It’s massively important to stay up – Dawson

Raiders head coach Kieron Dawson
Raiders head coach Kieron Dawson

Head coach Kieron Dawson admits it is massively important Worthing Raiders remain in National 2 South.

Raiders have dropped to fourth from bottom, just three points ahead of third-from-bottom Dorking and the relegation zone, ahead of the meeting between the two sides at Roundstone Lane on Saturday.

A bonus-point win will secure Raiders’ place in the division for next season and Dawson said: “It’s massively important to stay up.

“Plans are already being made for next season and we’re already talking to players as we want to try to get promotion from this division.

“We want the players to go out, relax and play their normal game on Saturday but there is obviously going to be pressure.

“It’s in our own hands, though. If we win on Saturday, nothing else matters, so we’ll only have ourselves to blame if we don’t stay up.”

Raiders captain Scott Barlow will be back after missing the 30-12 defeat at Taunton on Saturday.

Alex Nielsen is also available and Dawson hopes Josh Elliott will feature as well.

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