BOSS Alan Solomons was delighted to see Worcester Warriors hold their nerve to beat Bath 21-19 with the last kick of an incident-packed Gallagher Premiership tussle at Sixways.

But he was not prepared to comment on the officiating in the dying moments as Bath conceded a series of scrum penalties and ended the game with just 11 men after a red card and three sin-binnings.

Warriors faced an uphill battle at half-time as they trailed 19-3 and Solomons admitted his side had dug themselves a hole.

But the hosts clawed their way back in the second half as Bryce Heem bagged two tries, including one in the 97th minute which Duncan Weir converted to secure a win that lifts Solomons’ men four points clear of bottom club Newcastle Falcons.

“I have been coaching for a long time so I have seen it go both ways,” Solomons said.

“It was pretty tight at the end. It went on and on and on, but the boys held their nerve, we eventually got the try and Duncan kicked the conversion.

“Duncy has got good temperament but like any kicker you have the odd occasion where it does not run for you and you don’t get it.

“But I thought he held his nerve there. That was a big kick as we needed the win.”

Warriors’ hopes of a second-half revival were boosted when Ross Batty was given his marching orders by referee Ian Tempest for a neck roll on Sam Lewis on 63 minutes.

With the clock dead replacements props Lucas Noguera and Max Lahiff then saw yellow as Bath’s penalty count rose before Aled Brew was sin-binned for offside.

“I have seen games go right to the death quite often but not in that particular manner,” Solomons said.

“There were umpteen scrums and then their guy (Brew) came offside to make the tackle.

“I thought we had an overlap there and then eventually we got the ball, went right to left and scored the try.”

Asked whether Warriors should have been awarded a penalty try, Solomons said: “I have got to look at that carefully.

“I would not want to make a comment at this stage. But the fact is we got the try at the end so all’s well that ends well.”

Worcester were on a run of three league matches without a win and looked on course for a fourth straight defeat at the break.

Four Freddie Burns penalties and a try from Zach Mercer saw the visitors open up a healthy 16-point lead.

Solomons was disappointed with his side’s “poor” discipline but pleased with their reaction in the second period.

“In the first half we gave away far too many penalties which kept us buried in our half,” he said.

“We said (at half-time) we have got to tighten up our discipline as a lot of the penalties were linked to the breakdown and we can’t make critical errors at critical moments.

“We spoke about those first 10 minutes after half-time being critical, so it was about kicking it long, getting them buried in their territory and getting some points on the board.

“We got a penalty in those first 10 minutes, slowly the momentum started changing and then we got on top of them.

“I know they got some cards, but they weren’t really in the game.”