Worthing 12 Blackheath Academy 31

Worthing travelled to Blackheath to play the first fixture between the two sides. the home side were much the stronger in the opening encounters and were 10-0 up before Worthing had touched the ball. Not the best of starts to the rugby new year!

Worthing came into the match when Beecham scored under the posts after some good build up work by the forwards. Gibson converted 10-7 Heath.

Good first half performances from many of the freshers in the side. Fowler was strong at 15 and Freeman continued to develop without seeing much of the ball. Harkin continued to be a threat when he got the little ball he did and Beecham was again putting his hand up to be to take the 10 Jersey. The front row was up against a strong forward pack and under pressure at the set piece. Lee, Doughty and Gibson fought manfully with the support of the second rows.

Doughty managed to squeeze in to the corner and Worthing made it to 12-10 unfortunately just on the half the home side scored again and this made it 15-12 on the whistle.

The second half started much the same as the 1st and it was the home side making the running and putting the pressure on. Worthing withstood for much of the half but gave up 3 more scores to leave the final result 31-12.

Harydynskyy in the front row had his best match for college, combating the scrummaging of the opposition loose head and making countless tackles in open play. Mills and Hassan were effective in the second row as was Hammond when he came on.

Lake captained well and was aggressive in the collision area and made a real mess of the opposition line out. Bathurst competed well at the ruck and Masham carried well at the defense. Packham when he came on was excellent around the pitch, making tackles and getting turnovers while being very nuggety at the collision.

Swift did well with some not great ball at half back and Beecham attacked the line hard from 10. Steggles came on to replace Swift at 9 and upped the tempo well.

The Crentres Fogerty, Cox and Scott were starved of ball for much of the match although when they did attack it was with real power and purpose. Peskett made a real impact when he came on beating the first defender and making yards. Finally Evans was brilliant at 15 counter attacking well and clearing up all sorts of difficult ball at the back, he continues to impress in his new position.

For a first run out of the year Worthing on reflection did quite well. showing promise for the coming weeks.

See you Friday!

MOM: Alex Hrydynskyy/Dario Packham

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