SSE National League 1 Round 4 review

Newly promoted Raiders come out top

Last Updated: Oct 1, 2013 03:04pm
Sherbourne, Coventry
By Nicol McClelland
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Oliver Viney (Fylde) and Alex Nielsen (Worthing) both scored hat-tricks for their respective sides but it was the newly-promoted Raiders who came out on top in an extraordinary game of 95 points, 15 tries and seven yellow cards at the Woodlands.

Fylde's 45-50 defeat was their first of the season, leaving Doncaster Knights, Coventry and Esher as the only sides to have won all four games to date.

Doncaster picked up maximum points on the road following a 35-5 win over Cinderford in the Forest of Dean. Skipper and lock Matt Challinor led the way with a brace of tries and backs Tyson Lewis, Dave Clark and Paul Jarvis also got on the scoresheet. Dougie Flockhart landed all five conversion attempts.

Coventry claimed a bonus-point, 32-15 win over Henley in front of a crowd of 1,460 – their biggest home gate at the Butts Park Arena for over a season, while Esher recorded a 31-10 victory over Old Albanians at Molesey Road. Full-back Luke Daniels converted all four of his side's tries, two of which he scored himself, as well as adding a penalty for a 21-point haul.

Despite enjoying a great start to the season, Daniels does not top the division's points-scoring charts: that honour goes to Wharfedale fly-half Tom Barrett. Barrett kicked seven penalties and two conversions in the Greens' 40-27 away win against Tynedale to take his tally for the season to a mightily impressive 80 points.

Blackheath chalked up a half-century of points in another high-scoring affair against Loughborough Students. 'Club' looked to have the game sewn up by half-time having scored virtually a point a minute to lead 37-3 at the break, but the Students rallied in the second half to take a losing bonus point from a hugely entertaining contest. Wings Liam Gibson and Geoff Griffiths finished with two tries apiece for the Londoners, who went on to win 50-43 in front of a big crowd at Ashby Road.

Hull Ionians' wait for a first win in National League One continues for at least another week after they slipped to a 25-41 defeat against Richmond. Two tries from Richard Fletcher did help them to their first point of the season though. Fellow centre Stephen Slingsby and wing Jonathan Steel also dotted down as the division's new boys claimed a try bonus point. Blaydon remain on one point, too, following a 41-15 defeat at Rosslyn Park. Sam Katz kicked 21 points for the home side.



Cinderford 5 Doncaster Knights 35

Coventry 32 Henley 15

Esher 31 Old Albanians 10

Fylde 45 Worthing 50

Hull Ionians 25 Richmond 41

Loughborough Students 43 Blackheath 50

Rosslyn Park 41 Blaydon 15

Tynedale 27 Wharfedale 40


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