14-man Worcester Warriors were edged out of a thrilling game at The Rec as Bath earned their first win of the season thanks to a 68th minute penalty from the boot of fly-half Orlando Bailey.

Rory Sutherland was shown a red card just two minutes into the game after a head-on-head collision with Bath's Will Stuart.

Samesa Rokoduguni scored a minute later but Jamie Shillcock responded shortly after for the visitors before Max Ojomoh scrambled over the line to put the hosts 14-5 up after 20 minutes.

Joe Batley and Gareth Simpson touched down to give the away side an unlikely 19-14 lead at the break but Tom de Glanville's second-half unconverted try tied the scores at 19-each before Bailey won it 12 minutes from time.

It was the worst possible start for the visitors when Sutherland saw red so quickly into the game, as he and Stuart collided in the Bath 22 and after a length TMO check, the British and irish Lions prop received his marching orders.

The hosts immediately made the most of their advantage by going up the other end of the pitch and scoring in the corner through Samesa Rokoduguni.

It looked to be a long afternoon ahead but Warriors had other ideas and on their first real entrance into the Bath 22 they won a lineout and from the maul, Francois Venter acted as a dummy runner to allow Fin Smith the time to pull it back to Jamie Shillcock who powered his way over the line.

Bath were back ahead after 20 minutes in controversial circumstances as Jonathan Joseph's grubber kick found space in behind the Warriors defence and Max Ojomoh fell on it to dot down.

The centre did not seem to have control of the ball as he went over and even the player himself thought he had spilled it but the TMO eventually decided on the try.

But with ten remaining remaining in the half, another entry to the 22 ended with Joe Batley battering his way over the whitewash for Worcester's second score.

Smith converted and it was a two-point game, but the away side were not done.

Worcester were showing a clinical edge when entering the Bath red zone and again they used the driving maul as a set-piece to good effect as they crashed their way through Bath's defence and Gareth Simpson was on the inside of a an intelligent Francois Venter carry to take the offload and dart over.

Worcester had to battle hard in the second period but having defended bravely, de Glanville managed to find the gap and go over in the corner with 57 on the clock.

It was to and fro thereafter and warriors had chances which they didn't take before Bailey nailed the three pointer from 35 yards out to seal a much needed win for Bath.