4th February 2017 Kick-off 2pm
Clifton travel from Bristol for their seventh visit to Roundstone Lane for a National League 2 fixture. Raiders visited Cribbs Causeway last October returning pointless (33 -17).
Clifton RFC was founded in 1872 and is the 22nd oldest club in England. The founding meeting took place at ‘The Kings Arms’ on Blackboys Hill in Clifton. The pub is still there although it has been rebuilt and changed name a few times. It is now The Kings Arms again! The club has played at a number of different locations throughout North Bristol, but never apparently in Clifton itself. Since 1976 the club has been based at the southerly end of Cribbs Causeway.
This historic club has a considerable number of ex-international players who have donned Clifton colours, especially in the earlier days, there is a website specifically devoted to the subject (cliftonrfchistory).
The club has strong links with Bristol and their Academy. It turns out 2 or 3 Senior XVs on Saturdays, Junior/Mini Rugby taking over on Sundays. In 2009 Clifton Ladies RFC became affiliated to Bristol Rugby.
Club Colours: Lavender/Black Jerseys, black stockings/shorts
Club Motto: Dum Ludimus Ludamus…’While we play let us play’
Worthing v Clifton over the years
Clifton were promoted to level 4 after season 2005-6 having defeated favourites Richmond at the Athletic Ground 3 -12 (3 drop goals from John Barnes) in a play-off match. They lasted a couple of seasons at that level, before reappearing after Season 2008-9 as South West 1 Champions.
The results (and final league positions) in the series between the clubs are:
2009-10 W20 C27 C55 W18 W 6th C 5th
2010-11 C10 W9 W37 C30 W 8th C 9th
2011-12 C8 W28 W54 C10 W 3rd C 9th
2012-13 W58 C3 C21 W 38 W 2nd C 12th
2013-14 No fixture Raiders promoted to level 3
2014-15 C34 W40 W24 C17 W 5th C 13th
2015-16 C31 W18 W34 C33 W 11th C 12th
2016-17 C33 W17
15th October Clifton 33 Raiders 17…a card fest
Raiders got off to a difficult start losing influential lock forward Charlie McGowan to a nasty leg injury in the first couple of minutes, but an early try from Alex Nielsen, converted by McLean, lifted the spirits. The first half was relatively even, prop forward Giltrow pulling back a try for the home side at the mid-way point of the half. Brad Barnes landing 3 penalties and a conversion with a further penalty from McLean saw a score line 16-10 at the break. Clifton had much the better of the second period with tries from speedy backs Ian Clark and James Newey (an interception). The un-erring boot of Brad Barnes saw the board at 33-10 after 55 minutes, although a try and conversion from McLean late in the contest, added a little respectability to the score line. Referee Louis Caviglia had a busy time with yellow cards which Raiders won 3-2.
Clifton:- Clark, Newey, Harrison, Wells, Pomphrey, Barnes, Spencer, Booley, Wheeler, Giltrow, Hawkins, Cannock, Bayliss, Luxton, To’oala.
Bench: Bullimore, Williams, Woodward, Chesters, Watters.
Raiders: – McLean, Coxon-Smith, Wilcockson, Richards, Neilsen, Leeming, Peach, Storer, Hadfield, Sargent, Barlow, McGowan, White P, Smith, Perkins.
Bench: Harris, Burns, Lake, Loosmore, Montgomery.
Clifton (like Raiders) were amongst the 10 clubs jostling to avoid the relegation zone. Their solid home form with 10 wins and a draw saw them through (like Raiders). In the end they accumulated 66 points (Raiders 69 points). Top points scorer was James MacKay with 161 points, Brad Barnes had 126 points. Top try scorer was Will Pomphrey with14. Sam Harrison and Brad Barnes both made 29 appearances, with props Charlie Bullimore and Alex Giltrow putting in 28 appearances.
The season so far……P20 W10
After getting off to a slow start, losing 5 out of the first 6 fixtures they are more or less back on track with a 50/50 record, ninth in the league with 47 points. The pick of their victories since the visit of Raiders are probably the result at Taunton (30-32), along with success against LIWG (27-15) and Redingensians (25-19). There was also a great display recently at Canterbury (25-42). Last weekend they lost to title contenders Bishop’s Stortford (18-43).
As usual a list of the players used in the last couple of fixtures is provided together with more detail as to their credentials. Brad Barnes, who has featured in all the fixtures, is once again the leading points scorer topping the 140 mark. Full-back Ian Clark is leading the try scorers with 8, whilst back-row forward Max Woodward is leading try scorer in the pack with 5.
The front row combination of Charlie Bullimore, Elliot Booley, Alex Giltrow and Dave Wheeler have featured in most of the matches.
|Name (Age) *played 15th Oct||Apps 2016-17||Tot app||Join||Pts||Honours||Position/Previous Clubs *previously played v Raiders|
|Ian Clark *(24)||15/2R||27||2015||8T/1C||Full Back/Wing: Hartpury* 42, Gloucester 5, Coventry* 6.|
|Elias Caven (20)||1||1||2017||–||Full Back: SGS Filton, Hartpury 5, Sumner RFC (NZ), Bristol Academy|
|Jordan Kelly (28)||5/1R||55||2012||1T||Wing: Exmouth 6.|
|Will Pomphrey* (29)||9/1R||146||2009||1T||Full Back/Wing/Centre: –|
|Finlay Sharp (19)||5/6R||11||2016||3T||Wing: Gloucester Junior Academy, Stroud|
|James Newey* (18)||9/1R||10||2016||3T/3C/ 1P||Ire U18||Centre: Christ College Brecon, Bristol Academy|
|Sam Harrison* (25)||16||108||2011||2T||Somerset||Centre: UWE|
|Danny Wells* (30)||15||60||2014||6T||Played v Raiders 15 times||Centre: Henley Hawks* 154, WaspsA&7s|
|Brad Barnes*||19/1R||89||2012 2015||1T/37C21P/1dg||Somerset||Fly Half: Lydney*28|
|Mitchell Spencer* (23)||12/3R||38||2014||1T||Somerset||Scrum Half: Dings* 12, Hartpury 15|
|George Thomas||7/2R||31||2014||1T||Scrum Half: Clifton Youth|
|Charlie Bullimore* (22)||12/5R||126||2012||1T||LH Prop: Clifton Youth|
|Alex Giltrow*||19/1R||48||2015||4T||Somerset||TH Prop: Clevedon|
|Elliot Booley* (28)||9/10R||23||2011 2016||Prop: Loughborough S 35, Richmond 9, Cinderford 67|
|Dave Wheeler* 30||13/4R||44||2015||1T||Somerset||Hooker: Dings* 202, Cinderford 8|
|Mike Barber (32)||3||32||2014||Lock: Pontypool 50+|
|John Hawkins* (20)||16||23||2016||Eng U18||Lock: Stowe School, Bristol & Northampton Academies|
|Henry Harper (21)||4/2R||6||2016||Somerset||Lock: Hartpury 2.|
|Rhys Luckwell(25)||3/4R||34||2015||Wing Forward: Dings15, Cardiff , Cardiff University, Cinderford4|
|Max Woodward* (26)||13/5R||57||2014||5T||Wing Forward: Cardiff Blues|
|Christopher Rovery||2||2||2017||1T||Wing Forward: Lydney* 18, Cinderford 5.|
|Josh Bayliss* (19)||8||8||2016||2T||Eng U18/19||Wing Forward: Wellington, Millfield, Bath Academy|
|Alfie To’Aola Vaeluaga* (36)||10/2R||34||2015||3T||Samoa (6)||No8/Wing Forward: Rotherham Titans 74, Orrell 25, Plymouth 49, Bristol 65, York C 42, L.Welsh 14,Chinnor 26.|
|Mike Uren||3/5R||31||2015||2T||No8/Lock: Dings* 60, Cinderford 10.|
|Andrew Chesters* (24)||13/5R||18||2016||1T||–||No8/Lock: Hartpury 12, Launceston* 20, Plymouth 17|
Another testing fixture for Raiders…..but this time on home turf!!!