Peter Gavin previews Broadstreet v Worthing Raiders


Broadstreet RFC v Worthing Raiders

10th March 2018 Kick-off 2.30pm

Raiders hit the road this week heading to Coventry to take on Broadstreet RFC. This will be their first visit to Broadstreet, although Raiders have played league Rugby before in this ‘rugby stronghold’ when they took on the mighty ‘Cov’ when Raiders had a year at level 3. (We lost up there (47-7), but glory at home (39-12 !!!)

Broadstreet visited Roundstone Lane last November, Raiders winning the encounter 42-14.

Broadstreet RFC History & Background stuff.

The club was founded in 1929 and was originally Broad Street Old Boys formed by past students of Broad Street School. Coventry has always been a hot-bed for rugby union and a number of schoolboy internationals learnt the game at the school. Three senior internationals (Ivor Preece, Phil Judd, both future England captains and Ernie Robinson) also passed through the school and the club on their way to England via Coventry RFC. The club started up, like Worthing, using the  proverbial Farmer’s field (at Bedlam Lane) and no doubt local hostelries for post match discussions. After the Second World War the club rented various grounds until a site in Henley Road was purchased, the clubhouse was officially opened in 1955. The club expanded and by 1970 the pitches were sold and the club relocated to Brandon Road. The clubhouse and ground were officially opened in 1973. It was named the Ivor Preece Field in honour of Ivor who was club President at the time. The clubhouse at Henley Road was retained as a thriving social club. Once again the club outgrew these facilities and a move was recently made to a ground at Binley Woods, the new ‘Ivor Preece Field’. (Persimmon Homes were heavily involved with both the moves.) The 46 acre facility encompasses a modern clubhouse, 250 seater stand, five senior pitches (2 floodlit), mini and junior pitches. It is hinted that the club has the best facilities in the country. The club turns out 3 or 4 senior sides every Saturday, along with colts’ rugby and the usual U7-U17 teams.

A proper Community Club like ourselves. There are strong links with Wasps who presently use the club for training following their move to Coventry a couple of seasons ago.

Club Colours: Red with green trim or Green with red trim. The club crest portrays a bear, a red rose and an elephant (for strength).

League history

Broadstreet, over the last 10 seasons or so, have moved between National League 2 North (L4) and what is now known as Midlands Premier (L5), although they did made a brief visitation to Midland 2 West (L6). They first reached level 4 in 2002/3 although that was only for one season. They made level 4 again in 2009/10 only to be relegated again. Season 2014-15 saw them back at level 4, this time putting in a very respectable showing finishing 7th with 17 wins. Alas, the following season brought a return to level 5. They bounced straight back last season being promoted as champions. Normally they would have featured in National 2 North this season, but to balance up the number of teams in the leagues they were ‘level transferred’ to ‘the South’.

Last season W20/D1/L5…. Champions           

A successful season saw them shake of relegation by bouncing straight back, but their season did not ignite from the off. After 7 matches they had already lost 5 and even the most optimistic supporter would not have had promotion thoughts. A fantastic run saw wins all the way (apart from a 17-17 with Peterborough) for them to secure the Champs tag over Sheffield by 2points.

11th November 2017 Worthing Raiders 42 Broadstreet 14 (match 11)

Broadstreet, making their first ever visit to Roundstone Lane, were in 14th spot in the league on 8 points (1 win against LIWG), Raiders were in 11th with 20 points. Raiders got the ideal start with Kemp Price showing his pace to cross for the opening score inside 3 minutes. Matt McLean added the extras. Speedy winger Sam Hampson galloped in for a brace (13m & 31m-one converted), although Chris Idehen pulled one back for the visitors (converted by Hodgson). A penalty from Matt McLean saw oranges at 22-7. Jack Maslen grabbed the bonus point score in the 51st minute, 27-7. Live wire scrum half Nick Thatcher broke through in the 65th minute (with Cliffie Hodgson again on target), to bring ‘Street back into it, but the home side elected for the  points at a penalty for trusty Matt to take the score to 30-14. With the visitors pressing for another score the match was taken away from them with Jack Forrest adding 2 tries in the last few minutes.

Raiders: Leeming, Maslen, Richards, Forrest J, Hampson, McLean, Walsh, Ajayi, Luke, Litterick, Spurgeon, Lake, Price, Dawe, Redmayne.

Bench: Gearing-Grief, Adams, Cleveland, Whittall, Boyland.

Broadstreet: Glasse, Glover, O’Neill, MacBurnie, Truslove S, Hodgson, Thatcher, Dodd jake, Harcourt, Hanley, Moreton, Rhodes, Snowden, Idehen, Gibbons.

Bench: Truslove L, Walsh, O’Brien, Robinson, Cregg.

The season so far……P23/W4…16th ….25 points    (Raiders 9th…58 points)

A difficult situation with a need to get Ws from most of the remaining fixtures, including Old Redcliffians and Wimbledon (both at Ivor Preece ground). Barnstaple and Redruth both away stand out as tricky assignments. Broadstreet would seem to have a spell over LIWG having beaten them earlier in the season in an unlikely scoring match (53-40), they also came away with the spoils at Sunbury. A score-line of (0-34) sent most scribes to check the wires, a win away was great but to NIL high scoring ‘Geese’ on their own patch……Their other wins have been at Wimbledon (24-30) and at home to Canterbury (12-7). From the other results so far the effort at Chinnor on 10th Feb stands out (25-17). On the face of it another 5 points to zero, but Chinnor deprived ‘Street a bonus point with a penalty goal in the last play. In addition, from the photographic evidence, they were also deprived a bonus point ‘try’ scored by Morgan Dawes under the posts.

The players

As usual a list of players used in the last match (3-36) against top of the table Cinderford is provided along with a little further detail as to their credentials. Also listed are a few more players who have been used in recent fixtures. The club has used 50 different players so far.

The half back combination of long serving scrum-half Nick Thatcher and South African fly half Cliffie Hodgson,(who has moved from Coventry where he was a prolific points scorer) has prevailed most weeks. In the forwards James Moreton and Tony Worthington have been in the boiler house regularly although both were absent for the Cinderford fixture. George Walsh has featured in most of the matches at loose head. Morgan Dawes (No8) who was at the Birmingham Moseley Academy and has been in NZ with North Otago has been involved in most of the fixtures since joining in January.


At this point I try my best to entice my reader to come along to give touchline support to the boys and that invitation still stands… especially to soak up the atmosphere at a location we have not visited before….but….you will now know that for this Saturday and for the rest of the away fixtures this season, the proceedings will be screened live to the ‘Castle Bar’ at Roundstone Lane…….Details have been sent to all members so pass the word!!!


Let’s try and get 100+ on the touchline and 400+ shouting at a screen!


C’Mon Raiders!!!

Name (Age)      * Played v Raiders 11/11  Apps 2017/8                    N2 Apps Join Points Honours Position  Prev Club/s apps                       * Played v Raiders
Team v Cinderford         Played 17th Feb  
Ben Cooper (23) 1 23 2014 2018  Scotland U20 Full Back: Nuneaton, Leeds Carnegie, Otley 17, Coventry
Harry Hudson (25) 3/1R 4 2018   Wing: Leicester Lions 13, Otley 67, Barnes 10
Andrew Murray (26) 20/1R 77 2013 8T Warwickshire Centre: Nuneaton 26, Coventry 34
Connor Eastgate (20) 4/1R 5 2017 1T Scotland U20 (7) Centre: Hinckley 10, Wasps 3, Aylesbury, Henley College
Josh Hickman (23) 2/2R 4 2017   Wing: Kenilworth
Cliffie Hodgson* (28) 17/1R 20 2015 25C/ 9P/ 2DG 1000+ pts for Coventry Fly Half: Rotherham 50, Coventry*109, University of SA
Nick Thatcher* (33) 21/1R 125 2004 10T/ 1C   Scrum Half: ex-captain,
George Walsh* (25) 14/6R 40 2015 3T Warwickshire LH Prop:
Sam Harcourt* (22) 11/5R 16 2016 Warwickshire Hooker:
Jake Dodd* (27) 11/5R 42 2014 2T   TH Prop:
Chris Zutic (27) 8/1R 14 2016 Warwickshire Lock: South Leicester 21, Kenilworth, Earlsdon
Simon Morris 1 89 2005   Lock: Barker Butts
Christopher Idehen* (27) 15/3R 39 2015 1T   OS Wing Forward: Stockport, Loughborough
James Seabrook (18) 12 12 2017 4T   BS Wing Forward: Wasps Academy, Amersham & Chiltern
Morgan Dawes (21) 5/1R 6 2017 2T   No 8: Birmingham Moseley, North Otago NZ,
Luke Truslove* (30) 11/6R 49 2007   Hooker:
Mike Worthington (29) 4/5R 39 2015 1T  Warwickshire Back Row: Sutton Coldfield
Chris Dodd N/U       Prop:
Edmund Boxall (21) 10/3R 13 2016  Warwickshire Wing: Leamington Spa
Dale Glover* (23) 9/3R 12 2016 2T /2C   Full Back: Leamington Spa
Played Recently         Last played  
Dan Glasse* (19) 8/2R 10 2017 1T/3C/1P 3/2 Full Back: Nottingham, Lutterworth
Oliver Cregg* 1/6R 7 2017 10/2 Wing: San Diego University, Southam
Tom Walker 8 8 2016 3T Warwickshire England Deaf 3/2 Wing:
Nyle Beckett (27) 11 11 2016 3T Warwickshire 10/2 Wing: Kenilworth, Birmingham & Solihull
Callum McBurnie* 28 8 9 2016 1T 20/1 Centre: Moseley 42, Coventry*78
Ben Ritchie 2/1R 3 2018 1T 3/2 TH Prop:
Philip Ackuaku 1 1 2018 1T 10/2  Loan from Chinnor LH Prop: Nottingham Academy, Leicester Lion, Chinnor
Tony Worthington 34 14 14 2016 10/2 Lock:
James Moreton* (22) 19/3R 22 2017 1T Warwickshire 10/2 Lock: Nuneton, Wasps A
Ben Dawes 2 15 2009 10/2 No8/Prop: Bloxwich, Coventry University, Coventry, Newbold on Avon
Jack Gibbons* (28) 15/3R 64 2014 1T 27/1 No 8: Richmond 4, Coventry,  Leicester Lions 89