Peter Gavin previews Worthing Raiders v Barnstaple

MATCH 15….

Worthing Raiders v Barnstaple RFC

16th December 2017 Kick-off 2pm

Our visitors this week are Barnstaple Chiefs RFC (Barum) from North Devon who pay their second visit to Roundstone Lane. We played them earlier this year,18th February, and came away victorious 32-28 in hard fought contest.

Barnstaple RFC History & Background stuff.

It was originally thought that the club was founded in 1877, but it has now emerged that it is even older, with the first match taking place on Wednesday 27th November 1874 in a proverbial ‘farmers field’ in Rumsam. The founding meeting took place at the historic Royal & Fortescue Hotel. The club has been located at Pottington Road since the early 1920s. The Pottington Road area must have been the sporting end of the town with the Football club and the Bowls club nearby. The club achieved back-to-back promotions and by 2008 reached what is now known as, South West Premier (level 5). The club jogged along in mid-table for a few years, but achieved promotion to National League 2S last season after a play-off win at Tonbridge Juddians (30-31). Barnstaple, like Worthing, is a proper Community Rugby Club with a strong emphasis on the youth and junior sections. The club rightly takes pride in the number of ‘home grown’ players who represent the town. They turn out 3 or 4 senior teams with the vital age-group sections playing on Sunday.

They are a well-supported club with home gates averaging around the 550 mark.

Club Colours: Red and White

Club Crest: Castle of 3 towers, the central tower larger.

Club Motto: Fides et Justitia (Faith and Justice)

Last season W 9/ D 1/ L 20 ….Points 51 (14th) (Raiders 53 points 12th)   

Barnstaple (like Raiders) spent most of last season with survival in mind vying to avoid one of the two relegation positions. It went to the last match of the season for both clubs with Barnes and London Irish Wild Geese also in the mix!! Despite losing to Old Elthamians (68-21), Barum eventually survived by virtue of a better playing record than Barnes who also finished on 51points but with only 6 wins! Barnstaple managed 8 wins on home turf, with their sole away victory at LIWG (5-12). Apart from the win against Raiders they will have been especially pleased with the victories against Taunton (22-19) and Cinderford (21-13). Jordan Petherbridge topped the points scorers with 197points (T7/C39/P28). Nat Bayet started all 30 matches often at lock forward or in the back-row. Three-quarters, Will Topps and Jake Murphy both started in 29. The front row of  Rob Dugard,  James Starkey and Kevin Angel only missed 4 matches between them.

Chiefs v Raiders

29th October 2016………Chiefs 9 Raiders 7

On league form the odds probably favoured the visitors as ‘The Chiefs’ were propping up the table with one win (Clifton 24-22) to their name. Raiders were in 6th spot with four wins from the eight fixtures played. Home advantage and sheer doggedness saw the result the home supporters craved. Jason Petherbridge landed 3 penalty goals (2 in the 1st half) to a Dan Sargent try (converted by Matt McLean) in the 52nd minute, which put the Raiders in front for 10 minutes or so. The game was marred by a long stoppage when Raiders stalwarts Ryan Storer and Jamie Redmayne clashed heads whilst tackling a Barnstaple forward. Happily and eventually, both players were able to leave the field unaided, accompanied by warm applause. (They both joined the ever growing Raiders’ injured list.)

Chiefs: Hydleman, Topps, Perry, Murphy, Lee, Petherbridge, Bath, Dugard, Starkey, Berry M, Mason, Hilton, Jenkins, Bayet, Hague.

Bench: Angell, Childs, Lloyd, Dunbavin, Berry L.

Raiders: McLean, Loosmore, Wilcockson, Richards, Neilsen, Montgomery, Leeming, Storer, Harris, Sargent, Barlow, Redmayne, Smith, Whittall, Perkins.

Bench: Watson-Brooks, Gatford, Niessens, Peach, Short.

18th February 2017………… Raiders 32 Chiefs 28

Chiefs were sitting just above Raiders in the league 38 points to 29, although the Devon side had played one more fixture. Even though Raiders still had 9 fixtures to play, this match had that must win feel about it. The faithful were a little tense. Raiders came flying out of the traps with Harry Forrest scoring 2 tries in the first 15 minutes with a conversion from Matt McLean, the nerves were settling slightly at 12-0. Isaac Hydleman pulled a score back for the visitors in the 22nd minute converted by Jordan Petherbridge, but tries from Fin Coxon-Smith and Kariym Irving with another conversion from McLean looked to be sending the home side into oranges with a comfortable lead, alas not so as player coach Steve Perry darted over with the reliable Jordan Petherbridge  adding the extras, (24-14) at the break. An early score or two should see the game to bed and indeed that was provided with a penalty from Matt McLean and the hat-trick try from Harry Forrest, 32-14 with 48 minutes played. Barum upped their game with their barn-storming pack on the rampage, but the gallant defence from the home was eventually breached when Bryn Jenkins forced his way over in the 58th minute. ( Petherbridge adding the extras). The Chiefs kept up the pressure, which eventually gave way to a yellow card for the home side but valiant defence could not prevent Petherbridge scoring (and converting again) in the dying seconds. Pulsating…league points 5-2.

Raiders: Forrest H, Coxon-Smith, Richards, Loosmore, Irving, McLean, Leeming, Storer, Watson-Brooks, Gatford, Barlow, Lake, Lamb-Coma, Hewick, Perkins.

Bench: Gearing-Grief, Sargent, Whittall, Wilcockson, Boyland.

Chiefs: Hydleman, Topps, Carter, Murphy, Brock, Perry, Petherbridge, Dugard, Starkey, BerryM, Mason, Bayet, Gohl, Jenkins, Hilton.

Bench: Drew, Crouch, Hague, Childs, Bath.

The season so far……P14 /W6 /D1 /L7 (10th 33 points…Raiders 9th 36 points)

Chiefs will be pleased with their steady start to the first part of the season, especially as they have had several key players injured at various times since September. They got off to a good start with a bonus point win away to Wimbledon (13-33), followed by victory at home against Redruth (29-24). In recent fixtures they have seen off Tonbridge Juddians (33-3), picked up a bonus point win at Broadstreet (15-27) and a draw in Devon last weekend against Old Redcliffians (22- 22). They also gave leaders Chinnor a fright before eventually losing (27-32). Top points scorer is once again Jordan Petherbridge with 85 points (5T/18C/8P). Three-quarters Will Topps and Jake Murphy have started every match, with forwards Danny Southworth, Adam Lloyd and Winston James involved every week.

The players

A list of the players used recently is provided along with some detail as to their credentials. Many of the players listed represented the club in the play-off match against TJs as well as being produced through their youth system. Indeed, most have also played previously against Raiders. Jarrard Hayler who has represented the Royal Navy and the UK Armed Services is a new signing having previously played at Plymouth Albion. He plays in the back-row or in the centre.

Another tight entertaining tussle is expected from teams close together in the league, try and get along to support the boys!!!!


C’Mon Raiders.

Did you know?

  • Barnstaple is the principal town in North Devon, situated at the lowest crossing point of the river Taw, flowing into the Bristol Channel and was known in Saxon times as Beardestaple.
  • Barnstaple is referred to as ‘Barum’ from a contraction of the Latin name (ad Barnastapolitum).
  • Barnstaple Castle was built in the reign of William the Conqueror.
  • Exporting wool through the Port (now silted up) brought great wealth in the Middle Ages.
  • The population of the town is around 30,000 with this figure doubling when the more rural areas are taken into account.
  • The railway station is the terminus of a branch line from Exeter known as the Tara line.
  • World cup winner England and Lions prop Phil Vickery was born in Barnstaple, although the family farm was the other side of the Tamar.
  • Renowned ‘All Black’ Jerry Collins once played for Barnstaple 2nd XV in a one off match as he was passing by…he so much enjoyed the experience he wore Barnstaple socks in his outing for the Barbarians. Very sad to recall that Jerry and his wife were tragically killed in a car crash in France a few years ago.


Name (Age)  *Played v Raiders Apps  2017-8 Tot N2 Apps Join Points Honours Position: Previous Club/s Apps                               *played v Raiders
Will Topps *(29) 14 43 2012 5T Devon Wing/Full Back: Old Patesians, Bridgwater* Christchurch OB, NZ
Kyle Speare* 7/1R 11 2017 3T   Wing: Launceston* 26
Jack Bond 7 7 2017 Devon Wing: Newton Abbot
Luke Berry* (27) 9/2R 28 2008 3T Devon U21 Wing: Barum Youth
Troy Willis (20) 1/5R 6 2017   Wing: Barum Youth
Ed May (18) Debut   2017   Wing: Barum Youth
Ryan Lee* (22) 11/2R 25 2016   Centre: Barum Youth
Jake Murphy* (30) 14 42 2016 9C/4P Cornwall Centre: Plymouth 22, Launceston* 160
Ryan Carter* (25) 6 33 2012   Centre: Barum Youth, N. Devon Raiders RL
Kyran McManus (18) 0/2R 2 2017     Centre: Barum Youth
Gwyn Parks (19) 7 7 2017 4C/3P   Fly Half: Exeter Chiefs U18, Exeter College
Jordan Petherbridge* (22) 11 38 2014 5T/8P/18C Devon Scrum Half: Barum Youth, Bideford
James Bath* (23) 5/8R 38 2012 1T England Colleges Somerset Scrum Half: Exeter College, Exeter University, Taunton 3.
Danny Southworth (19) 10/4R 14 2017 2T   LH Prop: Barum Youth, Exeter Chiefs Academy/U18
Rob Dugard* (31) 12/1R 42 2016 2T   THP: Chippenham 9, Coventry 99, Birmingham & Solihull 26, Plymouth 28, Broadstreet 9, Launceston* 26.
Kevin Angell* (27) 6/6R 40 2009 1T   LH Prop: Barum Youth
Mitch Turner (19) 0/4R 4 2017   Prop: Barum Youth
Alf Pennyfield (19) 0/1R 1 2017   Prop: Barum Youth
Brad Drew* (22) 0/3R 21 2016     Prop Barum Youth
Ashlee Crouch*  (23) 5/6R 31 2014 Devon U20 Hooker: Barum Youth, N. Devon Raiders RL.
 Joshua Mynett (20) 0/2R 2 2017 Devon U20 Hooker: Sidmouth, Taunton, Nottingham
James Starkey* 27 9/3R 41 2013 1T   Hooker: Bideford
Matt Hague* (24) 12 36 2016   BS Wing Forward: Tiverton
Oli Mason* (24) 11 33 2013 1T Royal Navy Lock: Blundells, Swansea University, N. Walsham, Royal Marines
Adam Lloyd* 8/6R 35 2014   Lock: Barum Youth
Nat Bayet* (21) 9/1R 40 2015 2T Devon Wing Forward: Barum Youth, Bicton College, Exeter Academy
Winston James (26) 12/2R 29 2009 3T   OS Wing Forward:
Jarrard Hayler (23) 10/1R 11 2017 7T Royal Navy  UK Armed Forces Prop/Centre/Back Row: Plymouth Albion 11
Gareth Evans (35) 6/1R 7 2017 4T Royal Navy Hooker/Back Row: Plymouth Albion 138, London Welsh 5, London Scots, Okehampton
Jake Childs* (31) 5/4R 17 2016 Devon No8: Taunton* 48, Bridgwater*11, Launceston*, Plymouth.