Peter Gavin previews Old Redcliffians v Worthing Raiders


Old Redcliffians RFC v Worthing Raiders

8th December 2018

Kick-off 2pm                                                                                                     

Raiders hit the road again this Saturday heading South-West to take on Old Redcliffians at their Scotland Lane base in Brislington, Bristol. This will Raiders’ second visit to ‘Old Reds’, we were down there last April and in tight match eventually lost 37-31.

History & Background stuff.

The club was founded in 1918 (a couple of years before ourselves) to cater for the former pupils of Redcliffe Boys School. The founders were former pupils returning from WW1. From the outset the club had an open door policy and was not exclusively for old boys. The home fixtures were played at the School ground, Daventry Road, in Knowle until 1968 when the fields were developed into school buildings. At that time the club moved to the present site in Scotland Lane. The original school was founded in 1571, although it merged with Temple Colston’s school in 1969, creating the co-educational St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School.

The rugby club was successful in the pre-professional days with probably their ‘purple patch’ on the playing front occurring during the early 1980s. They won the prestigious Bristol Combination Cup as well as the Somerset Senior Cup a couple of times during this period. The latter trophy gained the club entry into the National ‘John Player’ Cup competition. Once official leagues were introduced the club settled in Somerset Premier (L8), eventually gaining promotions (and the occasional relegation) within the Regional leagues. In 2016-17 they were Champions of the South West Region thereby gaining promotion to National 2 South.

The club won the National Intermediate Cup in 2009-10, the final being held at Twickenham.

ORs turn out 3 senior sides on Saturdays with Junior and Mini rugby taking over on Sundays. Old Redcliffians is a proper community club, like ourselves, and rightly takes great pride in the success of their junior section, with many participants graduating through to the senior teams.

British Lion prop forward the great Gareth Chilcott (Bath) and up and coming young prop Ellis Genge (now with Leicester Lions) both emerged via their junior section.

Club Colours: Red and Black hooped jerseys, red shorts & stockings.

Links with Worthing

Cup match

‘Old Reds’ first visited Roundstone Lane on 3rd December 1983 for a 2nd round John Player National Cup encounter. This cup competition was the major trophy event for County cup winners in the ‘Amateur days’. It was a stepping stone to possibly drawing a match against a ‘Giant’ of the game and for a bumper home gate or a share of the gate at a major venue. The ‘top’ sides joined the draw at the 3rd round stage. A ‘Recce’ party visited Bristol a week before the match, but generally not a lot was known about Old Reds amongst the Worthing contingent. The general view was that they were a good side with a very strong set of forwards. Would home advantage give the Sussex team the edge? Recollections of the day are a little scant, but a certain ex Bristol captain and legend Mike Fry had fine afternoon at tight head and the home side received a scrummaging lesson. Spring heeled lock forward Derek Barry (Bath, 118 apps) dominated possession from the line-out. ‘Without the ball and all that’….. saw ORs run out victorious (6-25…HT 0-15). (Nb: Try 4 points)


Coulson C, Forrest J, O’Connor M, Stappers L(capt), Baker S, Coackley P, Clarke T, Baker P, Grantham-Hill N, Hornby R, Vincent B, Herbert P, Stoner S, Bateman L, Lamprey C.

Reps: Matthews D, Purdy S.


Try: Stappers (70 mins),

Con: Coakley.

 Old Reds: Gaddes M, Jones G, Lancastle S, Woodward T, Palmer A, King G, Haigh P, Short N, Cotton M, Fry M (capt), Barry D, De’Scossa N, Wheatley J, Excell S, Taylor P. Reps: (from) Yandell R, Bond P, Luker G, Greenway P.


Tries: Lancastle (39 mins), Palmer (60 mins), Excell (72 mins)

Con: Gaddes (39 mins & 60 mins)

Pen: Gaddes (1 min & 40 mins).

2nd December 2017 Worthing Raiders 40 Old Redcliffians 34

An exciting fixture with honours going to Raiders, although the visitors would have been pleased with the two bonus point haul.


Maslen, Tomlinson, Richards, Forrest J, Hampson, McLean, Boyland, Ayaji, Luke, Litterick, Spurgeon, Lake, Price, Dawe, Perkins.

Bench: Grief, Sargent, Redmayne, Whittall, Peach.

Tries: Maslen 2 mins, 28 mins, 40 mins, McLean 34 mins, Hampson 42 mins, Forrest 68 mins.

Con: McLean x 5.

Old Reds:

Owen, Bird, Smith R, Gervais, Jones, Groves, Wiltshire, Harvey, Parsons, Caulfield, Hodge, Fry, Coster, Hewick, Doyle.

Bench: Joseph, Ward, Talbot, FryB, Caven.

Tries: Doyle 9 mins, 79 mins, Smith R 38 mins, Gervais 67 mins.

Con: Groves x 4.

Pen: Groves 6 mins, 17 mins.

7th April 2018 Old Redcliffians 37 Worthing Raiders 31

Another exciting match with the Old Reds taking the honours this time on home turf. Raiders probably content in the end with 2 bonus points. Overall, the teams shared the league points 7-7.

Old Reds:

Owen, Bird, Gervais, Jones, SmithR, Hill, Wiltshire, Harvey, Ward, McGrath, Hodge, Talbot, Fry D, Parsons, Doyle.

Bench: Joseph, Coster, Pursall, SmithS, Groves.

Raiders: Walsh, Maslen, Sims, McIlwaine, McLean, ForrestJ, Boyland, Cook, Luke, Ajayi, Spurgeon, Lake, Price, Harris, Perkins.

Bench: Grief, Gatford, Redmayne, Miller, Sanderson.

Last season….P30 – W10/ D2 ….58 points (12th)       

Old Reds spent much of the season in relegation territory but came through in the end sealing matters in the last fixture against Redruth (34-12). They eventually finished one point ahead of LIWG and three points above Barnstaple who were relegated. Whilst the Redruth result may have been vital, the wins against Bury St Edmund (19-14), Clifton (34-0), Tonbridge Juddians (14-10) and Raiders were important along the way. They also acquired 18 bonus points.  Ashley Groves led the way on points (97) with flying winger Henry Bird landing 13 tries, Ethan Doyle matching him from No 8. Danny Hodge featured in every fixture, fellow lock Corey Talbot missing just one. In all seventeen players featured in 20 matches or more, with a total 40 different players used to fulfil the fixtures

This season so far……P13 – W2…13th (18 points)   (Raiders 10th 30 points)

Once again not the start that they would have wanted. The wins have been against LIWG (15-35) and Guernsey (51-17) They have also had close encounters with Birmingham & Solihull (42-38), Bury St Edmunds (31-35), Barnes (17-10) and Tonbridge Juddians (29-27). Last week they lost to Titans (49-17), looking good at half time 14-17, but Titans took over in the second period, scoring 3 tries in a five-minute burst. Redruth next week to complete the first cycle of fixtures. They have scored ten bonus points, evenly spaced between losing bonus points and four tries bonus points.

The players

As usual a list of players used against Taunton along with a few more used in recent matches is provided below, along with a little more detail as to their credentials. Most of the players played last term, although wing Edmund Boxall has returned after University. He played for Broadstreet against Raiders last season. He is an Old Boy of the School. Jermaine Jones (centre) and Corey Talbot (lock) have started in all the matches so far. Henry Bird (wing) leads the way with 11 tries, Keiran Hill is on 81points.  Ex Raider Sam Hewick who moved to Old Reds last season has not featured for them so far this season as work as a teacher has intervened!


As usual this fixture has all the makings of an exciting encounter…try and get along to Bristol to support the boys and hopefully watch another great game.

C’Mon Raiders!!!

Name  &  Age *Played v Raiders Apps 2018-9 Total N2Apps Joined Points Honours Position / Previous Club/s & Appearances *played v Raiders
Team v Titans        1st Dec           LOST 49-17
Henry Bird* (29) 12 35 2014 11T   Full Back: Cinderford 3, Bristol 7s.
James Clements (25) 4/1R 18 2012 3T   Full Back/Wing: Old Reds Youth, Bristol Comb U20
Christian Gervais* (28) 10 34 2016   Glos Centre: Ding’s*56, Taunton*71.
Jermaine Jones* (26) 13 38 2017 2T   Centre: Hornets RFC
Edmund Boxall (22) 12 12 2018 4T Warwicks Wing: Broadstreet*30, Warwick University, Leamington Spa
Kieran Hill* (21) 9/3R 25 2018 1T/23C/10P   Fly Half: Taunton Titans 3
Dominic Sprague (18) 4/7R 11 2018 1T   Scrum Half: Old Reds  Youth
Alex Harvey* (21) 11 33 2016   Bristol U18 LH Prop: Old Reds Youth, Bristol United
Keiran Ward* (22) 11/1R 41 2017 2T Somerset Hooker: Hornets, Old Patesians, Keynsham
Jake Caulfield* (25) 10/2R 30 2017   Ire U20 Prop: Clifton 22, Ulster 1, Esher*4, Cinderford 15, Coventry, Taunton*44,
Chris Pursall* (25) 12/1R 18 2014 5T Glos    SW U20 Lock: Bristol United
Corey Talbot* (23) 13 41 2016     Lock: Keynsham
Scott Parsons* (21) 4 32 2016   Bristol U18 Hooker: Old Red Youth, Bristol United
Scott Coster* (27) 3 12 2011 1T Somerset Wing Forward:
Dan Fry* (30) 12 37 2011 1T Somerset BS Wing Forward: Cinderford10, Weston-s-Mare 28
James Foss (30) 1/6R 28 2016     Lock/Wing Forward: UWIC, Avonmouth Old Boys, St Mary’s Old Boys
Jack O’Malley (20) 4/3R 12 2018 1T   Wing Forward: Hornets
Ben Fry* 0/1R 16 2017     Scrum Half: Hornets
Ellis Joseph* (21) 3/7R 39 2016     TH Prop: Old Reds Youth,
Aaron Rice (27) 0/2R 4 2018     Centre: Clevedon
Played Recently         Last played  
Craig Owen* (33) 7/1R 28 2014 1T 24th Nov Full Back:
Kiyan Wiltshire* (19) 8/1R 35 2017   24th Nov Scrum Half: Bristol Saracens
Ben Gompels 1/2R 3 2018   24th Nov Hooker: Clifton*4, Bristol 6
Batsirai Zindi 6/4R 10 2018   24th Nov Wing Forward:
Ethan Doyle* (28) 8 34 2014   17th Nov No8: Ebbw Vale, Newbridge, Newport Sar
Ashley Groves* (26) 6/5R 32 2013 7C2P 17th Nov Somerset Fly Half: Bristol Harlequins, Bristol Comb U20
George Kloska (19) 1/7R 8 2018   17th Nov Hooker: Bristol Academy
Ezra Caven* (20) 3 17 2016 2T 29th Sept Bristol 7s & U18 Wing: Old Reds Youth, SGS Filton
Craig McGrath (35) 2/1R 22 2016   27th Oct Prop: Clifton 4, Bristol 15, Bridgwater* 26, Newbury 26, London Scots 18, Barking 5, Rosslyn Park 16.