Worthing College enjoy strong week

Worthing netballers in action
Worthing netballers in action

The ECFA National League squad were in action at Dereham, for their first league game since the end of November.

Dereham took the lead but Worthing levelled after half-an-hour when Luke Richards smashed the ball home after the Dereham keeper parried Matt Smith’s shot.

Worthing keeper Jimmy Punter made a superb save, before they grabbed the win late on when Russell squared for Jack Barnes to coolly side foot home. Dereham almost got a late equaliser but were denied by a post.

Performance programme coach Dave Hall was extremely pleased with the performance and said: “It was great to see all of the under-19 squad together again after bit of a league lay-off.

“Despite this lay-off, the team togetherness and cohesion was for all to see and, again, great character was shown to come back from 1-0 down.

“This league is of such a high standard that all teams give an excellent account of themselves and there are no easy games and this was no different.

“It was again superb to see that the players were taking on board their developmental points, which then led to a positive result and this focus on player development is what the programme is all about.”

The BCS squad overcame Buckswood School 2-1 in the Sussex County Cup quarter-finals, depsite a disappointing performance.

Buckswood took the lead early in the second half but Worthing won with injury-time goals from Ryan Mackley and Harry Russell.

Worthing responded well and produced a superb performance in their next game as they defeated South Downs 12-0 in the league.

George Dennis bagged four goals, Joel Davison, Ross Edwards and Mitchell Hartley all hit braces, with Chay Peters and an own goal completing the scoring.

Hall was pleased with the response and said: “To be fair, a few home truths were given out after the Buckswood game, with Danny Cullip and I both wanting a response as we felt the passion and desire was missing from the squad’s play.

“Danny was so pleased with how the squad conducted themselves and all the players got game time, which is vital in terms of developing themselves as players.

“It was also great to see Ross and Joel get some minutes, which again will only enhance their development with us.”

Worthing’s netball performance programme were 54-31 victors at home to Esher College in the BCS National Cup.

Worthing ended the first quarter 13-11 ahead and increased their lead to 31-19 by half-time. Worthing moved 38-22 ahead in the third quarter, before winning the final period 16-9.