Aliss Pidduck x2, Kirstion McGregor, Lucy Somes


The Worthing College Basketball Performance Programme took on Holy Trinity in the BCS League looking to bounce back from their Cup defeat to Brockenhurst before Christmas.  The match was extremely evenly matched, but an injury to starter Sam Gulla late in the first half had a big effect on the outcome of this match.  With 45 seconds to go Worthing were down by 2, but couldn’t make the final basket, so Worthing ended up on a 64-62 reverse.


Coach Dom Baker was impressed by the performances of Arthur Holt on the inside and Elliot Trussler from the perimteter.  In addition to this Baker feels the future is definitely bright with positive development within the squad as well as injured starters ready for match action.

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