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Raiders are on the road again this Saturday with a visit to Cambridgeshire to play the return fixture against Shelford RFC (‘The Peacocks’). This will be Raiders 7th visit to Shelford’s impressive facility, Davey’s Field, situated on the southerly edge of Cambridge a couple of miles from the City centre.
Shelford travelled to Roundstone Lane in November when Raiders put in an eye catching display taking maximum points with a six try, 41-13 victory.
Shelford, founded in 1933, started playing in a borrowed field near the railway station, with the nearby ‘Railway Tavern’ the meeting place for pre and post-match discussions. Around 1945 the club moved to the Recreation ground with a new HQ ‘The Peacock Inn’- the origin of the club emblem
WORTHING U15s PICKED FOR COUNTY
Congratulations to Worthing U15s who have had 4 of their team represent the Sussex U15 squad against Surrey at Hurstpierpoint College over the weekend.
Those chosen ( in no particular order) were:
Harrison Sims, George Hammond, Calum Erskine and Alex Ward
Well done to the boys, coaches and everyone helping and supporting the U15s.
Raiders were missing some key players for their re-arranged game against Bishop’s Stortford which they lost 29 – 10.
It was Bishop’s Stortford who had the opportunity to go ahead after only two minutes but missed the attempted penalty kick.
For the next fifteen minutes the game was fairly even with both sides playing attacking rugby but neither side were able to score.
Bishop’s Stortford scored first in the 16th minute when their fly half received the ball from a line out and kicked cross field for the corner. Raiders fumbled and Tom Whiteley gathered the ball and sprinted over to score in the corner. The attempted conversion missed.
In the 22nd minute Bishop’s Stortford had to re-arrange their back line when scrum half Mahoney went off injured and full back Whiteley stepped into the scrum half position. This seemed to give a new dynamic to the Bishop’s Stortford game and they started to take a little more control.
ENGLAND COUNTIES CALL UP FOR CHARLIE MCGOWAN
ENGLAND COUNTIES XV have included three new caps in their starting line-up for their first international against Scotland Club XV at Fylde’s Woodlands Memorial Ground on Friday February 27 (7.30pm).
Fylde captain Evan Stewart will make his England Counties debut on his home club ground with fellow newcomers Blackheath prop Aston Croall and Worthing Raiders lock Charlie McGowan also included in the pack.
Click on this link to watch an interview with Charlie by the Worthing Herald:
Video of interview
McGowan’s previous representative honours include an appearance for the Barbarians against the Combined Services at Plymouth in the annual Remembrance Match in November 2013.
McGowan’s call-up increases the number of new caps in the England Counties XV squad to eight.
The Scotland Club XV match is the only home fixture for the England Counties XV this season and will be followed by a trip to Perigeux to play France Federale XV on March 20 and two matches in Romania on their summer tour in early June.
Tickets for the England Counties XV v Scotland Club XV international at Fylde on February 27 can be obtained from: Fylde RFC, The Woodlands Memorial Ground, Blackpool Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 4EL. Telephone: 01253 734733 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prices are: adult £8.00, concessions £5.00, under 16s £2.00, under 16s accompanied by an adult, free.
Congratulations to Charlie on his selection and we wish him well in the match
WORTHING RAIDERS AT BISHOP'S STORTFORD
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28TH
Worthing Raiders will be playing the re-arranged match at Bishop's Stortford on Saturday. Due to the lighter evenings, the kick off time is 2.30pm.
All travelling support is very much appreciated.
RAIDERS A v ROYAL NAVY
After last year's successful game against the Army, Worthing Raiders A will play the Royal Navy at Combined Services Sports Ground Portsmouth on Tuesday 24th February with a KO of 7.45pm.
The Royal Navy are taking this very seriously having played Richmond 2 already, in the build up to their Twickenham game against the Army on 9th May.
Please come along and support the boys , its only 45 mins to Portsmouth.
Worthing Raiders played host to Launceston winning 25 – 13 in a variable and physical encounter.
Raiders started like a greyhound out of the traps scoring straight from the kick off when the ball was passed along the back line to Ben Loosmore who after a blistering 20 metre sprint passed to Matt McLean to score in the corner. McLean missed the attempted conversion.
Launceston appeared un-phased by this early score and went on the offensive.
Kieron Lewitt missed an early penalty conversion attempt but made amends a couple of minutes later when he successfully converted a penalty after 6 minutes.
At this stage both sides appeared evenly matched but it was Launceston who took the lead in the 13th minute after Harry Davies sprinted over to score try from twenty metres out having broken three tackles after a series of drives involving the forwards and backs. Kieron Lewitt successfully converted.
Launceston continued to play positively and extended their lead in the 33rd minute with another Kieron Lewitt penalty conversion whilst Raiders were starting to make handling errors and were losing out in the set piece, particularly in the lineout.
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Worthing Ladies Rugby team travelled to Bournemouth at the weekend for their return league fixtures against leaders Oakmeadians Ladies, who they smashed at home last weekend 46-5.
Freezing rain set in on arrival creating conditions far from ideal for Worthing: having the league’s smallest pack, and arguably the quickest backs.
Despite the weather, Worthing started with confidence and went ahead scoring first. In an end to end game with 9 tries in total, Worthing missed out in a double win losing 32-19. more...
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Launceston RFC (aka Cornish All Blacks) pay their third visit to Roundstone Lane for a National League match. Raiders visited their ground 'Polson Bridge' on 8th November and returned empty handed 29-19.
The club was founded in 1948, after an inaugural meeting chaired by the then Headmaster of Launceston College. A rented council pitch, scaffolding poles for posts and ex-army huts serving as clubhouse and changing rooms were the initial facilities. After further moves the ground at Polson Bridge was purchased in 1969, with developments such as floodlights, enlarged clubhouse, present changing rooms and finally the Grandstand being added over the years.
Launceston have always been known as 'The Cornish All Blacks' as their colour was chosen to be black at the outset. Folklore has it that the players' wives made the initial set of jerseys from old black-out curtains! An unlikely tale, but a good yarn. A few years ago the club tried to register the name as a trademark, but ran into some legal difficulties with another team, miles and miles away, of similar title.
LRFC won the Cornwall cup in 1981 (the first of many). They were promoted to the National League system in 2000. They achieved promotion to level 3 in 2002, lasted a season but bounced straight back in 2004. In 2006/7 the club achieved promotion to level 2, but again this was only for one season. In 2009/10 the club finished 3rd in level 3, at that time, the 27th league position in the structure.
Worthing Ladies clocked up a thumping 46-5 win at the weekend over league leaders Oakmedians Ladies.
Fuelled up following a crucial win in their last fixture, Worthing took to the pitch and treated supporters to an 8 try bonanza. more...
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