Development Age Groups – This weeks round up



Worthing United Colts U10 v AFC Worthing Youth Atoms U10

Today’s game saw AFC Worthing Youth U10’s away at our local rivals Worthing United.

We started the game under pressure from the first whistle and the boys dug in and weathered the storm for 15 minutes, until we started to impose ourselves on the game. AFC Worthing Youth Atoms showed how they can play, with some neat work down both flanks and some solid defensive work but we were unlucky to go in at half time a goal down.

After the restart the game was all Worthing United. If it hadn’t been for our terrific goal keeper, Oliver, the score line could’ve been a whole lot worse!!

We did manage a conciliation goal at the end after Orlando ran down the left flank and put in a cross which deflected off a defender to Harry, who then managed to lob the keeper from the edge of the box. The shot tucked nicely under the bar, a great goal for Harry, who was on his debut along with his brother Jack.

Man of the match today went to Oliver, a great game today from our goal keeper, well done Oliver.

Dan Maguire

AFC Worthing Youth U10 Coach

AFC Worthing Youth U9 v Worthing United Colts U9

After a fantastic run of form from AFC Worthing Youth U9s the match today came as a useful reality check. In Worthing United Colts U9, the boys came up against a very well organised and well-trained team that played an impressive passing game. Several of the opponents were physically larger and more powerful than even our biggest and strongest player too. For that reason, the boys can take pride from their performance today even though the final score line suggests a very one-sided match. Essentially, Worthing United Colts U9 took their chances well, and credit to them. AFC Worthing Youth U9s created opportunities too, but sadly they weren’t able to capitalise in the same way.

The game itself was fairly even for the first 15 minutes: thereafter Worthing United Colts U9 began to pass the ball around us, scoring their goals from both open play and set pieces. Despite our best efforts to carve out our own opportunities it seemed as if nothing would go right for AFC Worthing Youth U9s. Even as the final whistle approached we came close to scoring only to be denied by a fine save from the opposition goalkeeper.

As with all our games, every player in the squad had a fair chance on the pitch. We made multiple substitutions throughout the match and shared out game time evenly across the squad: in fact, every single starting player (even the goalkeeper) came off for another player. For that reason it would be understandable if every player in the squad shared the same sense of disappointment about the result – but the truth is none of them should have any feelings of guilt about the manner of their performance. They gave the game their all: they simply came up against a better side. We shall learn from that experience and move on together.

Man of the Match was Alex, a great performance today young man well deserved.

Andy Kerr
AFC Worthing Youth Under 9’s Coach