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.
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 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|