Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting TANEWS to 80360, or email
Wharfedale survive astonishing Worthing Raiders comeback
Buy this photo » Wharfedale prop Adam Howard tries to step around Worthing Raiders' Peter Cleveland
Wharfedale 38, Worthing Raiders 34
Wharfedale dominated 80 per cent of this remarkable match yesterday and were clearly set to deliver a harsh reality check to their outplayed visitors, newly promoted to SSE National League One.
Leading 38-12 after 70 minutes, the Greens had a straightforward victory sealed.
Then suddenly, without warning – having looked a very moderate side indeed up to that point – the Raiders were transformed into marauding . . . raiders!
In a barely credible recovery, Worthing scored four tries in the final ten minutes. Had their discipline been tighter earlier in the game, home fly half Tom Barrett profiting with four penalties, it might well have been a winning resurgence.
As it was, they celebrated two improbable bonus points, winning the try count six to four.
The Dalesmen ruled the first half, their forwards giving the Worthing pack little respite.
Mauled tries in the third and 25th minutes, scrum half Philip Woodhead and flanker Aaron Myers making the touchdowns, added to a try by No 8 Rob Baldwin (18 minutes) and ten points from Barrett, saw them to a 25-5 half-time lead.
Flanker Joseph Heaver grabbed the visitors’ try in the 11th minute, breaking through after stealing a muffed Greens line-out.
There was little sign of the mayhem to come as the second half got under way.
Two further penalties from the reliable Barrett boot and a yellow card (persistent offside) for Raiders’ first-half scorer Heaver had home fans salivating at the prospect of a huge winning margin.
A try for Worthing centre Kiba Richards in the 55th minute, converted by scrum half Joseph Govett, was quickly matched by home centre Will Bell, crossing by the posts after intercepting a wild pass on the visitors’ 22, Barrett converting.
The score was static until the 70th minute, when the Raiders went into overdrive.
First centre Jack Maslin (converted), then winger Alexander Neilsen (73 minutes), centre Oliver Richards (79 minutes), and finally Nielsen again (80 minutes), surged through a now very nervous Greens defence.
Referee Taylorson’s final whistle came as immense relief to the bewildered Wharfedale fans.
Wharfedale: A Whaites (M Dudman 56); N Taylor, W Bell, T Davidson, R Davidson; T Barrett, P Woodhead; C Steel, L Cole, A Howard (M Freeman 44), R Brown (J Mason 74), R Rhodes, J Burridge (J Barnard 58), A Myers, R Baldwin.
Comments are closed on this article.