Cinderford RFC v Worthing Raiders
3rd February 2018 K/O 2.30pm
Raiders travel west this Saturday to the ‘Forest of Dean’ to take on table topping Cinderford (‘The Forresters’) at their Beavis Memorial ground stronghold in Gloucestershire. In the fixture at Roundstone Lane last October Raiders put in a great display, eventually losing 27-29 to a converted try scored in the dying minutes.
Club History & Background stuff
Founded in 1886 they are the second oldest club in the county behind Gloucester. A prominent club at the time when coal mining was the main Industry, they returned to prominence in the 90s and until relegation in 2016 had spent 7 seasons at level 3, pitching the club in the top 40 in the country. Situated at the edge of ‘The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley’ it finds itself in an area of outstanding natural beauty bordering England and Wales. It is also a Rugby Union hot-bed.
Cinderford run 3 or 4 senior sides with youth, mini and girls rugby taking over on Sundays.
The club motto is ’The Pride of the Forest’ with a handsome Stag and Crown motif.
The club colours are Red, Black and Amber hoops, the alternative strip is Blue, Black and Green.
2013-14: Raiders 34 Cinderford 22 / Cinderford 32 Raiders 31 (National 1)
2016-17: Raiders 21 Cinderford 15 / Cinderford 53 Raiders 15
2017-18: Raiders 27 Cinderford 29
14/10/2017 Raiders 27 Cinderford 29
The Forresters made their third visit to Roundstone Lane, standing in third spot in the league after having lost their 100% record at Chinnor (20-31) the previous week. A backlash was expected, but any late arrivals were stunned to see the scoreboard at 10-0 with barely 5 minutes played. Raiders opened at pace with Jon Dawe bagging a brace of tries the first within seconds of the start. Both of the tries went unconverted. The visitors started to compose themselves and pulled back a converted try (Matt Lane) after 13 minutes. Raiders though, still had their tails up with flying winger Jack Maslen scoring in 22nd and 32nd minute to get the try bonus point in the bag. Jack Forrest converted both to take the home side into a 24-7 lead. Cinderford pressed for a score before the break and despite stoic defence the impressive Matt Lane once again got over the whitewash in the 36th minute. Oranges at 24-12. Early in the second half the sides exchanged penalty goals (27-15). The Forresters then started to bring their strong bench into play and quality possession allowed long serving centre Rob Winchle to cross for a converted try in the 54th minute (27-22). The visitors spent the next 23 minutes battering the Raiders line, but the defence held until fly-half Carwyn Penny (Gloucester Academy) glided over. The missable conversion was slotted by Liam Hemming to the joy of the Forresters. It would have been a memorable scalp, but a worthy and valuable 2 pointer.
Raiders: Leeming, Maslen, Richards, Coyle, Hampson, Forrest, Walsh, Ajaji, Grief, Sargent, Spurgeon, Lake, Price, Dawe, Redmayne.
Bench: Harris, Gatford, Whittall, Double, Boyland.
Cinderford: Moffat, Little, Winchle, Goatley, Bogue, Penny, Frame, Smart, Taylor, Brockett, Lemon, Shields, Lane, Hinkley, Hone.
Bench: Dallavalle, Porter, Broadby, Hemming, Williams.
Last season…7th W16 / D2 84 points
After relegation from level 3, The Foresters were more than likely targeting a swift return, but on reflection were probably content with this mid-table finish. They lost on their home turf to: Stortford, OEs, Titans, Chinnor and Redingensians. On the road they lost 7 matches with the result at Redruth standing out (54-11). James Moffat was top points scorer with 257 (3T/58C/42P). Reuben Norville and Sam Goatley both scored 7 tries. Skipper George Porter (LH Prop) featured in all the matches, with James Moffat starting in 29. Forwards Dale Lemon and Aaron Ryan featured in 28, along with experienced scrum-half Jimmy Williams.
The season so far……. P20…W19….TOP….95 points (out of a possible 100).
The only blot on this magnificent record was at the Beavis Memorial ground on 7th October when they lost to Chinnor (20-31). The crunch match was the return game with Chinnor last week which the Forresters won in reasonable comfort (14-26). A 4 try bonus point affair with Chinnor adding their 2nd try near the end. Other than an apocalypse, Cinderford are on the way back to level 3 after a 2 year re-grouping exercise. (At least Blaydon, Wharfedale and possibly Fylde will not feature on the away trips next season!). Apart from the Chinnor defeat they have managed a try bonus point in all the other fixtures and denied the opposition a losing bonus point in all encounters except Raiders and Rams (36-37). Indeed Raiders and Rams are the only teams to wrestle 2 points off them thus far. The result that stands out is the home annihilation of Henley Hawks (17-90). They have registered 111 tries so far. James Moffat is top points scorer with 160 points from his 13 appearances. Winger Reuben Norville leads the try scorers in the three-quarters with 15. Back rowers Harry Hone and Matt Lane are jostling with 15 and 14 respectively. Tight head prop and Captain George Porter has featured in all 20 matches, starting in 14. Collectively the front row including ‘benchers’ have only missed 6 fixtures between them.
The players used in recent fixtures are listed below along with a little further information as to their credentials.
The club has used 38 players so far to fulfill the fixtures.
This is another tough encounter for the Raiders squad, please try to make the trip to the ‘Forrest’ to offer your touchline encouragement to the boys… your support is greatly appreciated! It may be last fixture between the clubs for a while!
|Name/Age *Played 14th Oct||Apps 2017/8||Total App||Join||Points||Honours||Position: Prev Club/s & Apps *played v Raiders|
|James Moffat*(26)||13||58||2015||1T/43C/8P||Gloucestershire||Full Back/Fly Half: Loughborough Students* 7.|
|Stefan Hawley 28||8||87||2009||–||Full Back/Wing: Lydney|
|Reuben Norville (22)||19||37||2016||15T||Scotland U20||Wing: Redingensians* 5|
|Ed Bogue* (19)||11||11||2017||3T||England U18||Centre/Wing: Gloucester United|
|Terence Babarinsa (20)||18||22||2016||3T||Centre: Coney Hill, Gloucester U18|
|Rob Winchie* (28)||6/5R||153||2009||5T||Centre: Loughborough Students 4|
|Liam Hemming* (26)||17/1R||34||2016||8T/23C/2P||Gloucestershire||Fly Half: Old Centralians, Bracknell|
|Carwyn Penny* (19)||3/2R||5||2017||1T||Fly Half: Gloucester 1, Gloucester Utd|
|Clive Stuart-Smith (34) Coach||6/3R||60||2013||–||England U21 & 7s England Saxons||Scrum Half: Gloucester 24, Yorkshire Carnegie 15, Worcester 15, Scarlets 20, Chiefs 93, Esher 24, Hartpury22|
|Jimmy Williams* (28)||13/1R||51||2015||1C||Gloucestershire||SH: Gloucester, Lydney* 50, Birmingham & Solihull 44, Rotherham 50, Jersey 24, Plymouth 3.|
|Alex Frame* (24)||8/7R||89||2012||5T/4C/ 2P||Gloucestershire U20||Wing/Scrum Half: Cirencester College|
|George Porter* (c) 28||14/6R||52||2016||4T||England U18||LH Prop: Birmingham & Solihull 4, Lydney* 29, Plymouth 49, Worcester 41, Nottingham 18, Ealing 13, Matson.|
|Joe Smart* (30)||6/13R||130||2009||2T||Gloucestershire||Prop: Gloucester United|
|James Elliot (26)||9/9R||18||2017||1T||TH Prop: Old Centralians, Hull Ionians 8, Rotherham Titans 5, Moseley 26|
|Tim Brockett* (28)||11/8R||19||2017||5T||TH Prop: Dings*82, Bristol 2, Ealing 79, Hartpury 74|
|Nathan Taylor* (25)||18||18||2017||4T||England Students||Hooker: Hartpury 46, London Welsh, Henley* 12|
|Dale Lemon* (22)||17||47||2016||–||England Counties U20 Gloucestershire||Lock: Cheltenham, Bristol United|
|George Evans 31||16||233||2006||4T||Gloucestershire||Lock: Hartpury 14|
|Callum Allen (18)||1/2R||3||2017||–||Lock: Gloucester 2, Gloucester Utd|
|Matt Lane* (26)||15/4R||27||2014||14T||Gloucestershire||BS Wing Forward: Dings C 25, Bath Utd|
|Aaron Ryan (23)||11/4R||43||2015||4T||BS Wing Forward: Old Patesians|
|Lewis Beer||10/5R||15||2017||3T||Bath Singa 7s||OS Wing Forward: Cleve, Lydney*, London Scottish, Bath Utd|
|Will Keenan (28)||0/1R||36||20132016||–||OS Wing Forward: Preston Grasshoppers 31, Moseley 15|
|Harry Hone* (24)||16/2R||18||2017||15T||No 8: Avonmouth OB, Moseley 62|