Raiders get back to winning ways

WORTHING Raiders Rugby Club returned to winning ways on Saturday after four successive defeats with a comfortable 48-14 win over Hinckley at Roundstone Lane.

A bonus-point win was nothing less than Raiders deserved as they dispatched the second-from-bottom National 2 South side, who had picked up just their second league win the previous weekend.

Tries from Finlay Coxon-Smith (two), Matt Miles (two), Shane Costigan and Joe Govett, as well as the industrious kicking from Matt McLean sealed the victory.

Raiders team manager David Hinchliffe said: “It was nice to be at home again, as we haven’t played at the Rugby Park since November, so it was nice for the people of Worthing to get some rugby, and even nicer to get back to winning ways.

“Finlay came in at number eight, having not been in the back row for a while, and got his two tries and had a storming game, while Mickey Pointing came on as a sub and it was great to see him on the field here again.

“At 10-9 after Hinckley got their penalties you could see it got the belief back into them, but they seemed to struggle as the game went on and in the end we were a bit fitter.”

Worthing held a 24-9 half-time lead having controlled most of the half, albeit a few penalties had put Hinckley in contention with the score at 10-9.

McLean opened the scoring with a penalty after five minutes. But Hinckley’s Guy Swadling then put over his first of two penalties from the halfway line, sandwiched in between was a converted Coxon-Smith try and a Swadling drop goal.

Another Coxon-Smith try on the half-hour mark gave Raiders some breathing space, before Miles went over with two minutes of the half left to put them firmly in control, as McLean was on hand to kick all three conversions from the tries.

Immediately from the restart Hinckley won a lineout from a penalty, and broke the line for Thomas Morris get them back into the game.

But the hope was short-lived as Worthing responded with most of the possession and territory, and more importantly, a scoring penalty kick from McLean.

Costigan then touched down under the posts, which McLean duly converted, while Govett also crossed the line after McLean had pierced the defence at pace on 75 minutes, before he was again on target with the kick.

Miles finished the scoring with a quickly-taken penalty near the Hinckley posts and McLean’s boot again secured the extras for their first win of the year.

WORTHING: McLean, Briggs, Sullivan, Dunckley, Nielsen, Dudley, Costigan, Bruce, Miles, Webster, Pitchford, McGowan, Arthur, Redmayne, Coxon-Smith. Subs: Pointing, Emmett, Hewick, Marsh, Govett.

Next up for Worthing is a trip to Shelford on Saturday. Kick-off is 2pm.