Fog stopped play a few weeks back when Jersey RFC were unable to leave the island due to the bad weather. The rearranged fixture looked like it could be close affair with Jersey having had some good results in the Sussex Colts Premier League this year.
Jersey started well and pushed the Worthing Team in the first 5 minutes or so. However, the home team held their ground and got an intercept and ran the ball back down the line. Jersey showed they were no slouches charged after the ball making a try saving tackle. Worthing took control of the situation and pushed Jersey near the try line resulting in the visitors giving away a penalty. Will Sanderson, was on kicking duty and slotted the ball straight through.
For the next few periods of play there was equal possession with the fast feet of Marcus Hendry out on the wing demonstrating the finishing difference between the two teams with another intercept and a charge down the line as he crossed over for a Worthing’s first try of the afternoon. Sanderson duly converted. Jersey were keen to show what they could bring to the game and within just 5 minutes scored their one and only try of the game. Worthing then took control of the match. Will Robinson, Tommy Buck and Bram Brauer all scoring tries, with the solid boot of Sanderson kicking a further 7 points over for the team. Jersey were physical, and had some excellent ball handling skills. When they came out wide they always looked threatening. However, the defensive line of the Worthing Colts was just too much for them.
Worthing 32 – 5 Jersey
Head Coach Andy Turner said “In arctic conditions the team produced a controlled performance against a plucky and well organised defensive Jersey team. The forward’s improved ball retention and presentation gave the platform for the backs to exploit, however a lack of direct running and penetration led to chances of scoring tries few and far between“