Raiders back to winning ways with home victory

Alex Nielsen looks to go on a run forward against Cindeford on Saturday. Picture: Stephen Goodger
Alex Nielsen looks to go on a run forward against Cindeford on Saturday. Picture: Stephen Goodger

Worthing Raiders Rugby Club got back on the winning trail with a hard-fought 21-15 National 2 South victory over Cinderford at Roundstone Lane on Saturday.

Alex Wilcockson was the match-winner for Worthing as he produced two moments of magnificent individual skill to help his side to victory.

Alex Nielsen is tackled by a Cinderford player on Saturday. Picture: Stephen Goodger

Alex Nielsen is tackled by a Cinderford player on Saturday. Picture: Stephen Goodger

After winning both of their opening two league matches, Raiders fell to a first defeat at Bury St Edmunds last time out, however Worthing swiftly got back to winning ways to make it two out of two at home this season.

James Moffat fired Cinderford into an early lead after Raiders had conceded an early penalty in front of the posts.

Both sides were attacking each other, without being able to go over for a score, before Matt McLean’s penalty hauled the home side level on 16 minutes.

With Cinderford in control of the game, Worthing began to exert some real pressure and Wilcockson went over for the first try of the afternoon after 25 minutes.

Finlay Coxon-Smith’s superb offload found Wilcockson who embarked on a 40-yard run before going over.

McLean made no mistake with his conversion to fire Raiders into a 10-3 lead.

Both sides cancelled each other out for the remainder of the first half, with Worthing going in seven points up.

Cinderford were back to within four points just a minute after the break as Moffat successfully fired over a penalty.

Although Raiders were looking dangerous, their game was peppered with errors and Cinderford closed the gap even further five minutes later.

Worthing were once again penalised with a penalty awarded and Moffat was on hand to convert leaving Raiders with a 10-9 advantage.

Following a number of penetrating drives forward, Worthing were awarded a penalty of their own on 64 minutes as McLean opened up a small lead margin once again.

But back came Cinderford and two more penalties were handed to them before 70 minutes had been played, with Moffat converting both to fire the away side into a lead for the first time.

With eight minutes left, McLean fired Raiders back in front with a penalty, before Wilcockson bagged his and Worthing’s second try on 75 minutes.

McLean couldn’t convert but with time running out Raiders now lead 21-15.

Worthing were left hanging on at the end as Scott Barlow was shown a yellow card leaving the home side to hang of with 14-men but they did to seal a third victory from four this season.

Raiders make the trip to Old Elthamians in the league on Saturday.

RAIDERS: Storer, Harris, Burns, Barlow, Redmayne, Smith, White, Perkins; Peach, Leeming, Nielsen, Richards, Wilcockson, Coxon-Smith, McLean. Subs: Hadfield, Sargent, Gatford, Lake, Govett.

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