Development Age Group – Under 7’s first ever game



Worthing Strikers U7 v AFC Worthing Youth U7

Today was a big day for our Under 7’s squad as it was their first ever fixture as a team. The boys were all very excited about playing. They all found space and passed the ball well between them. AFC Worthing U7’s did themselves proud today with some great football being played by everyone. One of the goals scored by us came from a stunning freekick.

Finally when the whistle was blown to signify the end of the game, it was evident that our boys had given their all. They had worked their socks off seeing as we only had 6 players and our opposition had 12 players today. The boys were brilliant though, very, very well done lads and it is a pleasure being your manager.

Roger Langmaid
AFC Worthing Youth Under 7’s Coach

Lancing United Youth U9 v AFC Worthing Youth U9

AFC Worthing Youth U9s came up against a much tougher opponent in this Sunday’s fixture. Lancing United Youth U9s are a strong, well-organised and talented team.

Lancing pressed us immediately. All the same, our front three of George F, George C and Oliver showed enough movement and pace to ensure the Lancing players couldn’t afford to relax for a moment. And sure enough, that hard work earned us an early breakthrough.

Lancing were pushing forward at every opportunity and giving our centre half pairing of Alex and Mikey a real workout. The home team’s excellent movement was a particular headache, with one of their forward players consistently finding space behind our two defenders. In the end the pressure told. A Lancing United Youth U9 corner cleared almost every player in the area before cannoning into an unlucky Oliver beyond the far post and bobbling agonisingly over the line.

Now it was the turn of AFC Worthing Youth U9s to push forward and, straight from the kick-off, George C bustled his way through with a battering-ram like run. The game ebbed and flowed for the next few minutes, with Lancing continuing to push forwards and AFC Worthing looking dangerous on the counter attack. Soon another fine Lancing corner created more havoc and gave the home team another opportunity to equalise. We were very unlucky to concede a penalty for handball, which resulted in a goal for Lancing.

Spurred on by this, AFC Worthing Youth U9s found another gear. George F wriggled free on the left and powered another cross over that both George C and Oliver were unlucky to miss. Then Casper started to wrestle possession from his opponents in a series of contested challenges and firing probing passes into space.

Half-time: time for everyone to catch their breath. Toby replaced Alex at the interval and took the sweeper position, with Mikey moved to centre-half.

The second half carried on just as before. George C came close with an early effort on goal. Meanwhile both Toby and Mikey had to work incredibly hard to keep their opponents in check, with Mikey’s strength and Toby’s speed proving vital to the cause. Casper and Oliver were getting through a lot of hard work to help cover their defenders from midfield too.

Soon it was time for tough-tackling Leon to come on to help shore up the team. Lancing started to play the ball longer in search of a goal, so AFC Worthing Youth changed shape for the final few minutes of the game to protect their advantage, moving from 2-3-1 to 3-2-1. James our trusty goalkeeper had to pull off a series of excellent saves to keep his side in the match today.

This was a cracking match, an end-to-end encounter that stoked up the crowd and gave the coaching staff on each team a few nervous moments! AFC Worthing Youth U9s rose to the considerable challenge offered by their opponents.

Man of the Match was the excellent James who delivered a string of fine saves at crucial times, great goalkeeping performance today James.

Andy Kerr
AFC Worthing Youth Under 9’s Coach

AFC Worthing Youth U10 v Rustington Otters Youth U10

Our U10’s made a good start to today’s game with two fantastic opportunities in the first minute. We were playing well but Otters soon stifled that! Thanks to a good spell by AFC Worthing Youth, the persistence and pressure shown especially By Bryan meant we soon found the back of the net. However, once again Otters were quick to react and scored themselves. Defensively today was not our day, but this can be built on at training and developing our players skills is key.

Well done to Bryan for your man of the match award today, well deserved for a great performance.

Dick Higson
AFC Worthing Youth Under 10’s Coach