Worthing Raiders 7 Rams 53
Match report by Colin Coulson and photos by Warwick Baker
Only five games to go and this weekend saw Champions Elect, Rams, visiting Roundstone Lane. They have had an excellent season and look set to take their place in National One next season.
With Raiders now getting closer to the relegation zone this was clearly not the fixture they needed at this crucial stage of the season.
With several senior players still missing and the unavailability of Elliott Luke, Jack Lake, Jordan Gibson, Jack Lee, Ben Holt and Jon Whittall the squad was being stretched to its limits. Will Grief, Sam Cook, Michael Dingle, Ryan Maguire, Dave Winsor and Will Fowler (who was making his debut) were brought into the match day squad.
The game was dominated by Rams who scored their forth try after half an hour’s play, thus achieving their first goal of a bonus try. By half time they led by twenty nine points.
Half time score: Worthing Raiders 0 Rams 29
Raiders made a better job of things for twenty minutes of the second half preventing any further scores by the visitors.
Curtis Barnes got raiders on the score sheet with a try in the sixty second minute and Matt McLean converted but this was too little too late and Rams eased away to complete the victory.
Full time score: Worthing Raiders 7 Rams 53
The final four games for Raiders will be very difficult having to play two of the top five and the two teams either side of them in the league. They will need to play well, have a bit of good luck and will require all the support you can give at each of these matches.
Referee: Dr Jonathan Cook
Tries: Curtis Barnes
Cons: Matt McLean
B & W Man of the Match: Curtis Barnes
- Harry Forrest 14. Jack Maslen 13. Harry Barlow 12. Jack Forrest (Winsor 71 mins) 11. Curtis Barnes 10. Matt McLean 9. Matt Walsh – Captain 1. Henry Birch (Cook 61 mins) 2. Will Grief 3. Rhys Litterick (Gatford 70 mins) 4. George Hammond (Dingle 64 mins) 5. Michael Dingle (Maguire 54 mins) 6. Rob Cuffe 7. George Harris (Fowler 70 mins) 8. Kiba Richards
- Grant Gatford 17. Sam Cook 18. Ryan Maguire 19. Will Fowler 20. Dave Winsor