Long faces as Worksop are beaten by Eaton’s late try

Worksop Rugby club & Long Eaton at Stubbing Lane, Worksop. Worksop in Black & White strip and Long Eaton in Blue & White.
Worksop Rugby club & Long Eaton at Stubbing Lane, Worksop. Worksop in Black & White strip and Long Eaton in Blue & White.

Worksop Rugby Club were denied victory in the dying moments on Saturday, going down 14-13 at home to Long Eaton despite leading for most of the fixture.

Worksop opened the scoring through a try from Luke Middleton,after the Long Eaton full-back slipped when he should have gathered the ball to make safe, letting the nifty winger steal in to drop over the line.

The hosts got their heads further in front five minutes later and another three points from the boot of centre Andy Waddell secured an eight point lead.

Long Eaton pulled the score closer when poor tackling allowed them to score a converted try just before the break, making the half-time scoreline 8-7 to Worksop.

The second half saw a very tight game with both teams battling to gain possession, with Worksop just seeming to have the edge.

But as with the last few weeks they couldn’t turn this pressure into points.

Eventually the Worksop forwards rallied and several pick-up and drives for the line saw them get to within a metre of the try line, with Long Eaton digging in to defend. Veteran wing forward Justin Poxon found himself with a try scoring opportunity when the ball came to him, and using his experience it was a forgone conclusion, nobody was going to stop him scoring and putting Worksop on 13 points, although Waddell missed what was to be a crucial conversion.

Long Eaton had some good spells to follow and tried several rolling mauls through their forwards, but Worksop stopped these just as quick as they had started, defending their lead valiantly.

With five minutes to go Long Eaton got to within five metres of the Worksop try line, once again through their forwards, this time forming a maul, which resulted in their second row picking up and driving for the line and scoring a try.

The conversion put Long Eaton in the lead for the first time, 14-13 up, and this is how the game ended when the Long Eatoncaptain kicked the ball out of play to bring the final whistle.

A disappointed Worksop can only reflect on what should have been their victory, but will have to settle for a bonus point for being within seven points on the scoreline.