Worthing Raiders vs Wimbledon



Worthing Raiders55135Win


Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
23/12/2017 2:00 pm National Division Two South 2017-2018 Saturday 80'

KO KO 22 23 26 27 31 31 32 34 35 36 39 40 45 46 50 51 58 63 63 63 64 69 70 72 FT

Worthing Raiders

# Player Position Red Card Yellow Card T C P DG
1Jide Ajayi 17Prop000000
2Will Gearing-Grief 16Hooker000000
3Rhys LitterickProp000000
4Joe Spurgeon 18Lock000000
5Jamie RedmayneBack Row000000
6Kemp PriceBack Row01 (72')0000
7Jon Whittall 19Back Row001 (26')000
8Liam PerkinsBack Row000000
9Matt WalshScrum-Half000000
10Matt McLeanCentre001 (50')5 (23', 27', 36', 40', 51')00
11Kieran TomlinsonCentre000000
12Jack Forrest Centre000000
13Kiba RichardsCentre002 (22', 35')000
14Jack MaslenFull-Back000000
15Max Coyle 20Centre000000
16Elliott Luke 2Hooker000000
17George Head 1Prop001 (39')000
18Michael Dingle 4Lock000000
19John Dawe 7Back Row000000
20Sam Boyland 15Scrum-Half000000
 Total 015500

Raiders Assistant Coach: Ben Coulson
Raiders Head Coach: Jody Levett
Raiders Chairman: David Hinchliffe


# Player Position Red Card Yellow Card T C P DG
Oliver Smith-001 (45')000
Benjamin Brooks-000000
Joshua Bayford-000000
Dylan Flashman-001 (69')000
Alexander Campbell-000000
Niall MacSweeney-000000
Dominic Rice-000000
Kane Alboni-000000
Rhys Morgan-000000
William Taylor-0004 (32', 46', 64', 70')00
Joshua Charles-000000
Leighton Bellamore-000000
Noah Cato-001 (31')000
Sam Waltier-000000
Daniel Cheers-000000
Sam Gratton-000000
Bradley Ugodulunwa-000000
Stephen May-001 (63')000
Shawn Renwick-000000
Lee Reilly-000000
 Total 004400
Red Card
Yellow Card


For the final game of 2017 Raiders entertained Wimbledon on their first visit to Roundstone Lane since promotion to National League Two South.

Raiders had Max Coyle, George Head and Kieran Tomlinson returning to the squad for this fixture that marks the start of the second half of the season.

On a dark, damp but mild afternoon another crowd of around 450 were hoping for an entertaining match to start the festive period. Despite their position in the league the visitors have shown improving form over recent weeks and Raiders knew this would be another difficult match in this very competitive league.

Jack Forrest kicked off for the home side as they attacked the southern end of the ground in the first half.

Early exchanges were scrappy, both sides guilty of making errors at vital points when on attack. The first quarter of the match remained scoreless.

As the game moved into the second quarter Max Coyle chipped ahead down the right wing, the bounce was not in his favour as the visitors managed to tidy up near their try line. The resulting clearance gave Raiders a line out on the twenty two metre line. The home side executed a good catch and drive and then moved the ball into centre field where Kiba Richards cut a great line to crash through the defence and score under the posts. Matt McLean converted to give the home side a 7 – 0 lead.

Within a couple of minutes the home side were on the scoreboard again. A typical marauding run by skipper Liam Perkins led to a penalty for Raiders. The decision was taken to put the ball into touch and keep Wimbledon deep in their 22 metre area. From the lineout Raiders used the catch and drive to go over the line for their second try, Jon Whittall being the scorer. Matt McLean converted from wide on the right to make the score 14-0 after twenty seven minutes.

Almost from the restart Wimbledon closed the gap to 14-7 with a converted try.

With seven minutes left to half time the home side had a scrum just inside the Wimbledon half, the ball was moved quickly to Jack Forrest who made a clean break of some forty metres before being stopped just short of the try line. From the ruck the ball was quickly recycled and Kiba Richards touched down for his second try of the day and again Matt McLean added the extras. (21-7)

As the clock edged towards the forty minute mark Raiders again kicked a penalty into the corner and won the ensuing lineout. After many close quarter phases of play George Head scored the fourth and bonus point try with Matt McLean making it a seven pointer.

Half time score: Raiders 28 Wimbledon 7

Raiders wanted a good start to the second half, but didn’t get it as the visitors scored a converted try within two minutes. (28-14)

From the restart the home side were quickly back on the attack and deep in Wimbledon territory. From a penalty close to the try line Matt Walsh took a quick tap and was held up short. The ball went through several phases until being held up over the try line. This gave the home side a scrum with a big blind side which they exploited to put Matt McLean in near the corner. Matt converted from the touchline to stretch the lead to 35-14.

Wimbledon fought back well and were helped by the indiscipline of the home side who gave away needless penalties. This gave the visitors the chance to play in the right areas of the pitch and their constant pressure at this time was rewarded with two converted tries. (35-28)

With just under ten minutes to play and Kemp Price yellow carded it was all hands to the pumps to maintain the lead to the final whistle. Raiders kept the ball in play for nearly three minutes until the clock reached full time and Matt Walsh was able to kick the ball out of play to end the game.

This was another game that reached a point where the home side looked set for a comfortable win but instead ended up with another nail biting final few minutes. However another good bonus point win to end the year and see Raiders on 46 points and eighth in the table.

The festive crowd was again in great voice and as always much appreciated by the players.



Roundstone Lane
A280, Angmering, Littlehampton BN16, UK