Havant relegated

Havant were condemned to relegation after a 55-27 home defeat to Worthing.

The visitors travelled along the south coast with a good number of supporters anxious for their side to boost their own bid to avoid the drop.

They achieved this at the expense of doomed Havant with a mighty 55-27 victory.

Worthing now go level on points with Chinnor and Lydney while Bridgewater & Albion slipped into the second relegation place.

Havant themselves saw any lingering hopes of a miracle survival charge end and now face life outside of the national league.

A match containing 13 tries suggests a spectacular show of running rugby but the reality was somewhat different.

The defending from both teams left a lot to be desired.

Worthing cruelly exposed Havant's almost schoolboy defending during a 12-minute spell in the first half to run in four tries virtually unopposed.

At least two more of the eight scored by the visitors also followed grotesque errors by their hosts.

Having said all of that, Worthing's almost equally poor defending contributed in part to several of the five tries Havant scored and they could have had more but for poor handling.

Worthing deserved their 36-10 half-time lead, because their pack gained the better of the Havant eight and their backs exploited the gaps created.

Left-wing Ben Coulson played a major role in creating the first-half avalanche of tries, as well as converting four of the five scored and landing a penalty.

Havant recovered quite well from a difficult opening and scored the second try of the match when a decent handling move took them almost to the line, where the pack drove over for Ryan McBride to claim the touchdown.

After the four-try whirlwind, the hosts responded and the pack again surged over the line and Karl Randle this time emerged as the scorer.

A woeful handling error on the restart then allowed Coulson to get Worthing's next try.

Liam Davenport (left) went close for Havant but instead won a penalty from which McBride raced over for his second try.

Thereafter, the game became farcical as Worthing ran out of props and the match went to uncontested scrums.

Havant scored a fine try with a sweeping move which allowed Greg Sullivan in and Davenport converted.

Worthing added two further tries before Sullivan had the final say, although the conversion effort that failed from in front of the posts said a great deal about their shoddy kicking in all aspects through the season.