An excellent first 20mins leading to a 15-0 lead for the Raiders Academy and all looked rosy in the garden. Tries from Holmes and Law, points from the boot of Tomlinson delivered the feel goods for the growing crowd.
Then the wheels came off the Raiders wagon. Penalties conceded rocketed while offensive productivity plummeted. The Raiders were mainly to blame for this as management of the official was not good. Silly penalties were heaped upon silly penalties and this gave all the momentum to the visitors.
Collyers had their purple patch while down to 14 and Worthing didn’t react well. The score at the half was 15-7 Raiders and it was all still to play for.
Collyers were now attacking up the hill with a slight breeze at their backs and a multitude of penalties thrown their way by the home team. Worthing still unable to get a read on the interpretations of the main man, this leading to a building of pressure and eventually 3 more points to the visitors. 15-10 Raiders.
With only a few minutes to go, Worthing built some pressure and smashed over the gain line as had been spoken about in the build up to the match. This created opportunities in the defensive structure to attack and Worthing did so effectively. The ball was moved to the wing and Marcus Law was able to step inside the slid defence and power over the line for the score. Will Sanderson notched the extras and it looked more comfortable at 22-10 Raiders.
The final whistle went soon after and a frustrated group of players were pleased with the first result of the season if not the performance.
The Raiders have Portsmouth Grammar School next week in the NatWest Cup while the Greens have Chichester College in their first Sussex League match both away and both incredibly tough fixtures.
MOM: Freddy Holmes
Tries: Law 2, Holmes
Cons: Tomlinson, Sanderson