Report by Mark Wapshott
Wolfpack squander early lead.
Within 8 minutes of the whistle, the Wolfpack were 10 points up and had the game by the scruff of the neck. After last weeks Somme like conditions a pitch with grass and only a light drizzle was being enjoyed for this encounter with Worthing Raiders who began the game 5 points adrift in the table.
Bury started the game extremely well, with a penalty from Fraser Honey and a converted try from Mark Kohler, with a 55 metre sprint from an interception.
Unfortunately, the Raiders were not to lie down and give the travelling side their first win on the road since October.
With the score 0 – 8, the Raiders heavier pack used their weight advantage from a good line out and with a well drilled catch and drive 5 metres out, trundled over for a try from Will Giering ( Ex-Harlequins Academy), the extra 2 points from the boot of Matt Mclean. Bury then came back from an attacking scrum 10 meters out and our winger, Guillame Duplenne darted over for the try tight the touch line. The resulting conversion missed. 7 - 15
The Raiders then got into their stride pulling the defence left then right on a number of occasions and although the Wolfpack defence managed to hold their line well, the Raiders popped over for a try under the post which was easily converted.
H-T – 14 – 15.
Worthing came back into the second half with renewed vigour and from the restart sped up the middle with a number of pick and gos, from the rucks and had certainly decided to make up the points difference in the second half. Jonathan Wittall scored and Mclean converted. 21 – 15.
The Bury lads weren’t to be punished that easily and after a series of scrums, each won by BSE and a penalty awarded each time, moved the team up the pitch, resulting in Fraser Honey slotted a penalty. 21 – 18.
With 9 minutes to go, it appeared the Wolfpack could get their act together and pull this game together, Backs working well, intelligent kicks from hand and pack becoming more dominant with each engagement.
Two yellow cards in quick succession, to Sam Bixby and then Mark Kohler, meant that the team was down to 13 with 8 minutes to go. Without giving up, the pressure was on in more ways than one.
With the clock ticking down, Raiders slotted another penalty. 24 – 18, and although the Wolfpack were camped in the Oppos 22, it was only a matter of time before the referee called time.
Ollie Smith, Bury St Edmunds Head Coach, said after the game: ‘We had to dig deep for the last ten minutes and the result could have been very different if we could keep 15 on the pitch. Our performance today has continued getting better over the last three weeks and we are all looking to forward to seeing Canterbury, who we beat there earlier in the season. Playing at home in front of the Haberden Hordes always brings the best out of the Wolfpack.’
Updated 06:57 - 22 Feb 2018 by Becky Haywood