Peter Gavin previews Worthing Raiders v Broadstreet


Worthing Raiders v Broadstreet RFC

11th November 2017 Kick-off 2pm

Our visitors this Saturday are Broadstreet RFC who travel down from Coventry to pay their first ever visit to Roundstone Lane. ‘Street’ were promoted last season but were ‘level transferred’ into National 2 South as there was an imbalance in the sides North/South.

Broadstreet RFC History & Background stuff.

The club was founded in 1929 and was originally Broad Street Old Boys formed by past students of Broad Street School. Coventry has always been a hot-bed for rugby union and a number of schoolboy internationals learnt the game at the school. Three senior internationals (Ivor Preece, Phil Judd, both future England captains and Ernie Robinson) also passed through the school and the club on their way to England via Coventry RFC. The club started up, like Worthing, using the proverbial farmer’s field (at Bedlam Lane) and no doubt local hostelries for post-match discussions. After the Second World War the club rented various grounds until a site in Henley Road was purchased, the clubhouse was officially opened in 1955. The club expanded and by 1970 the pitches were sold and the club relocated to Brandon Road. The clubhouse and ground were officially opened in 1973. It was named the Ivor Preece Field in honour of Ivor who was club President at the time. The clubhouse at Henley Road was retained as a thriving social club. Once again the club outgrew these facilities and a move was recently made to a ground at Binley Woods, the new ‘Ivor Preece Field’. Persimmon Homes were heavily involved with both the moves. The 46 acre facility encompasses a modern clubhouse, 250 seater stand, five senior pitches (2 floodlit), mini and junior pitches. It is hinted that the club has the best facilities in the country. The club turns out 3 or 4 senior sides every Saturday, along with colt’s rugby and the usual U7-U17 teams. A proper Community Club like ourselves. There is a strong link to Wasps who presently use the club for training following the move to Coventry a couple of seasons ago.

Club Colours: Red with green trim or Green with red trim. The club crest portrays a bear, a red rose and an elephant.

League history

Broadstreet, over the last 10 seasons or so, have moved between National League 2 North (L4) and what is now known as Midlands Premier (L5), although they did made a brief visitation to Midland 2 West (L6). They first reached level 4 in 2002/3 although that was only for one season. They made level 4 again in 2009/10 only to be relegated again. Season 2014-15 saw them back at level 4, this time putting in a very respectable showing finishing 7th with 17 wins. Alas, the following season brought a return to level 5. They bounced straight back last season being promoted as champions

Last season W20/D1/L5 Champions    

A successful season saw them shake of relegation by bouncing straight back, but their season did not ignite from the off. After 7 matches they had already lost 5 and even the most optimistic supporter would not have had promotion thoughts. A fantastic run saw wins all the way (apart from a 17-17 with Peterborough) for them to secure the Champs tag over Sheffield by 2points.

This season so far……P10/W1…14th (Raiders  11th)

Not the situation they were hoping for, but if they can stage a run of wins like last season they will end up in the upper reaches of the league! Their defeats have been:-Taunton (41-21), Bury St Edmunds (16-20), Canterbury (41-7), Clifton (32-35), Henley (41-17), Redingensians (47-19), Chinnor (21-31), Tonbridge Juddians (7-52). The win being against LIWG (53-40). Nick Thatcher (scrum-half) leads the try scorers with 5.

The players

As usual a list of players used over the last few matches is provided along with a little more detail as to their credentials. As previously mentioned, the club has close links with Wasps including using a few Academy players from time to time. Their availability has to fit in with the Premiership ‘A’ league programme, the B&I cup and also the 6 Nations U20 Championship. South African Cliffie Hodgson has moved from Coventry where he was a prolific points scorer. Last Saturday Callum MacBurnie made his first appearance of the season renewing his playing partnership with Hodgson. Both of the players have faced Raiders before in 2013/4 season. Full-back Andy Murray, Lock forward James Moreton and lock/back-row Lewis Snowden have featured in all 10 matches played.

Street have used 43 players so far to fulfil the fixtures.


Try and get along to this fixture to support the boys!!!

C’Mon Raiders!!!

Name (Age)  Apps 2017/8                    N2 Apps Join Pts Honours             Position  Previous Club/s apps             

*Played v Raiders

Dale Glover (23) 5/2R 7 2016 1T Full Back: Leamington Spa
Andrew Murray (26) 10 66 2013 2T Warwickshire Full Back: Nuneaton 26, Coventry 34
Jeff Gregson (29) 3 36 2013 1T Wing: Rugby Lions 21,Coventry38
Nyle Beckett (27) 5 5 2016 Warwickshire Wing: Kenilworth, Birmingham & Solihull
James Adams (23) 3/5R 8 2017 Cambridgeshire Wing/Scrum Half: Hartpury, Cambridge, Lydney, Old Patesians
Scott Truslove (21) 1/2R 3 2016 England Counties U18 Wing: Street Youth
Olly Cregg 0/1R 1 2017 Wing: San Diego University
Ryan O’Neil (26) 5 5 2015 1T Centre: Hertford, Old Leamingtonians
Josh Nott (19) 5 5 2017 1T England Counties U20 Centre: Nottingham, Wasps A
Callum MacBurnie (27) 1 2 2016 Centre: Moseley 42, Coventry*78
Jacob Umaga (19) 2 2 2017 England U18 & U20 Centre: Hinckley 10, Wasps 3
Cliffie Hodgson (28) 8 10 2015 13C/ 4P 1000+ pts for Coventry Centre: Rotherham 50, Coventry*109, University of SA
Scott Harman (26) 3/4R 15 2016 Midlands U20 Fly Half: Birmingham & Solihull 8, Moseley Development
Connor Eastgate (20) 2 2 2017 1T/ 1P Scotland U20 (7) Fly Half: Hinckley 10, Wasps 3, Aylesbury, Henley College
Nick Thatcher (33) 7/1R 112 2004 5T/ 1C Warwickshire Scrum Half: ex-captain,
Jake Dodd (27) 3 29 2014 LH Prop:
George Walsh (25) 5/4R 29 2015 1T LH Prop:
George Thornton (20) 2 2 2017 Scotland U20 (15) LH Prop: Wasps Academy, Market Harborough, Bishop Burton
Christopher Hanley (32) 4 4 2017 TH Pro: Sutton Coldfield
Jamie Dodd (31) 6/1R 36 2011 TH Prop:
Sam Harcourt (22) 4/2R 6 2016 Warwickshire Hooker:
Mike Worthington (29) 4/2R 36 2015 1T Warwickshire Hooker: Sutton Coldfield
James Moreton (22) 10 10 2017 1T Warwickshire Lock: Nuneaton, Wasps A
Tony Worthington (29) 4 4 2016 Lock: Sutton Coldfield
Lewis Snowden (27) 9/1R 10 2016 Warwickshire Wing Forward/Lock: Sutton Coldfield-
Nick Rhodes (26) 6/3R 9 2017 BS Wing Forward: Huddersfield 78
Chris Zutic (27) 3 8 2016 Warwickshire OS Wing Forward: South Leicester 21, Kenilworth, Earlsdon
James Seabrook (18) 3 3 2017 2T OS Wing Forward: Wasps Academy, Amersham & Chiltern
Luke Truslove (30)  Captain 3/3R 38 2007 OS Wing Forward:
Christopher Idehen (27) 6 27 2015 OS Wing Forward: Stockport, Loughborough
Jack Gibbons (28) 8/1R 55 2014 1T No8: Richmond 4, Coventry,  Leicester Lions 89