Bognor’s valiant Vase effort is in vain

Bognor's third XV, finalists in the Sussex Vase
Bognor's third XV, finalists in the Sussex Vase

Bognor’s third team were unable to defend their Sussex Vase crown after a successful campaign that saw them dismiss Hove, Chichester and Burgess Hill on route to the final, which they lost 32-8 to Worthing IV.

Trigger’s Army travelled with their supporters to Lewes and put up a great fight against a bigger and well-organised Worthing team.

Bognor attacked from kick-off, full-back Reid making great runs, and only a last-ditch tackle prevented a try. Shipp took a penalty but the width of the upright denied him.

McFarland was next to go close as Myhill put a delicate chip over but the winger was beaten by the bounce.

Worthing came back and a perfect bounce allowed their full-back over.

Shipp reduced the deficit with a penalty, then Noy went close and Brown tried a snipe but was short.

Worthing again broke to score after great inter-play between forwards and backs. This was followed by their next score as a missed tackle allowed the winger an easy run.

Bognor came back and Barlow carried strongly, closely followed by the impressive Nagi. A clever offload to the supporting Talman looked to have opened Bognor’s account but a forward pass was spotted.

The second half saw Worthing take a stronghold with two quick tries.

Bognor played some dazzling rugby as Murrey showed experience beyond his youth.

Trigger’s Army were rewarded with a move of sheer class.

Ex-Wasps full-back Hay dazzled the Worthing defence as he accelerated and raced away from inside his own half for the best try of the entire match.