A tough fought game saw Worthing fall to a big, physical Henley side. Worthing started strongly and peppered the Henley line for 20mins with some excellent forward play. Unfortunately an injury to Sam Myles as he was going for the try meant a reshuffle to the backline. Worthing could just not make the break through to score. As the half went on Henley started to gain ascendancy and scored two well-worked tries. Worthing went into half-time 12-0 down but very much in the game.
The second half started poorly and Worthing conceded a try immediately off the kick-off, not what was planned (19-0). What followed was an outstanding effort to get themselves back into the game. Worthing started to defend with some ferocious intensity, with Dan Adu, Freddie Holmes and Callum Morin leading this. Worthing started to get their carrying game going as well, with Kieran Tomlinson, Hassan Hassan, Jurgen Forster and Will Fowler consistently getting over the gain line. A strong scrum led to a Ollie Davis-Smith and Callum Morin break who fed Kieran Tomlinson who ran in the score (19-5). Worthing now had momentum in their favour and continued to attack, eventually Hassan Hassan receiving the ball on the left around 40m out, he fended off the winger and showed a good turn of pace to run the ball in to score. (19-10) Worthing were now fully back in the game and looked to press to get a win. Unfortunately a hot day started to take its toll and Worthing began to tire, they stopped getting good gain-line runs and started to fall off tackles. This was apart from Dan Adu who tirelessly made countless aggressive tackles. Unfortunately after pressing for a score Worthing conceded a penalty and Henlery kicked to a corner. The resulting drive led to a try on the final whistle which made the score 24-10.
A good performance in patches meant Worthing kept themselves in the game, but lapses in concentration meant this was not a win.
MOM: Dan Adu