WORCESTER'S worrying form continued on Saturday with yet another Premiership defeat to make it five without a win.

Leicester Tigers became the latest team to pip Warriors to the points, as Alan Solomons’ side yet again shot themselves in the foot with simple errors and ill-discipline.

Following the scrappy affair at Welford Road the Tigers went within a point of 10th-placed Worcester in the table and left the away side once again wondering what might have been.

Two second-half penalties from Tigers’ substitute fly half Johnny McPhillips sealed the spoils after the scores had been tied at eight-a-piece at half-time.

Warriors had conceded the first try in each of their past three matches but were first to cross the whitewash this time as winger Perry Humphreys profited from a barraging run from Ted Hill and some tidy hands in the backline.

The visitors continued to control possession but Tigers clawed their way back into the game in the 23rd minute when Johnny McPhillips, who came on early for the injured Noel Read, knocked over a penalty.

Just before half-time it was a major lapse in concentration that gave Tigers the lead. Jamie Shillcock took the ball into contact on the half-way line and at the resulting ruck the ball spilled out and Tigers’ scrum-half Ben White seemed to be the only player to react and kicked it through.

Tigers’ winger Jordan Olowofela won the race to the ball and dotted down to put the hosts in front and after working hard to establish a strong position in the first quarter, Warriors were somehow behind.

Just before the whistle Ollie Lawrence provided a moment of quality to find a gap in the defence thanks to a clever delayed pass from Humphreys set him on his way.

He couldn’t quite get round the final defender but Duncan Weir kicked a penalty to make sure they didn’t go empty handed from the attack to at least get back on level terms heading into the sheds.

During the first-half Warriors’ Anton Bresler left the pitch due to a head injury and at the break Graham Kitchener also had to be replaced for a knock to the head. This left Worcester short on second-rows, something that Solomons was keen to point out as a determining factor after the game.

Hill was also struggling with a hip injury but was asked to play through the pain and to fill in at lock in the second half and the scrums seemed to lose the edge, as did the lineout without pack leader Kitchener and it all told in the end.

The second period was evidence that these two sides are struggling and neither managed to create much in attack but as has become the theme for Warriors this year, it was to be penalties that let them down.

McPhillips knocked one over on the hour and right on full-time to seal the win and leave Warriors with a losing bonus-point that will be of little consolation to the players and to those fans who made the trip.

Solomons’ men return to Sixways next weekend against Northampton Saints and with fans becoming increasingly less patient.

You get the sense the pressure is starting to mount and another few defeats could further calls for a change at the top.