Gallery: Welwyn made to scrap for Worthing triumph
PUBLISHED: 11:49 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 October 2009
WELWYN Warriors had a real battle at the weekend but they overcame a stiff test to win at Worthing 19-5 to stay top of the division. A casual glance at the league table probably have convinced unbeaten Warriors U18s that victory at Worthing would be a for
WELWYN Warriors had a real battle at the weekend but they overcame a stiff test to win at Worthing 19-5 to stay top of the division.
A casual glance at the league table probably have convinced unbeaten Warriors U18s that victory at Worthing would be a formality and two easy points.
They were proved to be wrong as the West Sussex side performed out of their skins.
Warriors looked all at sea from the kick-off with dreadful passing, high tackles and silly kicking - and this from supposedly the best team in the South of England.
The hosts tackled like demons as Welwyn breaks were snuffed out before they had started.
Territory was all with Welwyn but there was no way through. Even Warriors' experienced players kept trying the same tactic time after time and Worthing smothered everything.
Megan Williams eventually managed a breakaway try to give Warriors a 5-0 lead but almost at once Worthing levelled and the ding-dong battle recommenced.
Alex Robertson collected a fumble by Worthing late in the first half to score from 12 yards out.
The try was converted by skipper Hannah Gallagher but 12-5 at half-time flattered Welwyn.
The second half became a nightmare for the Warriors fans. Worthing battled and battled and the one area of the Warriors game that held firm was the defence.
Frankie Dawson and Hannah Marques had all the grit you'd want and more.
Hannah Smith left the field with a dislocated finger, had it relocated and was back in the thick of it.
No matter how hard Worthing tried they could find no way through.
One good break looking odds on for a try was called back for a forward pass.
This seemed to take the fight out of the Sussex girls and although they kept pressing the intensity was lost.
Williams scored a second try, converted by Casey Shults, to make it 19-5.
Charlie Simms had to leave the field after taking a hit but Warriors held out.
Warriors team manager Dave Marques was hugely relieved with the result.
He said: "We put 58 unanswered points on Worthing in the cup last year. They have improved massively.
"We wanted tougher games this year and boy have we got them. Every match in this league this season is tough.
"We played badly and won today, either the sign of a very good team or we used all our nine lives up. I guess we'll know at the end of the season.