Peter Gavin previews Redruth v Worthing Raiders

MATCH 18                                                                                                                                                                            

Redruth RFC v Worthing Raiders

11th January 2020 Kick off….2pm

Last week Raiders travelled to Somerset, this Saturday Raiders head off to Cornwall, the longest journey of the season to take on our old friends and adversaries Redruth RFC. This will be our 8th visit to the ‘Rec’ for a National league fixture. Last season, for the first time, we came away victorious 17-28. Redruth visited Roundstone Lane way back in September for the 3rd fixture of the season and returned to ‘The Duchy’ with the spoils (19-30).

 Background stuff

Redruth RFC was founded way back in 1875, the same year as a number of other clubs in the region including Taunton and Plymouth. The club’s centenary tome can be viewed on-line.

A number of international players have represented the club, Richard Sharp a dashing outside half, who gained 14 caps for England and 2 for the Lions in the 60s, is probably the most famous. He scored a memorable try against Scotland in 1963. (It’s on You-tube!)

The ‘Lamb and Flag’ emblem is used by Redruth Council as well as the Rugby club. The mark was originally used on ingots within the extensive tin industry of which Redruth was at the centre.

The Rugby club is at the heart of the Town and was considered the top Cornish side for most of the last century. The move to the Recreation Ground in the 1930s provided a facility for 12,000 spectators (600 seated) and at the time was the third largest rugby ground in England.

Fixtures against touring sides were staged. The ‘All Blacks’ played South Western Counties there in January 1973 winning 7-30. ‘Hell-Fire Corner’ must have been electric!

Rugby is a way of life to many in Cornwall, especially when Trelawny’s Army get on the march to support the ‘Black and Gold’. An unbelievable 17 charabancs (1500+ crowd!) turned up at Worthing in April 1999 for a county match against Sussex.

The Cornwall County team won the Bill Beaumont County Championship Trophy once again in 2019 beating Cheshire 14-12 at Twickers. There were 11 Redruth players in the Cornwall squad (Matt Shepherd slotting the conversion to win the game in injury time.).

‘The Reds’ have been in the National League since the system started. Promoted to level 3 in 2005, despite travelling the length and breadth of the country, they remained at that level until 2011.

Last season   W13 L16 D1……….69 points (7th) …..Mid-table safety!… (Raiders 9th 68 points)

Redruth finished 1 point behind Clifton in the very crowded mid-table section of the league…merely 4 points separating the 6 clubs in this congested area. ‘The Reds’ got off to good start only losing one match (to Raiders) out of the first seven, including handy wins against Taunton (29-27) & soon to be promoted Canterbury (14-10). They then hit a bit of a bad patch returning only a draw with Bury St Edmunds (20 a-piece) and a win at Barnes (12-14) from the next 10 fixtures. Wins at ‘The Rec’ against Guernsey (32-5), Birmingham & Solihull (29-25) and Old Albanian (33-15) pretty much ensured they avoided any mention of the R word.

 Jack Simmons and Sam Stevens both made 27 appearances with Richard Brown on 26. Aaron Simmonds and Richie Kevern shared kicking duties scoring 108 & 91 respectively. Jack Simmons was leading try scorer with 12, Dean Bonds got 10.

Fixtures with Raiders over the years…..

Worthing visited Redruth in the cup, 1988 & 2004, the home side progressing on both occasions.

The record for the League encounters so far is:

2011-12  W 27 – R 25 R 37 – W 22 League positions Worthing 3rd Redruth 6th
2012-13  W 27 – R 26 R 26 – W 22 Worthing 2nd Redruth 4th

Worthing promoted to level 3 after play-off.

2014-15  W 12 – R 10 R 22 – W 17 Worthing 5th Redruth 7th
2015-16  W 8 – R 10 R 24 – W 16 Worthing 11th Redruth 4th
2016-17   W 27 – R 29 R 33 – W 29 Worthing  12th Redruth 5th
2017-18   W 46 – R 43 R 20 – W 19 Worthing 7th Redruth 5th
2018-19  W 68 – R 21 R 17 – W 28 Worthing 9th Redruth 7th
2019-20  W 19 – R 30

(Redruth edge back into a series lead 8-7)

 28th September 2019 Worthing Raiders 19 Redruth 30

Raiders’ faithful often fancy a ‘W’ on home turf against our Cornish visitors, but a determined display in the first half probably accounted for the spoils heading South West. Fine, sunny conditions with a very brisk South Westerly greeted the sides and a decent crowd of 400+. The visitors had first use of the wind and were on the board with a try and a penalty within 10 minutes or so. Much of the play took place in the Raiders half, with defencing kicking not a great option in the face of the wind. The visitors added another try and penalty goal to their tally, with oranges at 0-16. Was this enough in the conditions? If anything the wind dropped a tad for the second period, but Raiders still made good use of the conditions for the score-line to read 19-23 with 10 minutes left. Unfortunately a bit of a muddle at a lineout rather gifted Redruth a try near the posts, and despite best efforts ‘The Reds’ played keep ball pretty well for the rest of the match.

Raiders: McIlwaine, Forrest H, Forrest J, Gwyther, Anscombe, McLean, Boyland, Gatford, Luke, Litterick, Barlow, Lee, Grief, Holmes, Richards.

Bench: Gibson, Cook, Lake, Maguire, Cade.

Tries: McLean (52m), Grief (58m), Forrest H (68m)

C:  McLean x 2

Redruth: Simmonds, Shepherd, Simmons, Gilbert, Bonds, Honey, Oulton, Tompsett, Brown, Williams, Prisk T, Heazelton, Fox, Grubb, Howe,

Bench: Phillips, Brassington, Prisk J, Taylor, Stacey.

Tries: Simmonds (6m), Shepherd (33m), Prisk T (62m), Bonds (74m)

C: Honey x 2

P: Honey x 2.

So far this season…..P17 W12 D1….4th …. 58 points…. Going Well. (Raiders 7th…48 points)

They have lost only 4 matches so far, with 2 of the losses occurring in the first 3 fixtures! (Titans (29-12) and Barnes 10-12). The other defeats were at TJs (13-7) and on 24th November at Westcliff (24-19). The draw was at Henley (20-20). Apart from the early season blip against Barnes ‘The Rec’ form has been solid.

Last Saturday they had a tricky revenge visit to Barnes, but came away victorious (17-26), the boot of Mr Honey providing 16 of the points.

The players……….

As usual a list of players used in their last fixture against Barnes, along with a few more players used in previous matches, is provided, together with detail on their credentials. Most of the players used are well known to Raiders from previous encounters. In the Barnes match former Redruth forward Jake Clemson returned to the boiler house even though he is getting time on the pitch with Cornish Pirates. Another newcomer is Jordan Gott who made his debut at Barnes off the bench. He has played 30+ times for Plymouth Albion, usually at full back. (He has a 2-year posting at RNAS Culdrose.)


Another interesting fixture awaits the Raiders as they strive to match last season’s victory at ‘The Rec’.

Your support in Cornwall would be greatly appreciated….’Hell fire Corner’ is well worth a visit.

This fixture could be extra interesting as Reds former players are planning to meet up this weekend for a re-union…over 100 are expected! This can only add further spice to the occasion.

Please try to get along to add your touchline support it is much appreciated by the players…(What can beat a weekend in Cornwall!?).


DON’T FORGET IT’S a 2pm kick-off


Name/Age      *played v Raiders 28th Sept 2019 Apps 2019-20 Total Apps Join Points Honours         Position/Previous Clubs           *previously played v Raiders
Team v Barnes 4th January 2020 WON 17-26
Matt Shepherd* (29) 15 19 2011 2019 7T/5P/ 2C Eng Counties


Full Back: Plymouth Albion 114
Lewis Vinnicombe (35) 12 268 2002 1T Eng Counties


Wing: Helston, Pirates 29, Camborne    119 tries for Redruth
Jack Simmons* (23) 16/1R 67 2017 2T Cornwall Centre: Drybrook, Camborne
Connor Gilbert* (21) 12/3R 60 2017 2T Cornwall Centre: Redruth Youth, Chiefs U18
Dean Bonds* (27) 10 136 2011 4T Cornwall Wing: Redruth Youth
Fraser Honey* (22) 15 15 2019 30C/1DG /21P Cornwall Fly Half: Launceston*23, Barnstaple, Bury St Edmunds*22, Plymouth Albion 14
Jack Oulton* (24) 16 73 2016 3T Cornwall Scrum Half: Truro College, Chiefs, Pirates 7, CAB*15.
Tommy Phillips* (24) 8/4R 89 2014 Eng C U20 Cornwall LH Prop: Truro Coll, Helston
Richard Brown* (33) 12/3R 265 2008 5T Cornwall Hooker: Truro, Cheltenham
Craig Williams* (33) 12/3R 172 2006 Eng Counties


TH Prop: Macclesfield 39, St Ives
Todd Prisk*(24) 14 67 2014 4T Cornwall Lock: St Ives, Fylde 8, Plymouth Albion 9.
Jake Clemson (20) 5 27 2017 1T Eng C u18 Lock: St Ives Youth, Chiefs U18, Pirates 13
Ed Pascoe (27) 9/2R 52 2015 1T Royal Navy BS Wing Forward: Gosport & Fareham, Pirates 5
Mark Grubb* (28) 13/1R 64 2016 Cornwall OS Wing Forward: Wadebridge Camels
Ben Fox* (32) 12/3R 73 2007 1T Royal Navy No 8: Stalwart
Aden Brassington* (19) 2/5R 7 2019 1T Cornwall U20 Hooker: St Ives
Jess Tompsett* (30) 8/7R 114 2013 2T Cornwall LH Prop: Brighton
Jamie Prisk* (26) 10/4R 14 2019 2T Lock: St Ives
Jordan Gott (24) 0/1R 1 2020 RN U23/ Eng. U18 Clubs Wing: St Ives, Pirates, LIWG, Plymouth Albion 32
Bradley Janes (23) 7/3R 41 2015 3T RN U23 Wing: Chiefs Academy
Played Recently Last Played
Matt Evans (31) 1 2 2017 Canada (36) 21st Dec Fly Half: Newport Gwent Dragons 8, Pirates 111
Chris Fuca (34) 4/2R 315 2005 Eng Colleges Cornwall

21st Dec

BS Wing Forward: Pirates 4
Suva Ma’asi (22) 4/6R 10 2019 Eng U16   21st Dec Hooker: Peterborough Lions 26, Yorkshire Carnegie & Chiefs Academies, Pirates
Jack Hodge (21) 7/5R 43 2017 2T Cornwall U20         21st Dec LH Prop: Redruth Youth
Cian Romaine (24) 1/1R 2 2019 Ire U20 (6) 21st Dec Wing Forward: Connaught 13, Buccaneers, Yorkshire Carnegie 13, N Harbour NZ, Pirates 2.
Ali Stacey* (19) 1/2R 6 2019 1T 14th Dec Scrum Half: Chiefs U18, Pirates Colts
Ashley Taylor* (24) 0/3R 3 2019 Cornwall U20         14th Dec Wing: St Austell, Cardiff Met
Aaron Simmonds* (19) 6 30 2018 1T Eng C U18 7thDec Full Back: Penryn, Newquay Hornets, Truro College