Bury St Edmunds 22 Worthing Raiders 36
Bury never recovered from conceding 21 points in the opening 13 minutes to a rampant Worthing side.
Updated 16:41 - 16 Nov 2018 by Mark Wapshott
In the week where Bury parted company with Head Coach Jon Curry, and on the back of a drubbing at Taunton the previous Saturday, the Home side took too long to find their feet and were never going to haul in Worthing.
It was a disastrous start for The Wolfpack! Despite being under pressure in the scrum the Raiders broke down field and earned a penalty when Bury strayed off side. A kick to the corner easily resulted in Prop Tom Adams being driven over after just 2 minutes.
Before they could dust themselves down, Bury had conceded again. Early engagement at a scrum gave Worthing a penalty which was taken quickly and although Bury scrambled back, a hasty clearance kick was easily charged down and Miller strolled over. Maclean’s extras made it 14 – 0 and two minutes later it was 21!
Again Bury shunted the visitors back at the scrum but Perkins managed to get the ball away and the Worthing backs raced down the blind side avoiding some rather lack lustre tackles for Basson to score in the scoreboard corner.
If there was a positive, it was that Bury had over an hour to try and get back on terms… The players were clearly shell shocked but they finally managed to gain some composure, retain possession and work their way into the Worthing 22. Kohler almost managed to squeeze over but the ball went forward in the tackle, however Bury had an advantage and were brought back for the penalty. A scrum was taken, the pack drove forward and No 8 Yas Browne picked up and drove over! Ritchie’s conversion came back off the upright.
With the Bury forwards in the ascendancy, they enjoyed their best period of the match. A penalty earned at the scrum was kicked deep and Bury finally stayed patient, working their way towards the line before finally releasing to the backs for a simple score. Ritchie was the beneficiary but others were queuing up alongside him. Successfully converting his own try, the score now stood at 12 – 21 and it felt like Bury might have a chance.
That chance faded almost immediately as Bury did not gather the kick off and then stood off the as the visitors ran amok, bursting through tackles to power Henry Birch over. For once Maclean could not convert, but his side were more than happy to go into the changing rooms with a healthy 26 – 12 lead.
HALF TIME BURY 12 WORTHING 26
Once again Bury had let themselves down with some basic errors that had handed the initiative to a dangerous Worthing side and it had cost them dearly!
Bury did have the advantage of the strong wind at their backs in the second half but not once did they kick deep into the favoured Grandstand corner…
Instead they tried to create things out of nothing or attempt to go wide when it wasn’t really on. A catalogue of errors culminated in Connor O Reily having to concede a 5m scrum but thankfully the power of the Bury front row, ably led by Ben Cooper, saved the day!
Worthing had a torrid day in the scrum and were being penalised at almost every engagement. However, having made valuable yards from resulting penalties, Bury continually gave the ball back via knock ons or getting isolated at the break down.
Worthing almost added to their tally after a flowing counter attack took them from their own 22 to the hosts in a matter of seconds before Will Affleck then spied a gap in the Blues defence to race 60m back down field.
With one man already in the sin bin, Worthing were reduced to 13 when Birch was shown a Yellow card as the Raiders pack wilted at a series of scrums. Bury continually elected to scrum again from the resulting penalties before shipping the ball out to Kohler to exploit the overlap. The conversion was missed but the score stood at 17 – 26 on the hour mark.
Once again, as Bury sensed the chance of a comeback, Worthing quickly extinguished that hope. Restored to 14 men, they put the Bury pack under pressure for once, and although Maclean missed a straight forward penalty, they never allowed Bury to escape. Scrum Half Ben Holt fielded the 22 drop out and jinked his way back towards the Bury line allowing John Dawe the chance to win the race to Forrests fine kick through to score in the corner.
After a period of good play, the score seemed to drain the fragile confidence out of the Bury players. They looked lost again and stood off Worthing and were made to pay! Deft hands and incisive running cut Bury apart and Dawe made it a brace when he touched down in the opposite corner.
With 10 minutes to go, the only target Bury realistically had was to try and earn a bonus point and salvage some pride. Cam Ritchie’s mazy run almost got Wiltshire in, whilst Tui Uru made two or three strong breaks, one of which gave Bury another chance of an attacking scrum. This time Jordan Coombes was the beneficiary as he powered over from close range to bring the scoring to a close.
FULL TIME BURY 22 WORTHING 36
Jordan Coombes late score gave Bury the small comfort of a losing bonus point but Worthing were good value for their win. The Bury players face a 700 mile round trip when they travel to Redruth in 2 weeks. The Rec is a notorious place to visit and Bury will need to cut out some of the errors if they are to return with anything tangible.