Peter Gavin previews Worthing Raiders v Birmingham & Solihull


Worthing Raiders v Birmingham & Solihull RFC

29th September 2018    

Kick-off 3pm

Our visitors this Saturday are Birmingham & Solihull RFC (The Bees) who make their first ever visit to Roundstone Lane for a National League fixture. Indeed, as far as can be determined it is their first visit to play Worthing at any level. The Bees were successful last season gaining promotion as Champions of Midlands Premier (L5). Normally they would have taken up their place in NL 2 North, but once again there is an imbalance between North/South, so The Bees have been ‘level transferred’ South.

 History & Background stuff

Birmingham RFC

Founded in 1909, the Club was based at Portway which coincidentally is now the home of ‘The Bees’. When league rugby started in 1987/88, Birmingham RFC was seeded in National Division Three (Exeter, Plymouth, Wakefield, West Hartlepool etc). At the end of the first season the club was relegated. A second relegation followed in 1988/89.

Solihull RFC

Founded in 1933, Solihull, also found difficulty in adjusting to the demands of league rugby, seeded to Area League North in 1987/8 the club was relegated to Midlands Division One, finishing ninth the following season.

Birmingham & Solihull RFC

Founded in 1989 by a merger of the clubs.

League History

1989-1997…. Level 4 or 5   1997-00 Level 3

2000-2008 Level 2    2008-12 Level 2 or 3 alternate years

2012-15 Level 4    2015-18 Level 5

After playing at various locations in and around South Birmingham and changing name to Pertemps Bees for a few seasons (2001-8), the club are now back at their former training ground, Portway,  just off Junction 3 of the M42.

Bees maybe remembered for their cup success of 2004, in which they caused the biggest upset in the professional rugby era by beating Wasps 28–24 in the quarter final of the Powergen Cup.

Amongst their Alumni mention is made of a certain Semisi Taulava who many may remember strolling out for the Raiders in 2010. He played for Bees for a couple of seasons (2011-2), before going to Rotherham and Worcester.

The club turns out 2 Senior XVs (Bees & Hornets), Colts and U17s.

Junior/Mini Rugby taking over on Sundays.

Ladies Rugby is played under the name of Lady Bees

Club Colours: black, white, red and gold,

Last season Midlands Premier P26 / W23 L3 Champions…. 113 points.

A successful season saw promotion by 11 points from runners-up Peterborough Lions, who also won promotion after their play-off victory away at Hull (22-31). The Bees lost their last fixture to Newport (Salop) 10-33, prior to that they had defeated every other club in the league home and away apart from Sandbach who managed to beat them twice (26-33, 23-20). They scored an impressive 1021 points whilst conceding 369. Messrs: Foreman, Payne, Spink, Wright, Weaver, Jolly (Capt.), Tilsley made regular appearances.

This season so far…P4 / L3….14th…2 points (Raiders 7th …11 points)

The season got off on the wrong foot for The Bees as they were docked 5 league points for fielding an ineligible player in the final fixture of last season (with the league already won). However, they are now in positive territory having taken 5 points off Old Redcliffians (42-38), as well as losing bonus points against Tonbridge Juddians (22-19) and Ding’s Crusaders (15-10). Last Saturday they lost to Taunton Titans (20-28), Aaron Struminski crossing in the 79th minute to deny them a losing bonus point (Gary Kingdom missed the conversion!).

The players

A list of the players used in the matches played so far is provided, along with further information as to their credentials that may be available. The Bees have retained nearly all of last season’s successful squad and have also signed a number of new players. Experienced hooker Dale Garner formerly of Stourbridge has been used in all matches so far, as has Adam Nunney a centre from South Leicester. Dan Kelly, centre or wing has returned to the club after University. Flanker Marcus Brown, on loan from Cinderford last season, has signed up. Prop forward Kurtis Payne and lock forward Matt Spink both missed the Titans match having been injured at Ding’s.

Once again this has the makings of another challenging fixture for the Raiders who put on a very entertaining display in their first home match of the season against Redruth.

Please try to get along to cheer the boys along and be that all important 16th man!!!


………..C’Mon Raiders.

Name   (age)

 *played v Raiders

Apps 2018-9 Tot N2 apps Join Points Honours Position/Previous Club/s  

*Played v Raiders

Played  v  Titans            
Corey Venus (26) 3 3 2018 1T Scotland U20 Full Back: Nottingham 4, South Leicester 24, Stourbridge 5, Tigers Academy, Stade Domontois
Matthew Dight (22) 4 5 2014 3T England Counties U20 squad Wing: B&S Youth, N. Midlands u20
Nathan Tilsley 4 4 2017 2T   Centre:  Broadstreet 41, Stourbridge 15
Adam Nunney 1/3R 4 2018 Leicestershire Centre: Syston, South Leicester 25, University of Queensland
Dan Kelly 4 4 2018 1T England Students Wing: Leeds Beckett, Sheffield University, Sheffield Tigers 9, Rotherham Titans 4, Falcons A
Max Rodman (24) 3 3 2016 Midlands U18 Fly Half: Silhillians, Sale A, St Joseph’s Cardiff
Jack Jolly Capt (27) 4 77 2012 3P/12C   Scrum Half: Nuneaton 31
Alex Willis 2/2R 4 2018 N. Midlands LH Prop: Old Saltleians,  Bourneville
Dale Garner (31) 3 3 2018 Germany (6) Hooker: Sale Sharks,  Stourbridge 58, Malvern, Luctonians 63
Joe Foreman (21) 4 4 2016   TH Prop: Coventry Academy, Stratford
Ed Krawiecki 1 1 2017   Lock: Berkswell & Balsall RFC, University of Bath (RL)
Andrew Weaver (28) 4 4 2016   Lock:  Barker Butts, Rugby Lions 28, Coventry 30
Danny Wright (28) 4 4 2016 England U20 BS Wing Forward: Gloucester, Cinderford 25, Stade Francais, Coventry 66, Broadstreet, Chinnor
Marcus Brown (29) 3/1R 4 2017 2T Gloucestershire OSWF: Cinderford * 81, Gloucester A
Umraan Dixon-Jadwat (30) 4 4 2017 Natal Sharks U18 (2005) No8:  Nuneaton, Western Provence Amateurs (2012)
Charlie Brabham 0/1R 1 2018 Wales U18 Prop: Filton College, Bristol Bears Junior Academy
Jevon Hinds (22) 1/1R 2 2016   Wing: Henley College & Coventry Academy
Stewart Pearl (38) 0/4R 59 2017   TH Prop: Worcester 15, Plymouth 77, Coventry 31, Cambridge 59, Stourbridge 29, Broadstreet 60.
Ashley Scriven (30) 1/3R 51 2013   OS Wing Forward: Stalwart
Sean O’Sullivan 0/2R 2 2017   Scrum Half: Wasps Academy, Coventry Academy
Played recently            
Ollie Walker 1/1R 2 2018   Full Back:
Luke Smith 1 2 2018 N. Midlands Wing: Bourneville, Old Halesonians, Worcester Academy
Alex O’Malley (23) 0/1R 34 2012   Wing: Stalwart
Harry O’ Brien 2 2 2017 1T Warwickshire U20 Fly Half/Full Back: Kenilworth, Leicester Lions
Kurtis Payne 3 3 2015   TH Prop:  Bourneville
Matt Spink  (24) 3 62 2012 1T   Lock:  B&S Youth
Tim Daley 0/1R 1 2018   LH Prop: Stourbridge (on loan)