Late drama sees Raiders downed by Redruth

Matt McLean socred a try in Raiders' defeat to Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Stephen Goodger
Matt McLean socred a try in Raiders' defeat to Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Stephen Goodger
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Jess Tompsett’s converted try with the last play of the game ensured Redruth snatched a bonus-point 29-27 National League 2 South victory over Worthing Raiders Rugby Club at Roundstone Lane this afternoon.

Having withheld a deluge of pressure in the final five minutes, Raiders’ backline was breached by Tompsett to level the scores at 27-27. With the pressure on, Angus Taylor’s conversion crashed wide of a post, only for a retake to be ordered after Worthing charged down too soon. Taylor calmed himself and added the extras to help his side a dramatic victory at the second attempt.

Things didn’t start well for Raiders with Alexander Ducker going over after five minutes to fire Redruth 5-0 in front.

Worthing responded well, though, and two tries from full-back Matt McLean in the following 15 minutes helped the home side open up a 12-5 advantage.

Back came the visitors, with scores from both Luke Vinnicombe and Nielson Webber, on 28 and 34 minutes respectively, ensured they regained a 17-12 lead. McLean’s converted penalty with the last play of the half meant Raiders trailed by two-points at the interval.

A brace of converted tries from substitute Dan Sargent and then Sam Hewick within 13 minutes of the restart ensured a Raiders bonus-point as well as firing them 27-17 ahead with just under 30 minutes to play.

Tommy Phillips forced his way over for Redruth five minutes later to keep his side in touch, while also gaining them a bonus-point.

A tense final five minutes entailed for Raiders but just as they looked to have stood firm, Tompsett forced his way over to level things, before Taylor’s conversion won it for Redruth.

RAIDERS: Storer, Harris, Burns, Barlow, White, Whittall, Hewick, Smith; Peach, Leeming, Forrest, Richards, Coxon-Smith, Loosmore, McLean. Subs: Gatford, Sargent, Pitchford, Squire, Montgomery.

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