Last gasp victory for Worle

PUBLISHED: 12:20 24 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:11 24 May 2010

REDCLIFFE B are bottom of Division 2, having won only one league game all season. Worle are a team aspiring to promotion to Division 1, with a good chance of achieving this aim

Redcliffe B 51 Worle 52REDCLIFFE B are bottom of Division 2, having won only one league game all season. Worle are a team aspiring to promotion to Division 1, with a good chance of achieving this aim.So the result of this game should never have been in doubt, even allowing for Worle's weakened squad. The players who were there should have won and in the end they did, but only at the last gasp.It was the frequent story. Defensively Worle did a reasonable job, even if not one of their best. Offensively, the report simply says: "Could and must do better." In the first quarter, the game was even and at the end of the first period, the score was level at 10 each.The second quarter, brought back memories of the old days when Worle did everything but score. There were five blank minutes before Hartley put a rebound away and another two before Gilbert sank a jumpshot. In the closing minutes, Hartley scored twice more and that was it. As usual, Richard Green was everywhere, keeping the defence on its toes. Hartley with support from Alex Briffitt and Luke Davis was rebounding effectively and Redcliffe certainly did not find things easy. But although the points came slowly for Redcliffe, they led at half time 23-18.Worle needed to get moving in the third quarter and to an extent they did, but so did Redcliffe. Worle started well, Hartley was again at the front and put in some good work inside, Russ Hayward rediscovered his touch and when Gilbert's jumpshot went in, Worle had levelled at 28 each. But then the effort faded. Davis scored inside but there was no further score until the final minute. Meanwhile, Redcliffe had found their feet again and once more taken the lead to leave Worle trailing 39-33 at the final interval.Yet again Worle needed to wake up and again they did so with a 14-2 spell that saw them playing as they could and should have done throughout the game. Hartley started things and Hayward sank a three-pointer. Gilbert also scored several times and when Hayward drove through to lay up, Worle led 47-41. Redcliffe were not finished and while Worle's shots rimmed and the ball was turned over, a series of free throws, the only way Worle's defence was letting them in, allowed Redcliffe to level once more at 47 each with two minutes to go.Walford gave Worle the initiative once more with a three-point play and a couple of free throws kept them in front. Desperate defence also put Redcliffe on the line, however, and they crept back to cut Worle's lead to one point only at 52-51. Now Redcliffe had to gain possession and to do so, they put Worle on the line. The free throws missed, however, and a turnover gave Worle back the ball. Again, Worle was put on the line and again the shots missed, but by this time, the seconds had ticked away and Worle held on for the narrowest of victories.Gilbert and Hartley both made 17 points. Hayward scored eight and Walford six.

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