Maslen magic in­spires su­per Wor­thing

The Rugby Paper - - National League 2 South - ■ By SALLY MATTHEWS

JACK Maslen bagged a hat­trick as Wor­thing en­sured Old Red­clif­fi­ans re­main strug­gling near the foot of the league table in a 74point thriller.

The home side outscored Red­clif­fi­ans by six tries to four, with Maslen lead­ing the Raiders to vic­tory as both he and Mathew McLean racked up per­sonal points tal­lies of 15.

The full-back got things go­ing on just two min­utes, cross­ing for his first but McLean was un­able to add the ex­tras.

An Ash­ley Groves penalty dou­ble, ei­ther side of a con­verted Ethan Doyle try on nine min­utes, put Red­clif­fi­ans 13-5 up.

Maslen and McLean were not hang­ing about, though, as they each went over within seven min­utes of each other – the fly-half con­vert­ing both – to put Raiders back ahead.

Red­clif­fi­ans thought

they would be in front at the break, though, as Groves con­verted Robert Smith’s 38th-minute try to give his side a nar­row lead.

But Maslen com­pleted his hat-trick on half-time, with McLean con­vert­ing to put Raiders ahead.

And Sam Hamp­son in­creased that lead two min­utes into the sec­ond half, McLean again con­vert­ing, be­fore Chris­tian Ger­vais’ con­verted score got the vis­i­tors back within six.

But when Jack For­rest went over with ten min­utes to play, a last-gasp try from Doyle was in vain as Wor­thing held on to se­cure a su­perb vic­tory.

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