Peter Gavin previews Worthing Raiders v Cinderford


Worthing Raiders v Cinderford RFC

14th October 2017  Kick-off  3pm

Our visitors this Saturday are Cinderford RFC (The Foresters) who travel up from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. This will be their 3rd visit to Roundstone Lane for a National League fixture.

Club History & Background stuff

Founded in 1886 they are the second oldest club in the county behind Gloucester. A prominent club at the time when coal mining was the main Industry, they returned to prominence in the 90s and until relegation last season had spent 7 seasons at level 3, pitching the club in the top 40 in the country. Situated at the edge of ‘The Forest of Dean and Wye valley’ it finds itself in an area of outstanding natural beauty bordering England and Wales. It is also a Rugby Union hot-bed.

Cinderford run 4 senior sides with youth, mini and girls rugby taking over on Sundays.

The club motto is ’The Pride of the Forest’ with a handsome Stag and Crown motif.

The club colours are Red, Black and Amber hoops, the alternative strip is Blue, Black and Green.

Previous fixtures

2013-14   Raiders 34 Cinderford 22             Cinderford 32 Raiders 31 (National 1)

2016-17   Raiders 21 Cinderford 15             Cinderford 53 Raiders 15

24/9/2016 Raiders 21 Cinderford 15

The Forresters made their second visit to Roundstone Lane and returned to Gloucestershire with a losing bonus point, thanks to James Moffat who landed 5 penalties, keeping the visitors in touch throughout this tantalizing encounter. Raiders won thanks to a brace of tries from Alex Wilcockson, the boot of Matt McLean and a great team effort, especially in defence. ’Scrappy’ bagged his 2nd try in the 75th minute to give the home spectators a tense few minutes as Cinderford battered the line, but Raiders held firm.

Raiders: McLean, Coxon-Smith, Wilcockson, Richards, Nielsen, Leeming, Peach, Storer, Harris, Burns, Barlow, Redmayne, Smith, White, Perkins.

Replacements: Hadfield, Sargent, Gatford, Lake, Govett.

Cinderford: Rees, Frame, Goatley, McMahon, Yorke, Moffat, Williams, Porter, Walker, Tideswell, Lemon, King, Lane, Broady, Evans.

Replacements: Smart, Haly, Knight, Ryan, Barbarinsa.

14/1/2017 Cinderford 53 Raiders 15

Injury ravaged Raiders visited The Beavis Memorial ground with 20 league points between the sides. (C on 47pts (7th) R on 27pts (15th).) Despite the score-line the visitors put in a spirited shift eventually losing out 6 tries to 2. James Moffat had a field day with the boot (5 pens 4 conv).

Cinderford: Moffat, Goatley, Norville, Winchie, Yorke, Hemming, Williams, Porter, Mullis, Tideswell, Lemon, King, Shields, Keenan, Evans.

Replacements: Smart, Balding, Rees, Brown, Williams Jack.

Raiders: McLean, Irving, Wilcockson, Richards, Paddenburg, Montgomery, Dixon, Gatford, Gearing-Grief, Finney, Lake, Pitchford, Whittall, Ure, Lamb.

Replacements: Hadfield, Storer, Harris, Double, Boyland.

Last season…7th W16/ D2 84 points

After relegation from level 3, The Foresters were more than likely targeting a swift return, but on reflection were probably content with this mid-table finish. They lost on their home turf to Stortford, OEs, Titans, Chinnor and Redingensians. On the road they lost 7 matches with the result at Redruth standing out (54-11). James Moffat was top points scorer with 257 (3T/58C/42P). Reuben Norville and Sam Goatley both scored 7 tries. Skipper George Porter (LHP) featured in all the matches, with James Moffat starting in 29. Forwards Dale Lemon and Aaron Ryan featured in 28, along with experienced scrum-half Jimmy Williams.

The season so far  P6 /W5

100% up until last Saturday when they lost to ambitious Chinnor (20-31….2 tries to 4). The visitors were deserving victors by all accounts, but losing experienced forward George Evans in training and centre Jack Hayes early in the contest will certainly not have helped the home side. Prior to this fixture The Foresters have bagged 5 points per match with wins over Canterbury (17-39), Clifton (57-5), Henley (19-90), LIWG (29-21) and Redingensians (36-37).  They are sitting comfortably in 3rd spot in the table on 25pts. A solid start.


The players used so far are listed below along with a little further information as to their credentials. There are quite a few familiar names on the list, along with half a dozen or so new recruits most of whom are returning to their Gloucestershire roots.


Another tough encounter awaits…..


Name/Age   *Played v Raiders Apps  2017/8 Total App Join Pts Honours Position-Prev Club/s & Apps                   *played v Raiders
James Moffat*(26) 6 51 2015 1T/25C /5P  Gloucestershire Full Back/Fly Half: Loughborough Students* 7.
Stefan Hawley*27 1 81 2009 Full Back: Lydney
Kai Little (21) 6 6 2017 2T Wing: Hartpury 8, Gloucester 2
Reuben Norville* (22) 6 24 2016 8T Scotland U20 Centre/Wing: Redingensians* 5
Terence Babarinsa* (20) 6 11 2016 1T Centre: Coney Hill, Gloucester U18
Jack Hayes (26) 5 5 2017 2T Centre: Gloucester Academy, Hartpury 30, Chinnor 35, Rotherham T23
Rob Winchie* (27) 1/2R 146 2009 Centre: Loughborough Students 4
Ed Bogue (19) 0 0 2017 Centre: Dean Close School, Gloucester Academy
Sam Goatley*(26) 0/1R 22 2016 Gloucestershire Centre: Old Centralians, Bury St E* 18
Liam Hemming* (26) 5 21 2016 3T Gloucestershire Fly Half: Old Centralians, Bracknell
Carwyn Penny (18) 0 0 2017 2017 Wales U18 Fly Half: Clifton College, Gloucester Academy
Clive Stuart-Smith*34 Coach 0/1R 52 2013 England U21 & 7s England Saxons Scrum Half: Gloucester 24, Yorkshire C 15, Worcester 15, Scarlets 20, Chiefs 93, Esher 24, Hartpury22
Jimmy Williams* (28) 5 42 2015 Gloucestershire Scrum Half: Gloucester, Lydney* 50, Birmingham & Solihull 44, Rotherham 50, Jersey 24, Plymouth 3.
Alex Frame* (24) 1/4R 79 2012 Wing/Scrum Half: Cirencester College
George Porter* (c) 28 5/1R 38 2016 England U18 LH Prop: Birmingham & Solihull 4, Lydney* 29, Plymouth 49, Worcester 41, Nottingham 18, Ealing 13.
Joe Smart* (30) 1/5R 117 2009 1T Prop: Gloucester United
Tom Bozzard * (29 0 103 2011  Gloucestershire Prop: Coney Hill 14
James Elliot (26) 4/2R 6 2017 TH Prop: Old Centralians,  Hull Ionians 8, Rotherham Titans 5, Moseley 26
Tim Brockett (28) 2/4R 6 2017 2T TH Prop: Dings*82, Bristol 2, Ealing 79, Hartpury 74
Nathan Taylor (25) 6 6 2017 3T England Students Hooker: Hartpury 46, London Welsh, Henley* 12
Dale Lemon* (22) 5 35 2016 England Counties U20   Gloucestershire Lock: Cheltenham, Bristol United
George Evans*30 4 221 2006 Gloucestershire Lock: Hartpury 14
Jack Shields* (21) 3/3R 33 2015 Lock/No8: Cinderford Youth, Cardiff University
Roger Birkin (28) 0/1R 63 2013 Gloucestershire Lock: Clevedon
Matt Bennett 0/1R 1 2017 Lock:
Matt Lane* (26) 2/2R 49 2014 6T Gloucestershire Back Row: Dings Crusaders 25
Aaron Ryan*(23) 4/2R 36 2015 2T BS Wing Forward: Old Patesians
Marcus Brown*28 1 81 2009  Gloucestershire Back Row: Gloucester Old Golds (RL)
Aaron Hinkley (18) 0 0 2017. England U18 Back Row: Ledbury RFC, St Peter’s School, Hartpury AASE, Gloucester Academy
Lewis Beer 4 4 2017 1T OS Wing Forward: Cleve, Lydney, London Scottish
Dan Broady* (20) 0/2R 15 2015 1T England Counties U20    Gloucestershire OS Wing Forward: Coney Hill, Gloucester U18
Harry Hone (24) 6 6 2017 7T No8: Avonmouth OB, Moseley 62