Peter Gavin previews Cinderford v Worthing Raiders

MATCH 21  

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.

Previous fixtures

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
Sam Baker 1/1R 18 2013   Hooker:
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 Bennett 0/6R 6 2017   Lock:
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