Dawson delighted with Worthing’s spirit

Raiders head coach Kieron Dawson
Raiders head coach Kieron Dawson

WORTHING Raiders Rugby Club head coach Kieron Dawson admitted his side’s spirit impressed him on Saturday.

Raiders recorded their first win of the season, at the second attempt, in National 2 South, following a 19-16 triumph over Old Elthamians at Roundstone Lane.

That was the ideal response for Worthing after they slipped to a 31-18 defeat at Clifton on the opening day.

Saturday’s success was not the best rugby Raiders have played but Dawson was pleased with the way his team came through and said: “It was a great victory for us and I was particularly impressed with the nature of it.

“We had to fight for everything in the game, so it was very pleasing to come out with a win.

“Old Elthamians are very good and, on paper, they should be beating us with some of the players they have recruited.

“We were missing a few through injury and unavailability but in the end our sheer dog and determination got us through.

“To come away from this match with a win against a side who were predicted as pre-season league favourites is superb.”

Raiders travel to Barnes for their next league fixture on Saturday and Dawson sees it as a winnable clash.

He added: “On paper, that is a game we should win but rugby is played on a pitch and we will take nothing for granted.

“They are a bit of an unknown quantity so we will go there and give it our best shot and, with a couple coming back, we have a good chance.”

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