On Saturday 12th November the Wild Geese played Worthing (away), in National League 2 South, but lost again – this time by 22 points to 26. They did collect 2 bonus points from their visit to West Sussex but that was certainly less than was hoped for, particularly when they outscored Worthing on the day by 4 tries to 3.
An error-ridden first half by the Wild Geese ultimately cost them the game. Worthing were very much in control, scoring tries after 9 minutes and 24 minutes, the latter converted, to which they added a penalty goal on the stroke of half-time. The sole response from the Wild Geese was a try scored by centre Sean Cunningham in the 20th minute, and the half-time score was 15-5 to Worthing.
[blockquote]Report by John S Hunter[/blockquote]
The second half started in even worse vein for the Wild Geese, as Worthing added a try after 3 minutes, and a penalty goal after 8 minutes, to take a dominant 18 point lead. However, the next half-hour was a different story, with the Wild Geese looking the more composed side and definitely with the more threatening backs. Left-wing George Owen scored a try after 11 minutes of the half; scrum-half Dan Grant-Anderson added a further try after 26 minutes, and centre Seb Rodwell added yet another try, converted by out-half Gavin Dunne, after 31 minutes, to reduce the deficit to a single point. The Wild Geese were looking for the kill by this stage, but Worthing denied them possession in the closing stages and the only addition to the score-line was a penalty goal from Worthing in the 35th minute, to make the final score 26-22 to them.
In retrospect, 2 bonus points gained, and away from home at that, can be seen as important, but to lose to a side that were only separated from us by 1 point in the league table before kick-off can be viewed as disappointing. The Wild Geese now face a series of challenging fixtures before Xmas against teams above them in the table, starting with early-season pace-setters Taunton Titans next Saturday.
[blockquote]Thanks very much to Warwick Pics for the images – © 2016 Warwick Baker[/blockquote]