Peter Gavin previews Worthing Raiders v Redruth


Worthing Raiders v Redruth RFC

13th January 2018

Kick off 2pm

Redruth RFC ‘The Reds’ journey from Cornwall to make their sixth visit to Roundstone Lane for a National 2 South fixture. Their previous visits have produced memorable matches (see below), Raiders lead the home series 3-2…with the aggregate points differential 101- 100.

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 60’s, 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 1930’s 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 Trelawney’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 John Player 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 level 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: R 20 – W 19

September 2017 Redruth 20 Raiders 19

Raiders are yet to win at the Rec, but it unlikely to get closer than this! Raiders scored in the 78th minute through a try from George Head 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. Hell-fire corner erupted with ecstatic Cornish celebrations!

Redruth: Rule, Coote, Simmons, Parsons, Cant, Hosking, Oulton, Pattison, Brown, Williams, Hattam, Howe, Fox, Priddey, Marriott.

Bench: Gidlow, Thomsett, Fuca, Higgins, Kevern.

Raiders: Leeming, Maslen, Richards, Forrest, Boyland, McLean, Walsh, Head, Harris, Sargent, Spurgeon, Worrall, Lake, Price, Redmayne.

Bench Gearing-Grief, Litterick, Lee, Hampson, Ajayi.

Last season

The Reds had another great season finishing 5th with 101points with 19 wins and a draw. The only teams to achieve the double were promoted Old Elthamians and rather surprisingly London Irish Wild Geese, 21-22 at the Rec and 29-21 in Sunbury. Canterbury (26-34) and Taunton (18-22) were the only other teams to grasp a win at the Rec stronghold. Top try score was Alex Ducker (now at Hartpury) who amassed 24 tries in only 21 matches. Stalwart back row forward, Chris Fuca, started in all 30 matches.

 So far this season…..P17/ W10/ L7…5th 52 points …Raiders 8th (47 points)

A reasonable season so far although the defeat last Saturday at Wimbledon (33-28) caught a few pundits by surprise. The other defeats all on the road have been to Redingensians (21-12), Cinderford (49-19), Barnstaple (29-24), Taunton (34-17) and Canterbury (18-16). Their only defeat on home turf was against Chinnor (13-20). Skipper Richard Brown (hooker) has started every match along with centre Jack Simmons who has featured every week, although he went off injured last week at Wimbledon.  Stalwart Chris Fuca (wing forward) has been on loan to Cornish Pirates.

The players…..

As usual a list of players used in recent fixtures is provided along with a little further information as to credentials.


Clearly this fixture has all the hallmarks of another epic encounter, please add your support from the touchline……..



Name (Age)       *played v Raiders 23.09.19 Apps 2017- 8 Total Apps Join Points Honours        Position/Previous Clubs

*previously played v Raiders

Alex ‘AJ’ Cant* (18) 8/2R 10 2017 5T   Full Back/Wing: Camborne, Chiefs U18, Pirates PDF
Robert Coote* (25) 16 35 2015 4T GB Universities Scrum Half/Full Back: CAB 5, Chiefs 2, Pirates 2,

Exeter University

Dean Bonds (25) 4 91 2011 2T Cornwall Wing/Full Back: Redruth Youth.
Matt Bowden (30) 10 79 2008 5T Cornwall Royal Navy Wing:
Connor Gilbert (18) 7/2R 12 2017 2T Cornwall U18 Wing: Redruth Youth, Chiefs U18
Jack Simmons* (21) 12/5R 17 2017 4T Cornwall Centre/Wing:  Drybrook, Camborne
Palepoi Nonu (39) Coach 0/1R 42 2015 1T   Centre: CAB*48, Rotherham Titans 49, Pirates* 67,

Plymouth Albion 12.

Neilson Webber (28) 13/2R 99 2014 2T/5C/ 1P England Counties Cornwall Centre: Old Patesians 16, Launceston* 49
Sam Parsons* (vc30) 14/2R 183 2007 1T England Colleges  Cornwall Centre: Pirates 11, Mounts Bay 27
Richard Kevern* (26) 4/4R 10 2010-11 2017 11C/1P   Fly Half: Clifton 3
Jack Oulton* (22) 7 31 2016   Cornwall U20 Scrum Half: Truro College, Chiefs, Pirates 7, Launceston*  15.
Connor Swan 7/5R 12 2017 1T   Scrum Half:
Jess Tompsett* 9/2R 68 2013 1T Cornwall LH Prop: Brighton
Tipiloma Kivalu (30) 6/7R 13 2017 6T   TH Prop: Navan (Ireland), Chinnor 3, Coventry 23, Otley 24.
Ethan Pattison* 4/9R 13 2017 1T   LH Prop: Penryn, Camborne, Cornish Rebels (RL), Truro
Craig Williams* 11/1R 118 2006   England Counties Cornwall TH Prop: Macclesfield 39,St Ives
Jack Hodge (19) 4/5R 12 2017 1T Cornwall U20 Prop: Redruth Youth
Richard Brown* (c) (31) 17 205 2008 5T Cornwall Hooker: Truro, Cheltenham
Luke Hattam* (22) 8/1R 55 2015   Cornwall U20 Lock: Redruth Youth, Chiefs U18
Ed Pascoe (25) 13 19 2016 3T Royal Navy Lock: Gosport & Fareham, Pirates 5.
Shaun Buzza 7/4R 42 2011 3T   Lock: Redruth Youth, Camborne
Ben Fox* (30) 8 41 2007   Royal Navy Lock/Wing Forward: Stalwart
Sam Stevens (21) 2/3R 27 2014 2T   OS Wing Forward/Scrum Half: Pirates Youth
Chris Fuca* (32) 9/2R 300 2005 4T England Colleges Cornwall BS Wing Forward: Stalwart
Mark Grubb 2/3R 26 2016     Wing Forward: Wadebridge Camels
Kyle Marriott* (30) 10/3R 94 2014 3T Barbarians  Devon No8: Crediton, Lydney 22, Plymouth 61, Pirates* 67.
Brad Howe * (22) 10/5R 60 2014   Cornwall No 8/Lock: Pirates, Helston, Chiefs Academy