Match report by Martin Maslen
The traveling supporters arrived at a wet, drizzly and grey Chinnor RFC with high expectations and fingers crossed in hope of seeing the Raiders pick up a bonus point.
This was always going to be a tough ask from the lads, earlier in the season we lost 14-45.
There were a number of changes from the published team with Liam Perkins and Joe Spurgeon out with injuries. Jack Forrest was off sick so Max Coyle had already been named in the centre.
Jamie Redmayne started at No 8 and Michael Dingle was called up to replace Joe in the second row. Good to see Michael back after his sixth minute injury at Redingensians. Jack Lee came on to the bench.
This was a game of two time periods. The first fifty minutes saw the Raiders competing well with good defence, attack and line speed. The final thirty minutes saw Chinnor use their strong bench to great advantage and step up a gear or two.
The whistle blew for the start of the match and both sides were moving the ball well in wet conditions. Chinnor scored first after seven minutes and the try was duly converted, 7-0. From the restart Raiders were controlling the ball and game well which ended up with a jinking run and dive for the corner from Jack Maslen, new corner flag required. Matt was unable to convert, 7-5 after sixteen minutes.
Chinnor restarted and once they had recovered the ball, they were able to score from a move which saw their no. 12 dive over. The conversion was successful, 14-5 after twenty one minutes. The rest of the half saw Raiders playing some excellent defensive and attacking rugby going in to the break trailing by just nine points.
Half Time score: 14-5
The second half started at a frantic pace from Raiders and saw them pushing Chinnor further and further back in to their half. This sustained pressure eventually told and from a well-executed rolling maul Michael Dingle emerged from under a pile of bodies having touched down over the try line. The conversion was unsuccessful, 14-10 after forty eight minutes.
This would appear to have been the stick that poked the wasps nest, Chinnor changed their scrum half, number 4 and inside centre (the outside centre had already been changed) and proceeded to play at a much higher tempo.
Chinnor went on to score another six tries in twenty six minutes and coverted three. Raiders fought on to the final whistle but were unable to put any more points on the board.
Final score: Chinnor 50 Worthing Raiders 10
Great effort from all the Raiders on a difficult day against an opposition pushing for promotion this season.
Referee: Shane Lewis
Tries: Jack Maslen, Michael Dingle
15. David McIlwaine 14. Jack Maslen 13. Kiba Richards 12. Max Coyle 11. Sam Hampson 10. Matt McLean 9. Matt Walsh 1. George Head 2. Elliott Luke 3. Rhys Litterick 4. Michael Dingle 5. Jack Lake 6. Kemp Price 7. Jon Whittall 8. Jamie Redmayne
16. Will Grief 17. Grant Gatford 18. George Harris 19. Jack Lee 20. Sam Boyland