Blaydon make it 3 wins out of 3

Blaydon’s 680 mile round trip to the south coast ended successfully despite playing most of the game a man short having picked up 4 yellow cards, and conceding a try after just 2 minutes.

The home side, fighting for survival in the relegation zone, were sharp in the backs but had no answer to the power of the Blaydon pack, even when depleted.

Liam Perkins the Worthing No8 scored the opener when he stormed through a gap in the middle of a line-out, Joe Govette adding the conversion, but the Blaydon response was immediate. Chris Wearmouth touched down from a driving maul 25 metres out and minutes later man of the match Harry Bate went over in similar style.

Winger Sean Brown made it 7-15 when he scooted over in the corner but by the interval Worthing had narrowed the gap to 1 point with a good effort by Oliver Richards who latched onto a chip ahead, Govette again on the mark.

An Andrew Baggett penalty early in the second period improved Blaydon’s advantage but Richards edged Worthing in front with his second try, this time from an excellent handling movement and the home side enjoyed a period of domination.

Two more Blaydon tries effectively settled the issue however, replacement centre Tom Bramwell grabbing the first to clinch a bonus point and Baggett adding the extras. Another replacement, Andrew Davies then scored a fifth try, a typical scrum-half effort to dart in under the posts with Baggett taking the score to 19-32.

Worthing, for whom this was a must win game, battled on to the end and secured their own try bonus through full-back Tom McLean when Blaydon were down to 12 men in the closing stages.