Dawson: Early red card galvanised Taunton

Scott Barlow will return for Raiders on Saturday
Scott Barlow will return for Raiders on Saturday

Worthing Raiders head coach Kieron Dawson says the early red card on Saturday galvanised Taunton.

Taunton were reduced to 14 men on ten minutes when Alec Chase was sent off for the use of a knee at the breakdown.

However, the hosts still went on to win 30-12 and Dawson said: “It was a very frustrating defeat as we just struggled to take our chances again.

“We had a few people missing and the red card seemed to galvanise their whole team.

“We’ve had it in the past where you raise your game when you have a player in the sinbin and they were fighting for their lives as they felt there was a sense of injustice with the decision.

“I didn’t really see what happened but Taunton aren’t known as a dirty side, so it was fairly unexpected.

“Maybe we relaxed a bit too much and it now makes Saturday’s game at home to Dorking a big one.

“Everyone wants to play in big games – obviously you’d rather they be at the top of the league – but this is a big game now to stay in the league and we need a big crowd to come out and support us.”

Alex Nielsen and Scott Barlow will both return, as could Josh Elliott, and Dawson said: “We’ve got guys coming back in and it will be great to have Alex available.

“In our last home game against Canterbury, he scored a try just before half-time that no one else in the team would have got and that gave us the momentum to go on and win.”

Saturday’s game kicks-off at 3pm at Roundstone Lane.

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