Dawson – We still need to start firing on all cylinders

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Worthing Raiders Rugby Club head coach Kieron Dawson is calling on his side to start firing on all cylinders.

A late Rob Smith try when Raiders were down to 14 men helped them seal a narrow 20-16 win away at Lydney on Saturday – their fourth consecutive win to start the season.

The close nature of the win, however, meant Raiders failed to take a bonus point from the match which is the first point they have dropped in National 2 South this season.

Despite that, Dawson is still striving for perfection and was somewhat frustrated, that after calls to tighten up at the back last week, it was Raiders’ attacking play that was strewn with errors at Lydney.

It seems Raiders have taken on board the disappointment of missing out on promotion last year, and the former Irish international is pushing to get the very best from his side this term.

He said: “It was a very strange game and quite different to how well we have played in attack.

“It was the reverse of last week as we have been very strong in attack in recent weeks.

“We were better in defence so it’s pleasing in that aspect, but there is still plenty to work on.

“Having said that, there needs to be plenty of credit given to them as they played well, but we came away with the win in what was a potential banana skin.

“When we get both firing on the same day we’ll be a top side.

“The attitude of the players was exemplary, though. They dug in and never gave up, even when we were down to 14, we came back strong which was very pleasing.”

Having fallen 6-0 behind to a Tony Wicks penalty and then a drop goal, Worthing’s Greg Sullivan touched down on 23 minutes. Jamie Redmayne then found a gap under the posts, and although Matt McLean’s conversion hit the post, the try put them 10-6 ahead at the break.

Lydney’s Alex Hall crossed within two minutes of the restart and Wicks converted to make it 13-10. But McLean soon levelled proceedings with a penalty.

Worthing then had Pete Cleveland yellow-carded for an offside infringement, which allowed Wicks to kick the home side ahead again, before Smith’s try, converted by McLean, gave Raiders the win.

Raiders travel to Chinor on Saturday.

WORTHING: Pointing, Miles, McIntyre, Stutchbury, Barlow, Redmayne, Hewick, Smith, Leeming, Luke, Sullivan, Sloan, Richards, Maslen, McLean. Subs: Cleveland, Whittall, Burns, Govett, Clayton.