Chris Latham’s first Premiership try for Worcester and a stellar goal-kicking performance from Loki Crichton lifted Warriors to their second consecutive league victory.

The former Australian international wriggled his way over two minutes into the second period and from that moment Mike Ruddock’s men never looked like losing.

But even with Crichton landing all four of his attempts and a late score for Sam Tuitupou there was concern amid the joy as Latham limped off after colliding with Tom Dillon.

Thankfully the early prognosis is not too worrying. Director of rugby Mike Ruddock said it did not look as though there as any ligament damage.

 "We are hopeful it is just bruising," Ruddock said. "We were hugely concerned when he first went down but it looks like it is not a major problem. Whether he will be OK for next week or not we don't know."

The first half was unencumbered by anything resembling enterprising rugby. The hosts lacked sufficient possession to demonstrate their attacking flair while the visitors lacked the attacking flair to make use of their dominance of possession.

It was no surprise, therefore, when the period ended having produced just four penalty goals, three to Worcester and just one to Falcons.

The first was stroked over from close range by Matthew Jones, after Geoff Parling strayed offside in the eighth minute.

The second also went to Worcester and was an outstanding effort from Chris Pennell from inside his own half.

Newcastle halved the deficit just after the midway point when Tevita Taumoepeau infringed at a ruck. Rory Clegg made light of his earlier miss and split the posts from 35 metres.

Worcester then lost Jones after a heavy tackle in midfield and four minutes before the break, the Welshman’s replacement Loki Crichton accepted another three points from point blank range after Golding erred once more.

Latham made it 14-3 before points from Tuitupou and Crichton more than offset Clegg’s second penalty and a consolation try from Danny Williams.

That left Ruddock in a content mood. "It was a workmanlike performance, We did not hit the heights although our defence was excellent until the end.

"We would like to have done a little bit better with our continuity and width but you have to give Newcaslte credit for the way they pressurised our breakdown.

"I felt tonight there was an expectation on us that we do not usually get. I think that weighed a little bit heavy on us."

WORCESTER: Latham (Gear 71); Pennell, Rasmussen, Tuitupou, Benjamin; Jones M (Crichton 24), Powell (Jones B 72); Mullan, Fortey (Lutui 19), Taumoepeau (Horsman 60), Rawlinson (Bowley 69), Gillies, Talei (Cox 72), Sanderson, Horstmann.

NEWCASTLE: Jones S (Dillon 29); Williams, May, Tu’ipulotu, Rudd; Clegg, Charlton (Grindal 63); Golding (Vickers 71), Thompson, Wilson D, Parling, Sorenson, Swinson, Wilson B, Dowson (Browne 71). Replacements: Ward, Perry, Visser