Hellingly 42 v 8 Worthing: Fifth played sixth in this Sussex one contest with both these promoted teams looking to move up the league to challenge the top of the leader board.
Worthing started the stronger and were rewarded after five minuites with a penalty in front of the posts 0-3. This galvanised Hellingly into action with a break down the blindside allowing Aaron McCulloch a try at the corner 5-3. After good work from the Worthing pack the ball was turned over inside the 22 and Ian Padget side stepped his opposite man and broke clear with the fullback to beat he drew and passed in classic fashion for Huw Jones to run in under the posts 12-3. Hellingly had a scrum in midfield and a break from the backs sliced through the Worthing defence allowing Sam WynneMcCulloch to split the defence for a well worked try 17-3. Next came a driving maul that saw the play switched and Nathan Hancock going over for a classic forwards score 22-3. A long clearance kick by Worthing to clear defence resulted in play being switched from left wing to right and padget was again able to find the close supporting Jones whose angle of attack took him clear for a half time score of 27-3.
The interval over Worthing became supercharged scoring after a long period camped in Hellingly’s 22 for 27-8 and despite a lethargic response from Hellingly Worthings attack petered out and the game began to again dictated by Hellingly. As well as pulling the strings Matt Sands showed he had not forgotten how to score and a solo effort saw him step his opposite number and evade three tackles before scoring under the post 34-8. It was Huw Jones who provided the final sparkle with his 40 yard break and dash to the line to complete his hat trick and man of the match performance. The final act saw Ian Padget pick up the penalty three points from a deflated Worthing team for a final score of 42-3.
Hellingly move to fourth in the league and face Holbrook away this week. Coach Nigel Gossedge said it was satisfying to see the backs perform so well but we are a long way from our best and will need to step up gears in the weeks to come.