|Date||Time||League||Season||Match Day||Full Time|
|14/10/2017||3:00 pm||National Division Two South||2017-2018||Saturday||80'|
After playing the top two teams in the league on the previous two weekends this week Raiders faced third placed Cinderford at Roundstone Lane. The home side were pleased to have Kemp Price, Dan Sargent, Kiba Richards, Matt Walsh and Joe Spurgeon all back in the side after missing the game at Taunton.
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|#||Player||Position||Red Card||Yellow Card||T||C||P||DG|
|6||Kemp Price||Back Row||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|7||John Dawe||Back Row||0||0||2 (1', 8')||0||0||0|
|8||Jamie Redmayne||Back Row||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10||Jack Forrest||Fly-Half||0||0||0||2 (20', 32')||1 (44')||0|
|14||Jack Maslen||Wing||0||0||2 (19', 31')||0||0||0|
|16||George Harris||Back Row||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|18||Jon Whittall||Back Row||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Position||Red Card||Yellow Card||T||C||P||DG|
After playing the top two teams in the league on the previous two weekends this week Raiders faced third placed Cinderford at Roundstone Lane.
The home side were pleased to have Kemp Price, Dan Sargent, Kiba Richards, Matt Walsh and Joe Spurgeon all back in the side after missing the game at Taunton.
Raiders kicked off attacking the southern end of the ground. The visitors kicked out of defence only to see Kieran Leeming field the ball and set up the first attack. The ball went through the hands of Kiba Richards and Jack Forrest who released John Dawe wide on the right to score the first try of the day within a minute of the kick off. Raiders 5 Cinderford 0.
Within five minutes the home side were on the scoreboard again when a high kick was fumbled by a Cinderford player allowing Raiders to regain possession and move the ball swiftly to John Dawe who sprinted into the corner to score his second try of the game. The lead extending to 10-0 to the home side. The visitors slowly got themselves into the game and with their first visit to the Raiders 22m scored their first points of the day with a converted try to close the gap to 10-7.
Raiders extended their lead after gaining possession from a Cinderford line out, Dan Sargent made ground and at the resulting ruck a penalty was awarded to Raiders, Matt Walsh took a quick tap and made twenty metres, a well-placed grubber kick down the blind side saw Jack Maslen pounce to score wide on the left. Jack Forrest added the extras to stretch the lead to 17-7.
Raiders looked capable of scoring from anywhere on the pitch and were playing with great confidence. Just after the half hour mark Jack Maslen scored his second try of the day. Jack Forrest converted and the lead was now 24-7.
The visitors responded with their second try of the day after thirty five minutes, closing the gap to 24-12.
The final five minutes of the half saw Raiders deep inside Cinderford territory pressing for another try. After many phases of play the ball was held up over the line and with no time left for the five metre scrum the referee blew for half time.
Half time score: Raiders 24-12 Cinderford
Raiders had played their best rugby of the season so far. The defence had constantly put pressure on the attacking intents of the visitors and their own attacking play had been outstanding throughout the half.
The visitors kicked off the second half and within five minutes both sides had added a penalty to the score to make it 27-15.
Cinderford were now having more of the possession than the home side and were putting increased pressure on them. Their powerful forwards were able to put them in the right areas of the pitch to maintain that pressure. After fifteen minutes they scored a converted try to leave Raiders with a slender five point lead and still twenty five minutes to play.
As the half progressed the home side soaked up the pressure and it began to look like they would hold on for the win, unfortunately with only three minutes left on the clock the visitors produced the try that levelled the scores at 27-27. Replacement kicker James Williams converted and what could have been a very impressive win turned into a narrow defeat.
Final score: Raiders 27 Cinderford 29.
Although disappointing to lose right at the end of the game having been in the lead from the first minute, this performance had earned Raiders two bonus points against one of the promotion favourites and showed that the team is developing well.
Bowers and Wilkins Man of the Match: John Dawe.
Team: 1 Jide Ajayi, 2 Will Gearing-Grief, 3 Dan Sargent, 4 Joe Spurgeon, 5 Jack Lake, 6 Kemp Price, 7 John Dawe, 8 James Redmayne – Captain, 9 Matt Walsh, 10 Jack Forrest, 11 Sam Hampson, 12 Max Coyle, 13 Kiba Richards, 14 Jack Maslen, 15 Kieran Leeming.
Replacements: 16 George Harris, 17 Grant Gatford, 18 Jon Whittall, 19 Sam Boyland, 20 Chris Double.
|A280, Angmering, Littlehampton BN16, UK|