Worthing College 2nd XV 10 Godalming 40

The Greens started the game brightly with some good attacking phases led by captain Conor Thompson. The possession was exchanged several times before a Worthing attack was stopped dead in its tracks due to an incept try by Godalming. Worthing won the ball forced a knocked on from the kick off due to strong challenge from Jacob Parkin. The resulting scrum saw Worthing attack just inside the Godalming half, unfortunately a knock on meant the attack stopped. Godalming gathered the ball and prepared to clear their lines, as the kick came the kicker sliced his kick, which (un) luckily landed in the arms of his winger. He unfortunately ran the half to score under the posts. Worthing were now 0-10 down after not really having much play against them. This play seem to take the wind out the sails of the green team, who now began to slip off tackles and make mistakes despite some last ditch efforts by Callum Morin and Joe Carruthers. This ultimately led to further Godalming scores.

A brilliant quick tap penalty on his own line by Jacob Richards-Hart allowed first James Monagahan to make a strong carry and then Jimmy Seacombe, took the Greens into the Godalming half. This woke Worthing up. Some strong lineout work by Tom Young and Jacob Parkin saw Worthing secure possession in the Godalming half. A strong line by Matt Collier held the Godalming defence and allowed Connor Thompson to glide down the left hand side of the field. He skillfully drew the final defender and released Matt Wrigglesworth into space, Matt charged down the winger and finished brilliantly in the corner. Worthing were awake and burst into life. Worthing carried on with this rich vein of attacking play. They secured the kick off and attacked through the middle of the Godalming defence. Some strong carrying by Tom Addems, Jacob Mogre and Kieran Bradley got Worthing into the Godalming half. A powerful scrum saw Worthing turnover the ball and a really strong carry from Simone Agostini got Worthing behind the Godalming defence. This led to a penalty, which Anthony Hunter tapped quick, unfortunately as the try line beckoned Worthing knock-on. This led to a lull in the Worthing play. Worthing due fully attempted to attack off a strong scrum platform led by Tom Addems, Tom Young and Jacob Mogre but too mistakes thwarted their efforts. Some weak defending and tackling saw Godalming score several more tries either side of half-time, despite the best efforts from Jacob Parkin, who made tackle after tackle.

Conor Thompson led some strong words and after a brief scuffle Worthing once again sprung into life. Strong carries by Reagan Peaster and several by Matt Collier got Worthing over the gain and playing some really good rugby. This allowed James Gregory and James Monaghan to move the ball quickly to backs. After a good break by Nash and Jacob Parkin, Worthing won a penalty close to the Godalming line. A quick tap and go by Anthony Hunter caught the defence napping and Richard Clarkson after a brilliant side step barreled his way over the score Worthing 2nd try. After the restart Godalming gathered the ball and started to attack. Worthing were now awake and started to make strong tackles led by Conor Thompson, Matt Collier and Jacob Parkin. They managed to turn the ball over after some aggressive rucking, unfortunately the ball was knocked just Worthing were about to break away. This led to full time and an air of disappointment from the team that if they had played like they had for the last 15mins of the game, they could’ve won. All decide that tackling practice was needed and highlighted this as an area for improvement.

MOM – Tom Adams – Outstanding in the scrum and around the pitch making countless tackles and carries.

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