Worthing Raiders v Redruth
15th September 2018
NOTE kick off 2pm
Redruth travel from Cornwall for Raiders 1st home match of 2018/9 campaign.
This will be ‘The Reds’ 7th visit to Roundstone Lane for a National League 2 South fixture. Raiders lead the home series 4-2 (details below). The aggregate scores across the matches is 147-143.
Last season ‘The Reds’ visited us in January and despite the wintry conditions an exhilarating match took place with Raiders grabbing the win 46-43 with a try in the dying moments from skipper Liam Perkins.
Redruth RFC was founded way back in 1875, the same year as a number of other clubs in the region including Taunton and Plymouth. The club’s centenary tome can be viewed on-line.
A number of international players have represented the club, Richard Sharp a dashing outside half, who gained 14 caps for England and 2 for the Lions in the 60s, is probably the most famous. He scored a memorable try against Scotland in 1963. (It’s on You-tube!)
The ‘Lamb and Flag’ emblem is used by Redruth Council as well as the Rugby club. The mark was originally used on ingots within the extensive tin industry of which Redruth was at the centre.
The Rugby club is at the heart of the Town and was considered the top Cornish club for most of the last century. The move to the Recreation Ground in the 1930s provided a facility for 12,000 spectators (600 seated) and at the time was the third largest rugby ground in England. Fixtures against touring sides were staged. The ‘All Blacks’ played South Western Counties there in January 1973 winning 7-30. ‘Hell-Fire Corner’ must have been electric!
Rugby is a way of life to many in Cornwall, especially when Trelawny’s Army get on the march to support the ‘Black and Gold’. An unbelievable 17 charabancs (1500+ crowd!) turned up at Worthing in April 1999 for a county match against Sussex.
The Reds have been in the National League since the system started. Promoted to level 3 in 2005, despite travelling the length and breadth of the country, they remained at that level until 2011.
Fixtures with Raiders over the years…..
Worthing visited Redruth in the cup, 1988 & 2004, the home side progressing on both occasions.
The record for the League encounters so far is :
|2011 – 12||W 27 – R 25||R 37 – W 22||Worthing 3rd Redruth 6th|
|2012 – 13||W 27 – R 26||R 26 – W 22||Worthing 2nd Redruth 4th. Worthing promoted to L 3 after play-off.|
|2014 – 15||W 12 – R 10||R 22 – W 17||Worthing 5th Redruth 7th|
|2015 – 16||W 8 – R 10||R 24 – W 16||Worthing 11th Redruth 4th|
|2016 – 17||W 27 – R 29||R 33 – W 29||Worthing 12th Redruth 5th|
|2017 – 18||W 46 – R 43||R 20 – W 19||Worthing 7th Redruth 5th|
23rd September 2017 Redruth 20 Raiders 19 (Not again!)
Raiders are yet to win at ‘The Rec’, but it is unlikely to get closer than this! Raiders scored in the 78th Minute through a try scored by George Head duly converted by Matt McLean to nudge into the lead 15-19. At the restart Raiders could not retain possession and despite valiant defence were unable to prevent stalwart Matt Gidlow scoring an unconverted try deep into injury time. Hellfire corner erupted with ecstatic celebrations!
Redruth: Rule, Coote, Simmons, Parsons, Cant, Hosking, Oulton, Pattison, Brown, Williams, Hattam, Howe, Fox, Priddey, Marriott.
Bench: Tompsett, Gidlow, Fuca, Higgins, Kevern.
Scoring – Tries: Cant, Coote, Gidlow; Cons – Hosking; Penalty – Hosking
Raiders: Leeming, Maslen, Richards, Forrest J, Boyland, McLean, Walsh, Head, Harris, Sargent, Spurgeon, Worrall, Lake, Price, Redmayne.
Bench: Gearing-Grief, Litterick, Lee, Hampson, Ajayi.
Scoring -Tries: Maslen 2, Head; Cons: McLean 2
13th January 2018 Worthing Raiders 46 Redruth 43 (Phew!)
Spectators were warned that these encounters are not for the faint hearted and so it proved. A pulsating, some would say barn-storming, affair took place with the lead changing hands an amazing 9 times before skipper Liam Perkins crashed over for his side’s 7th try in the 78th minute. Redruth played a full part in this magnificent spectacle, a fine advert for National League rugby, 13 tries in a full-on, no holds barred encounter with never more than a few points in it either way. The electronic score-board operator had a busy afternoon. The official gate at 461 certainly got their monies worth! The visitors led at half time 19-21.
Raiders: McIlwaine, Maslen, Richards, Forrest J, Hampson, McLean, Walsh, Gatford, Luke, Litterick, Spurgeon, Redmayne, Price, Whittall, Perkins.
Bench: Gearing-Grief, Cook, Lake, Harris, Boyland.
Scoring -Tries: Luke 2, Hampson, Walsh, McIlwaine, McLean, Perkins; Cons: McLean 4; Pens: McLean 1
Redruth: Cant, Coote, Parsons, Nonu, Gilbert, Kevern, Swan, Tomsett, Brown, Williams, Buzza, Fuca, Marriott, Grubb, Howe.
Bench: Hodge, Kivalu, Prisk, Hosking, Bonds.
Scoring -Tries: Cant, Howe, Brown, Nonu, Grubb, Kevern; Cons: Kevern 5; Pens: Kevern1
Last season W16 / L14 89 points (5th) another satisfactory season…Top of the middle!
The Reds had another solid season, but for a couple of defeats on the road (LIWG 39-32, Barnstaple 29-24, Wimbledon 33-28) could possibly have edged closer to Taunton Titans who finished 4th on 101 points. In reality Cinderford & Chinnor were vying for the top two spots for the last few months of the season. As usual ‘The Rec’ form was rock solid with only the aforementioned teams leaving with a W.
Top points scorer was Richie Kevern with 140 points. Joint top try scorer with 9 was hooker Richard Brown, who was top of the appearance league with 29. They used 38 different players during the campaign.
So far this season…..P2 / W2
A terrific start with a win at recently promoted Ding’s Crusaders (17-25). It was Ding’s first defeat at their new facility ‘Shaftesbury Park’ which opened in February. The match was played on their new synthetic pitch. The Reds also turned in a cracking performance last Saturday edging out Taunton Titans (29-27).
As usual a list of players used in the first two fixtures is provided along with a little further information as to credentials.
Pre-season some pundits were pessimistic regarding their prospects this season as some influential long standing players were leaving:
Lewis Vinnicombe (wing) 250+ appearances (England Counties & Cornwall)-moving to Camborne
Chris Fuca (back row) 300+ appearances (England Colleges & Cornwall)-to coach St Ives RFC
Kyle Marriott (No 8) 100+ appearances (Pirates 67, Plymouth 61, Barbarians & Devon)-to coach at St Austell.
However a number of young talented players have been introduced together with a few from Exeter Chiefs who have been dual registered with Pirates and put out on loan to Reds. They still retain a number of influential experienced players, especially up front.
Another tough fixture awaits….although there is every prospect of another exciting high scoring encounter.
Please try to get along to support the team in their first home fixture….Kick off 2pm
|Name (Age) *played v Raiders||Apps 2018-9||Total Apps||Join||Points||Honours||Position/Previous Clubs *previously played v Raiders|
|TEAM v TAUNTON|
|Aaron Simmonds (18)||2||2||2018||1T/1C||England Count U18||Full Back: Penryn, Newquay Hornets, Truro College|
|Dean Bonds* (26)||2||103||2011||1T||Cornwall||Wing: Redruth Youth|
|Connor Gilbert* (19)||2||26||2017||–||Cornwall U18||Centre: Redruth Youth, Chiefs U18|
|Jack Simmons* (22)||1||23||2017||–||Cornwall||Centre: Drybrook, Camborne|
|Shea Cornish (19)||1/1R||2||2018||–||Cornwall U20||Wing: Penzance & Newlyn|
|Richie Kevern* (27)||2||25||2010/11 2017||3P/3C||Fly Half: Clifton 3|
|Jack Oulton* (22) Rugby Paper MoM v Dings||2||36||2016||1T||Cornwall U20||Scrum Half: Truro College, Chiefs, Pirates 7, Launceston* 15.|
|Jess Tompsett*||2||80||2013||–||LH Prop: Brighton|
|Matt Gidlow* (33)||1/1R||132||2007||–||Hooker /Prop: Sheffield Tigers 15|
|Craig Williams*||1||132||2006||–||Eng Count Cornwall||TH Prop: Macclesfield 39, St Ives|
|Ed Pascoe (25) Rugby Paper MoM v Taunton||1||26||2016||–||Royal Navy||Lock: Gosport & Fareham, Pirates 5.|
|Ben Fox* (30)||2||45||2007||–||Royal Navy||Lock: Stalwart|
|Sam Stevens (22)||1/1R||33||2014||–||BS Wing Forward: Pirates Youth|
|Mark Grubb*||2||33||2016||–||OS Wing Forward: Wadebridge Camels|
|Brad Howe * (23)||2||68||2014||–||Cornwall||No8: Pirates, Helston, Chiefs Academy|
|Eliot Salt (18)||0/2R||8||2018||–||Cornwall U20||LH Prop: St Austell, Chiefs U18|
|Angus Hallam (19)||0/1R||1||2018||–||Prop: Chiefs U18|
|Luke Barnes (19)||0/1R||1||2018||–||Cornwall U20||Hooker: Camborne|
|Todd Prisk*(23)||0/1R||36||2014||–||Cornwall||Lock: Fylde 8, Plymouth Albion 9.|
|James Tucker (18)||0/2||4||2018||1T||Cornwall U20||Full Back: Redruth Youth, Chiefs U18|
|Played v Dings|
|Neilson Webber * (29)||1||100||2014||1T||Eng Count Cornwall||Centre: Old Patesians 16, Launceston* 49|
|Luke Flack (19)||1||1||2018||–||Wing: Penzance & Newlyn, Chiefs Academy, Pirates Plymouth Albion|
|Jack Hodge* (20)||1||20||2017||–||Cornwall U20||LH Prop: Redruth Youth|
|Richard Brown* (32)||1||218||2008||–||Cornwall||Hooker: Truro, Cheltenham|
|Luke Hattam* (23)||1||61||2015||–||Cornwall U20||Lock: Redruth Youth, Chiefs U18|
|Jake Clemson (20)||1||10||2017||–||Lock: St Ives Youth, Chiefs, Pirates|