Worthing Raiders v Bournemouth Lions RFC
21st December 2019
Bournemouth are our visitors for the ‘Festive Fixture’ this year, it will be their 2nd visit to Roundstone Lane for a National league match. Raiders visited ‘Chapel Gate’ way back in September for the second fixture of the season and returned with a useful 24-37 victory.
The Lions were promoted last season as Champions of South West Premier.
History, Background stuff
The club was founded way back in 1893, although there is a record of a match being played in 1888. Home matches were played at Dean Park with fixtures against the likes of Trojans, Portsmouth, Sherbourne School and Dorchester. Communication and transport difficulties caused the suspension of the club, but fixtures recommenced in 1906.
The club had moved to Meyrick Park and whilst the Great War intervened there are records of New Zealand Forces using the facilities. In 1923 Bournemouth Sports Club started up a side, but the original Bournemouth club continued to use Meyrick Park as their base. By 1928/9 the club was flourishing on and off the field with half the matches being played back at Dean Park. The fixture list by now included London Banks, Barnstaple, Exeter, Bath, and Sidmouth. At about this point in time Bournemouth Sports Club purchased land in Northbourne and offered usage to the rugby club, which was declined.
By season 1930/31 the Sports Club team had a much-improved fixture list, with the ‘A’ teams of the likes of Blackheath, London Scottish, Harlequins and Richmond visiting, along with several more local clubs such as Yeovil, Salisbury and Portsmouth. By 1938 a merger of the two clubs was in train, but the war intervened. Post war Bournemouth RFC emerged as a section of Bournemouth Sports Club. The Easter Festival (started in 1937), Hampshire 7s and monopolizing the County cup were all very much part of the successful club in 1960s to 80s, with plenty of clubs calling in whilst on tour. A brief resume of their league record is provided below.
The club turns out 3 or 4 Senior XVs most Saturdays, along with various age groups Colts and U17s etc. Junior/Mini/Girls Rugby takes over on Sundays. A community club like ourselves. Ladies Rugby is played at U18 level
Wheelchair Rugby has been introduced and is successful.
Club Colours: Red with black detailing: Alternative: Black with yellow detailing
When the leagues started in 1987/8 the club was placed in South West 1 (level5) by virtue of their success in the Regional Merit Table. This level proved too high and they were relegated to South West 2. They struggled along at level 6 for three seasons but were relegated to Southern Counties league (L7) in 1990/1. Promotion gained in 1993/4 conveniently coincided with their centenary. The club continued to oscillate between levels 6 and 7 before establishing a regular spot in level 5 from season 2007/8. They were promoted to National 2 South in 2011/2 and lasted a couple of seasons. They settled back into South West Premier (L5), losing to Guernsey in the play-off in 2017/8. Last season saw them run away with the league, returning once again to National 2 South.
Last season South West Premier P26 L1 Champions…. 118 points.
A very successful season saw promotion by 17 points from runners-up Barnstaple, who lost the promotion play-off to Westcliff (44-5).
Lions had the league and promotion in the bag with four matches still to play, after an impressive win (41-10) against Exmouth.
The team also scored a tantalizing 999 points conceding 352.
Sam Hardcastle scored 21 tries, Grant Hancox 143 points, prop forward Alan Manning started every match.
Links with Worthing
In the pre-league era we must have played Bournemouth at 1st XV level, if only in a touring capacity, but regretably there is no detail of a fixture mentioned in the records. There are fixtures between the clubs at 2nd XV level in the Zoo league.
We did however have a league fixture against The Lions in season 2012-3, following their promotion as champions of L5 in season 2011-12. We did not play them in 2013-14 as we were promoted to National1.
Detail of the results:
2012/13: WR 45 BL 14 BL 15 WR 43
2019/20: BL 24 WR 37
14th September 2019 Bournemouth Lions 24 Worthing Raiders 37
On a near perfect afternoon weatherwise, Raiders required to get on the score-board early as ‘Chapel Gate’ is a stronghold for the Lions, unbeaten on home turf since October 2017. Harry Forrest stepped up, crossing after 2 minutes, in fact Raiders put in a lively opening display with tbp in the bag on the 30 minute mark 3-27. Lions put in a spirited comeback with tries either side of the break to pull the score-line back to 17-30 with 25 minutes remaining, but David McIlwaine, back after long term injury, took a great line to seal matters for the visitors. Sam Hardcastle crossed in the dying minutes for the hosts. (league points 0-5).
Lions: Hancox, Stewart, Chislett, Gleadowe, Everett-Bolter, Pope, Veneroso: Davies, Manning, Cotterell, Leadbeater, Knott, Bennett, Russell, Rees.
Bench: Napier, Griffiths, Snell, Hardcastle, Spiller.
Scoring: T: Everett-Bolter (38m), Napier (55m), Hardcastle (80m); C: Hancox x3 : P: Hancox (7m)
Raiders: Anscombe, Forrest H, Forrest J, Gwyther, Spencer, McLean, Boyland, Birch, Luke, Litterick, Barlow, Lee, Whittall, Grief, Richards.
Bench: Gibson, Adams, Dawe, McIiwaine, Fowler.
Scoring: T: Forrest H (2m & 12m), Forrest J (18m), McLean (30m), McIlwaine (71m): C: McLean x3 (2m, 30m &71m): P: McLean x2 (16m & 42m)
This season so far…P14 W2…. tbp 1 lbp 3 League position 16th (12 points) Raiders 8th (42 points)
The position does not look good, but Lions can take heart from recent results. Picking-up a bonus point last weekend at Redruth (17-12), always a difficult task getting much at ‘hell-fire’ corner. A win the previous Saturday against Old Redcliffians (24-23) and a last minute defeat at the hands of Leicester Lions (16-17) was a heart breaker, but still a good result against a team in the top five. Their other win was on the 12th October, a 5- pointer against Westcliff (39-12), with the other lbp against Dings ((26-33).
The abandoned match at Sutton & Epsom, when the floodlighting failed in a local power-cut, is to be replayed. The match was stopped in the 62nd minute with S&E leading (20-15).
A list of the players used in the Titans match is provided, along with further information as to their credentials. A number of their more regular players (7), missed the visit to Cornwall. As mentioned in the pre-view ahead of the September match, Lions have retained most of the team that achieved last season’s promotion, although Joe Tarrant (hooker), Jack Hennings (lock) and Ben Allman (wing-forward) have retired. Karim Lynch (full-back) has returned to Ampthill. They still have a number of stalwart performers not least Alan Manning (now hooker), who has featured in every match. Injury plagued past captain Matt Warwick (back-row) has recently returned as has New Zealander Toby Kenneally (lock) after missing a couple of seasons with a serious leg injury. Mike Pope (fly-half) has recently taken over the Head Coach role.
The ‘Festive’ fixture is always a great occasion, with the traditional lunch sold out months ago. If you are dining get out on the balcony to encourage the boys along, otherwise get along in plenty of time to get behind the team from the touchline, as you know another W will make the festive season that tad more enjoyable.
Apart from wishing my regular reader a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year, I am sure that you will all want to join me in wishing absolute Stalwart and points gatherer ‘Supremo’…. Matt McLean…. all the very best as he is getting married this Saturday!!! (and missing the match….shock/horror!!!)
Heartiest Congrats to you and your family from all at WRFC (and I’m sure everyone who knows you in the world of Rugby) ….All the best!
|Name/age* played v Raiders 14/9/19||Apps 2019-20||Total N2 apps||Join||Points||Honours||Position/Previous Club/s *Played v Raiders|
|Played @Redruth 14th December 2019 Redruth 17 Lions 12|
|Alex Sunderland (29)||6/3R||36||2013||1T/1P /3C||Hampshire||Full Back:|
|Robert Johnson (29)||1||1||2017||–||Wing:|
|Dan Kirkpatrick (25)||7||7||2017||1T||Centre:|
|Carlos Snell*(22)||7/5R||12||2015||–||Dorset & Wilts U20||Centre: Bournemouth Youth|
|Dan Stewart* (29)||7/1R||8||2016||4T||Wing: Havant*17|
|Mike Pope*(29) Head Coach||9/2R||11||2008/10 2016||–||Eng Students Eng Univ 7s||Fly Half: Bournemouth, Taunton*20, Exeter Chiefs & 7s, Cornish Pirates 75, Redruth 2.|
|Grant Hancox* (28)||13||13||2014||1T/26P/18C||British Police, Hampshire||Scrum Half: Kenilworth, Hartpury|
|Tom Napier*(29)||3/6R||9||2017||1T||LH Prop: Wimborne, Hartpury, Cinderford, Pompadour (Fr)|
|Alan Manning* (33)||15||64||2005||1T||Hooker: Sutton & Epsom. 300+ Appearances for Lions|
|George Cotterell* (20)||9/1R||10||2019||–||Hampshire U20||TH Prop: Bracknell, Newbury|
|Ben Roberts (24)||13||13||2018||1T||Royal Navy Hampshire||Lock: Gosport & Fareham|
|Toby Kenneally (33)||8/1R||9||2016||–||Lock: Lyttelton (NZ)|
|Matt Warwick (34)||2/3R||5||2014||–||BS Wing Forward: Capt. 2016|
|Ben Russell*(25)||10/1R||11||2018||1T||Hampshire||OS Wing Forward: New Milton|
|Ali Bennett*(28)||7/1R||8||2016||–||No 8:|
|Joe Spiller*(21)||3/4R||7||2017||LH Prop: Bath U18, Beechen Cliff School|
|Conrad Carkeet (19)||5/4R||9||2017||Hampshire||Back Row: Bournemouth Youth:|
|Sam Knott*(23)||7/6R||13||2014||–||Lock: Bournemouth Youth|
|Joshua Pidgley (18)||N/U||–||2019||–||Bournemouth Youth|
|Ethan Goudie (18)||N/U||–||2019||–||Bournemouth Youth|
|Played Recently||Last Played|
|Ben Meaden (24)||6/1R||8||2014||–||7th Dec||Wing: University of Bath, Bedford Blues Academy, Bournemouth Youth|
|Freddie Gleadowe* (28)||8||8||2016||3T||7th Dec Hampshire||Centre: Southampton University, Basingstoke|
|Scott Chislett* (32)||9/1R||58||2007||–||7th Dec Dorset & Wilts||Centre: Bournemouth Y. 300+ Appearances for Lions|
|Alexander Everett-Bolter* (28)||11/1R||12||2015||3T||7th Dec Hampshire||Wing:|
|Mike Davies*(29)||9/2R||11||2016||–||7th Dec Cheshire Dorset & Wilts||LH Prop: Caldy, Waterloo, Clifton, Cinderford, Hartpury, UWE, University of Gloucester|
|Joe Rees*(31) ©||3||32||2013||–||7th Dec Hampshire||No8: Sandown & Shanklin|
|Sam Hardcastle* (38)||4/5R||65||1999||2T||7th Dec Dorset & Wilts||Scrum Half: Bournemouth Y. 300+ Appearances for Lions|
|James Griffiths* (18)||2/5R||71||2019||23rd Nov||Lock: London Irish Academy|