Raiders to start National 1 campaign on the road

W11818H13 WH WORTHING RUGBY PIC S.G. 09.03.2013''Worthing v Shelford  second try
W11818H13 WH WORTHING RUGBY PIC S.G. 09.03.2013''Worthing v Shelford second try
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WORTHING Raiders Rugby Club will kick-off their first-ever National 1 game at Wharfedale, in North Yorkshire, on September 7.

After their dramatic promotion from National 2 South, with a last-gasp play-off victory over Stourbridge, Raiders have received their fixtures for their debut season in the top National League and start their 2013-14 campaign on the road.

In fact, the fixtures have not been too kind for Worthing, who have somewhat a baptism of fire with four of their first six fixtures on the road - some of which are the furthest away trips of the season.

The season starts on Saturday, September 7, with Raiders having a 582-mile round trip to Wharfedale, while fellow promoted side Henley Hawks host Tynedale.

Other opening day fixtures are Old Albanians v Fylde, Blaydon v Loughborough Students, Cinderford v Rosslyn Park, Doncaster v Blackheath, Hull Ionians v Coventry and Richmond v Esher.

Raiders’ first home game is the following week, when they host Blackheath at Roundstone Lane.

December 28, February 22, March 15 and April 19 have currently been reserved as free weekends, while Raiders finish their season at home to opening-day opponents Wharfedale on April 26.

Worthing Raiders’ 2013-14 fixtures:

September 7: Wharfedale (a)

September 14: Blackheath (H)

September 21: Doncaster (a)

September 28: Fylde (a)

October 5: Loughborough Students (H)

October 12: Tynedale (a)

October 19: Esher (H)

October 26: Rosslyn Park (a)

November 2: Coventry (H)

November 9: Hull Ionians (a)

November 16: Cinderford (H)

November 23: Richmond (a)

November 30: Henley Hawks (H)

December 7: Blaydon (a)

December 14: Old Albanians (H)

December 21: Blackheath (a)

December 28: free week

Janunary 4, 2014: Doncaster (H)

January 11: Fylde (H)

January 18: Loughborough Students (a)

January 25: Tynedale (H)

February 1: Esher (a)

February 8: Rosslyn Park (H)

February 15: Coventry (a)

February 22: free week

March 1: Hull Ionians (H)

March 8: Cinderford (a)

March 15: free week

March 22: Richmond (H)

March 29: Henley Hawks (a)

April 5: Blaydon (H)

April 12: Old Albanians (a)

April 19: free week

April 26: Wharfedale (H)