From the off it looked as it was going to be an evenly contested
contest with Worthing retaining possession through a number of phases.
However, as soon as Horsham overturned breakdown ball they unleashed
the pace and handling skills of their backs on half way. Full back Liam
McGivern took the ball on the 22, rounded the full back and was able to
touch down under the post with Cameron Allan converting. Horsham were
quickly 14 0 ahead following a backs move of outstanding quality which
saw wing Declan Nwachukwu cut through under the posts with Allan
At the start of the 2nd period, following numerous replacements, it
looked as though Horsham were about to score their 3rd try when they
engineered a two man overlap on the right only for No8 Aiden Plumpton
to forget he was a forward and attempt an unsuccessful kick ahead. This
caused a big swing in momentum with Worthing soon engineering a try
under the posts which they converted. The whole episode seemed to
unnerve Horsham and numerous errors and missed tackles followed and
Worthing eventually scored a good overlap try in the corner which went
unconverted. 14-12. With the period coming to an end Horsham made a
terrible hash of clearing to touch from a scrum with the ball running
loose over the Horsham line and Worthing touching down and converting.
Following a severe talking to from the coaching team Horsham quickly
put things in order from the start of the 3rd period and scored 4
unanswered tries. Following a mazy run from Declan Nwachukwu he deftly
offloaded in the tackle for full back Liam McGivern to scamper over for
his second try. 19 19.
Great handling again saw Declan Nwachukwu outpace the defence to score his
second under the posts. 26 19. Then with Horsham running the ball from
the kick off centre Jerome Downey took possession on the half way line
and dazzled the Worthing defence sending them left then right before
touching down. Cameron Allan converted from out on the left. 33 19.
Up to this point Horsham had scored 16 tries in their two games this
season, all of them from the backs. Therefore the final try was the
highlight of the day as Horsham secured a line out 15 metres out and
drove the Worthing pack towards their line. This resulted in flanker
Daniel Riley touching down for the first forwards try of the season,
celebrated by coaches and players alike. The conversion was missed and
the final score was 38-19.
This was a severe test from a good team and there are definite areas to
work on before next weeks first league fixture away at title favourites
Man of the Match - David Fennelly (Hooker)