Bexhill College 2-1 Defeat To Worthing Football Club

21 March

Bexhill College 2-1 Defeat To Worthing Football Club

Bexhill College in association with Eastbourne Borough Football Club and Chelsea Football Club Foundation suffered a 2-1 loss to league leaders Worthing Football Club on Friday in the National Alliance Under 19 League.

Eastbourne came into the game with 4 wins from their last 6 matches and encountered a Worthing team who had only lost one game all season. In a frantic opening Eastbourne suffered a nightmare start with a defensive clearance hitting another Eastbourne player and falling invitingly for a Worthing player to finish coolly inside the Eastbourne penalty area inside the first 5 minutes of play.  

Worthing doubled their lead not long after this leaving Eastbourne fearing the worst from the remainder of the afternoon after a period of sustained pressure which had seen Finlay Holter make a number of important saves in the Eastbourne goal. To Eastbourne’s credit, the team continued to work hard to ensure that the lead was not extended further and almost found a way back into the game when Charlie Gibson’s swerving long range effort crashed against the Worthing bar with the keeper well beaten.

Half time brought about a change in tactics and personnel and the response was immediate with Eastbourne pressing Worthing into errors which eventually led to Eastbourne capturing the momentum of the game and creating several dangerous openings in particular Alfie Simmon’s long range shot which whistled inches wide.

Buoyed on from the success Eastbourne sprang into life with Charlie Gibson scoring a goal of the season contender flicking the ball up over an opponent before volleying from the left corner of the box into the top right-hand corner of the net to set up a grandstand finale to the game. In the dying moments of the game Gibson once again broke clear and pulled a cross back to Fletcher Holman who somehow saw his shot from 8 yards cleared off the line through a brilliant and brave block form the Worthing defender.

The game finished 2-1 with those in attendance treated to an open and attacking encounter. Eastbourne Coach Sean Noble reflected on the game, “We were given a bit of a footballing lesson at times in the first half however credit must go to my players who in the second half raised their performance levels and pushed the league leaders to their limits. Personally, I believe that a draw would have been a fair result, but credit must go to Worthing for securing all three points. The team showed the potential that they have in terms of playing ability but also their character to come back into the game in the second half.”

Player of the match was awarded to Charlie Gibson for producing a goal that alone would've been worth the player of the match award. However, Charlie was a real menace to Worthing, especially in the 2nd half, and was at the heart of all of the positive aspects of Eastbourne's play.

Eastbourne Team: Holter, Graves, Moir, Duah, Spice, Ademola, Tarrant, Taylor, Simmons, Gibson, Elliott.

Subs: Holman, Ali, Martinaj.

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