On Friday night Worthing Warriors hosted their first ever charity floodlit match against Sussex University. The event raised money St Wilfrid’s Hospice, a charity very close to the Warriors hearts after they cared for Sue Adams, mother of Charley McAdams, a fellow Warrior, in her final days. The rugby family came together to support Charley through this difficult time and as such named the trophy the Sue Adams Cup.
The atmosphere was buzzing as Worthing Warriors kicked off the match. The hosting side started strong in defence however Sussex University slipped through a small gap scoring under the posts making for an easy conversion. Quickly regrouping, Warriors utilised their width getting the ball to Saz Longhurst who scored in the far corner. The crowd were certainly not disappointed as before half time Sussex University scored another converted try and some fast hands from Lauren Owens and captain, Giorgia Palethorpe, shipped the ball out to Leanne Lampard who scored in the other corner making the score 10-14.
It was all to play for as the second half started. The Warriors fought hard and were soon rewarded with a try from Anastasia O’Connor. With only a point between them the two teams continued to battle it out with both sides make some incredible tackles and runs. Sussex University scored their final try and it was beginning to look like the Warriors had had the victory snatched away from them. In the final minutes of the match, with the supporters well and truly behind the home team, the ball made its way to winger, Lucy Unsted, who used her pace to carry it over the try line making the final score 20-19. It was a truly fantastic win for Worthing Warriors.
The night really demonstrated the true nature of the sport and Worthing Warriors would like to thank Sussex University, referee Neal Hyatt, our sponsor Nuspace Builders and all the supporters for making the event a huge success with over £400 being raised for St. Wilfrid’s Hospice.