Peter Gavin previews Worthing Raiders v Redruth


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.

Background stuff

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).

The players…..

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