Academy of Sport Round Up – 19.09.12

The Worthing College Men’s Football Performance programme had a double success this week with both sides being successful in their first league matches.


The 1st XI had 7 players making their ECFA National League debuts against an established side at this level in the form of Stanmore College.  Worthing were obviously buoyed from their previous ESFA Cup win at Portsmouth College, but were prepared for a test at their home ground, Arundel FC.


The match started evenly with both sides looking nervous as possession was squandered far too easily.  However it was Worthing that took the initiative and began to play effective football, moving the ball wide to danger men Josh Marshall and Toko Moyo, who time and time again beat their full backs to cross, only for Stanmore defenders to meet the ball first rather than a Worthing man.  At this level concentration is a must and Worthing keeper James Binfield had to be on top form to tip over a header after a Stanmore corner.  This escape seemed to spur Worthing on and it created a fantastic passage of play and from it Worthing took the lead.  Jazz Gilbertson took hold of the ball in midfield, and shared passes with skipper Lewis Jenkins and Moyo, with the latter crossing for striker Tyrone Madhani, who swiveled and struck the ball cleanly past the Stanmore stopper.  That’s now three in two games for Madhani.


At the half the focus was to keep the concentration levels up to ensure the first three points of the season.  However Worthing’s opponents had other ideas and began to step up a gear or two, which was going to test the resolve of Worthing’s defensive qualities.  With ten minutes gone Worthing’s worst fears were realised, when Stanmore drew level.  Shaun Cook’s slip allowed his man to cross the ball, which was finished by the Stanmore number 9.  To add to Worthing’s woes Binfield had to leave the field of play after dislocating his finger after trying to keep the previous attempt out.  He was replaced by another debutant, Matt Neocleous.  Coach Dave Hall also made a chance up front with Madhani being replaced by another making his debut, James Fergany.


Despite this setback Worthing pulled themselves together and began to get their rhythm back, which led to chances with Fergany being the catalyst, his direct running style was putting the Stanmore defence on the back foot and he was involved in what ended up being the winning goal.  His run into the box and shot was blocked, but this fell to Marshall, who drilled the ball across the box for the lively Jenkins to fire into the roof of the net from 6 yards.  This settled Worthing and they should have ended up winning by more, the most clear cut chance falling to Marshall, but his shot hit the post when it was probably easier to score.


Coach Dave Hall was extremely pleased with the first league outing “Stanmore are proven at this level and the lads had to really dig in, especially after starting the second half slowly.  Credit should be given to the whole side and its quite exciting that there is potential for development in their games, so hopefully even better performances to come.  However they can’t forget all the hard work that is required to ensure this level of performance is attained.”


The 2nd XI took on Portsmouth College in their BCS Performance league opener at East Preston FC.  Portsmouth were the 1st XI opponents in the ESFA Cup the previous week.  Worthing were dominant throughout and gelled extremely quickly and should have won by more than the final scoreline of 1-0 suggested.  However the winning goal was one that could have graced any stage.  The returning Hayden Hunter thundered home a volley after a cross from the opposite wing.  Coach Danny Cullip was “extremely pleased with the players attitude and performance levels, which will hopefully be a positive sign of things to come.”


The Women’s Football Performance Programme were in BCS Elite League action at Wick FC.  They took on West Herts College and in a game where Worthing started slowly, which led to them being a goal down, scored by West Herts dangerous number 10, who is on Arsenal’s books.  However Worthing got themselves together and work extremely hard to get back into the game with Ashleigh Kirby getting the equaliser.  Unfortunately for Worthing time ran out and they had to settle for a point in their league opener.  Stand in coach for the day Tina Price said that “the slow start cost the team dearly, but singled out Izzy Burt as her player of the match.”


The Rugby Performance Programme took two sides over to the Hove RFC’s Colleges’ 10’s Competition and both teams looked to put into the practice the technical skills that have been developed during pre season.  Both sides set their stall out and performed admirably with both team’s finishing runners up in their respective competitions.  The 1st team lost out to a strong and physical Sussex Downs and the 2nd team ended up finishing second to BHASVIC’s 1st team.  Coach Ben Coulson was happy with the afternoon’s work “The boys have put in lots of effort today and it shows that some of the group have come a long way in a short space of time.  This tournament has shown the players what is required to be successful this season in terms of performance and development and I’m looking forward to the start of the XV fixtures, both at BCS Elite and Sussex level.”

Onwards & Upwards,


Academy of Sport Round Up – 12.09.12

The Worthing College Men’s Football Performance Programme began their season with a convincing 4-0 win away at Portsmouth College in the England Schools FA National Cup first round.


This under 18 fixture saw coaches Dave Hall & Danny Cullip hand out 7 full debuts and 2 further debuts from the substitutes bench.  Potential nerves of those making debut were settled quickly when Worthing took the lead in the 3rd minute.  A Ryan Fergany free kick was headed home by Charlie Northeast for his first goal for the College.  This settled Worthing down and they played some very effective football on a long and dry surface.  Worthing’s shape when out of possession allowed them to win the ball effectively high up the pitch, which created shooting opportunities for Fergany, Jack Barnes, Ryan Hallet and Toko Moyo, however all missing the target.


Worthing’s ability to play short and long accurate passes were stretching an inexperienced Portsmouth side and this was in evidence when Worthing extended their lead.  Good link up play between Jazz Gilbertson and Barnes led to the latter delivering an accurate diagonal ball into the path of Moyo, who turned inside his full back and struck the ball inside the post and in.


Worthing’s dominance extended to the second period with possession again being won high up the pitch to set up potential attacks.  Fergany struck a thunderous shot against the bar, which bounced the wrong side of the line for Worthing.  Worthing had put in a great shift to ensure keeper and Captain James Binfield only had one save to make and to freshen things up changes were made.  Gilbertson and Moyo were replaced by debutants Tyrone Madhani and Harry Smith.  Both players made an immediate impact  with Madhani running through on goal to beat the Portsmouth keeper and get the final touch in front of an opposing defender, when the chance could have gone begging.


This third goal pretty much settled the tie, but Worthing needed to maintain their performance levels to ensure a clean sheet was secured.  Jared Rance replaced the tireless Josh Marshall and Rance quickly stamped his authority on the game with direct runs and wanting to play the right way.  The scoring was complete with 5 minutes to go.  Smith’s strong run down the left was matched by a quality delivery, which Madhani controlled and struck a sweet shot into the far corner.


Men’s Performance Coach Dave Hall was full of praise for his sides performance “The boys have really taken to our style of play and the shape was all in evidence in today’s game.  They were a credit to themselves and the College, but have now set the standard, which they need to match week in week out to ensure that they develop throughout a challenging season.  Next week both sides are in action and the under 19 players will be available to us, so there will be some nice headaches for us to have in next week’s team selections.”


The Worthing College Women’s Football Performance Programme welcomed Chichester Uni for two pre season matches to prepare the squad before league action starts next Wednesday against Watford’s Academy side. Chichester brought a strong 1st team including players who play for both Brighton and Portsmouth Ladies 1st teams. Both games were end to end affairs throughout with Worthing’s finishing proving to be the deciding factor in both games with Worthing’s 1st XI winning 3-2.  Jade Widdows, Lucy Somes and Becky Simmonds on target.  The 2nd XI were in free flowing form winning 6-4.  Chloe Debaes returned with a hat trick, a Danni Lane brace and Kat Hardie were Worthing’s scorers.


Coach Mike Bridges was pleased with the afternoon’s workout. “We have been working on their patterns of play during pre-season and some of these were being used throughout both games which shows there is plenty of room for excitement for the season ahead.  I would also like to thank those past College students who came back to help this year’s cohort across both games.”


The Basketball Performance Programme were also in pre season action again against Chichester University.  Performance Coach James Brame reports on their preparations;


Away at Chichester in our first preseason game & we were expecting a tough test facing older bigger stronger competitcion.  We had to use our speed & quickness & from the tip and we did just that attacking Chichester’s basket time after time.


We suffered under our own hoop & Chichester’s inside players took advantage of our size leading after the 1st quarter by 10.  In the second we rotated & threw different defended at Chichester & made runs from stops clawing back into the game.


We were playing good unselfish team basketball & found ourselves down 7 at the half.


Third quarter again we shifted our defence & caused Chichester a lot of problems we really settled into the game & took it to them we traded baskets & heading into the final stanza we were only down 5.


The fourth saw us take control of the game using our speed to get up & down the court we rallied as a unit & with minutes to play tied the game on the back of some great team play.

Chichester sadly broke down our defence & scored some easy lay ups & as time ran out we found ourselves 6 points a drift.


We lost 73-67 but a very promising team performance we look forward to our season opener.


All in all a positive day for the Worthing College Academy of Sport.  Let’s make sure this is continued in training and matches next week.


Onwards & Upwards,



"developing the academic athlete"