Bury suffer fifth successive defeat

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Worthing 27

Bury St Edmunds 23

Bury once again lost a game in the second half, their fifth defeat on the bounce, at Worthing on Saturday.

Illness and injury meant several late changes to the Wolfpack line up, but with their first meaningful attack Bury scored.

A solid scrum on half way provided the platform for Peres to break, and he timed his pass to perfection to send Chris Lord racing free and in by the posts. Lyle added the extras .

Bury, with the benefit of the breeze at their backs, were able to absorb Worthing attacks before breaking free and causing turmoil in the home defence.

Worthing were penalised twice for going offside to halt promising Bury moves. Both were successfully converted by Lyle and Bury led 13 – 3 at the half-hour mark.

Worthing had plenty of chances, but in contrast to Bury their execution was poor. All they had to show at half way was a McClean penalty as the Bury defence stood firm.

Worthing started the second half in determined fashion. Skipper Scott Lawson and No 8 Perkins were prominent driving down the middle of the park. McClean landed a simple penalty to narrow the deficit following a dominant scrum

Moments later scrum half Dan Peach darted through a hole in the defensive line at a ruck. Injuries to Stapleton and Davis put the Bury pack under pressure resulting in a penalty try. Worthing were in charge and a turnover saw a quick counter and substitute Whittle scored by the posts.

With ten minutes to go and trailing by 14, Bury went in search of cutting the deficit and earning bonus points. Affleck’s long flat pass put Lyle in enough space to break free and score in the corner. His conversion from wide out into the wind was off target. Lyle had another chance but his long range penalty was narrowly wide.

From the 22-metre drop out, with scoreboard showing time was up, Lord gathered the kick and his long mazy run caused panic and created space.

Bury quickly won the ruck ball and this time Affleck’s fine pass found prop forward Bingham out on the wing, and he gleefully cantered over.