Worthing Warriors V Tonbridge Juddian’s Match Report


Sunday saw another brilliant day of rugby for the Worthing Warriors. The ladies travelled to Tonbridge Juddian’s ground to face them for the first time this season. The team had been struggling for numbers for this match resulting in a number of players playing out of position but the Warriors were in high spirits and fought hard throughout. The game started with Worthing receiving the kick off. To begin with the play was a bit sloppy from both sides but soon the Warriors found their footing and began what would become their first victory of the season. Gabie Archer kicked things off for the ladies breaking through the defensive line and scoring the Warriors’ first try. Tonbridge Juddians quickly restarted but the ball soon ended up in the hands of Jasmine Spalding who hit the gas and ran three quarters of the length of the pitch scoring yet another try for the Warriors that was easily converted by Saz Longhurst. Tonbridge responded with two tries in quick succession, one of which was converted drawing the teams level at 12-12. The Warriors did not let their heads drop and continued to battle on. Winger, Lucy Unsted, soon found a gap and with some amazing pace scored under the posts making for another easy conversion. A penalty to Worthing just in front of the post made for another three easy points for the team just before half time making the score 12-21. The work rate did not end there for the Warriors. The ladies continued to make the tackles and turn the ball over. Soon Lauren Owens used her strength to battle through and score yet another try that was once again converted by Saz Longhurst. The back and forth battle continued between the two teams with Tonbridge scoring four more tries and Worthing kicking for more penalty points and Gabie Archer scoring her second cracking try of the match. The score was sat at 32-36 and the Warriors were determine to hold on. A fantastic run of play resulted in one of the newest members of the team getting to the ball and making a break for the line. After a heart stopping moment the team celebrated as Alicia Pestell scored her first ever try. This gave the Warriors a slightly more comfortable lead but it was clear the home team were not giving up just yet. One final breakthrough for them just before the final whistle brought the final score to 39-41. The Warriors were overjoyed to have succeeded in securing their first win of the season. Coach Phil was extremely proud of his team stating “The Warriors played with heart and went out and just enjoyed their rugby, moved the ball around and had fun. It was a much needed win for the team after narrowly losing their last game. We can’t wait for the return fixture and bring on Romford on December 9th.”