Back on the road this weekend and down the South coast and Worthing – Lovely place in the summer, not so much so in the depths of winter! Our friends from Worthing will not doubt welcome us warmly to Roundstone Lane.
Worthing currently are in 8th position n N2S, having won seven of their 11 games, and have lost only once at home, 26-39 against Southend. They have claimed the scalps of Westcombe Park, OA’s, Shelford, Dings and Lydney at Roundstone Lane so far.
Blind side flanker Karl Gibson, who finally broke into the 1st XV setup following some impressive performances, is aware that their pose some threats, "We are really looking forward to playing this weekend, after our last three team performances. We know Worthing are a good side and can cause a lot of problems, with there big forwards looking to slow our ball down and stop us from playing. We’ve been working hard in training and looking forward to building on our performance from last week."
A Brief History of Worthing RFC
Humble Beginnings In The Summer Of 1920
A group of local sportsmen meeting at York House formed the club on the 10th September 1920. They had no ground or equipment, and initially borrowed a field from a local farmer before moving to the Rotary Ground at Broadwater where the Cricketers Arms was used for changing. In the 1924-25 season the club moved to Rugby Road.
1927 And On The Way Up
The Rugby Road ground was the clubs home until 1927, when a six acre site was purchased in Castle Road, Tarring. The purpose built clubhouse was very modern for its day and was considerably extended over the years.
The original club colours were green and white stripes, which were also sported by Guildford. The choice of the present royal blue with chocolate and gold hoops was made in 1927. The scheme is an amalgamation of the colours of Dulwich, Mill Hill and Cranleigh where many of the team members had been to school.
The War Years
In 1939 the ground was closed and requisitioned for grazing, and later as a billet for Canadian troops. In 1946 the ground re-opened and the club played it’s rugby there for the next 30 years. During the 1970’s with the growth in Junior and Mini Rugby, it was apparent that we needed larger facilities.
Worthing RFC v Catford Bridge at Grove Road Ground, Worthing 31st March 1923
Back row : J Ashby / J Pitchford / W G Roberts / J Richards / A S Ivens / R G Wilshaw
Middle row : G A Saunders / E Hattemore (capt) / T L Foster / K G MacLeary
Front row : F Grevatt / J E Atkinson / E G Budd / C Hinds / R W Viggers
The Roundstone Lane Ground
In 1977 the club moved to it’s present location in Angmering, and the ground was officially opened in 1979 by Dickie Jeeps the former England international and then Chairman of the sports council. We provide up to six pitches, and have two floodlit pitches with TV quality floodlighting on one of them. The clubhouse has recently been extended with the aid of a lottery grant, enabling us to establish Women’s rugby, and add many new facilities.
Ex-pupils of Worthing High School for Boys formed the Old Azurians Rugby Football Club in 1927. The name derives from the school magazine, known as ”The Azurian”, and sporting an azure cover. In the 1970’s the club membership was opened up and they became known as the Azurians. In 1989 the Azurians amalgamated with Worthing RFC, which still benefits from an active number of OA’s in its ranks.
Centre of Excellence
From a farmers field near the seafront in 1920, Worthing RFC has progressed, and now offers first class rugby facilities, which have earned us the designation Centre of Excellence for Sussex Rugby.
Worthing RFC in 2010
11 games, seven wins, five at home and two away. Its clear that going to Roundstone Lane is a hard place to win for visiting teams. Worthing have claimed 31 tries so far, the backs accounting for 19 (13 by their centres!) and the forwards 2. Stand off Matt Mclean is their top points scorer with 142 from 18 conversions, 27 penalties and five tries.
Centre Greg Sullivan is their top try scorer on six.
Speaking to Worthing’s head coach this week, the ex-Wasps prop Will Green, who was looking forward to meeting with Ealing again, he said , "We are very much looking forward to playing Ealing this weekend and bounce back from a defeat last weekend against Richmond. Ealing are the form team and we know we face a real challenge against a very a ambitious club. We look forward to giving Ealing a warm welcome to Roundstone Lane."
Ealing’s Mat Evans said after training on Tuesday that the squad were determined not to waste their great start to the season, "I think it is vitally important to keep this momentum we have been built after the last couple weeks. Worthing are a tough team to play against, especially travelling to them. If we continue to defend like we have been and finish off the chances we create, we should pick up the expected points. As a forward unit we have been steadily improving in all set piece areas, it’s crucial that against Worthing we maintain these levels of performance."
Previous games between Ealing Trailfinders and Worthing RFC
13/03/10 Ealing Trailfinders 27 Worthing 18
14/11/09 Worthing 5 Ealing Trailfinders 18
06/12/08 Ealing Trailfinders 53 Worthing 6
28/03/09 Worthing 7 Ealing Trailfinders 26
10/12/05 Ealing Trailfinders 18 Worthing 12
08/04/06 Worthing 27 Ealing Trailfinders 39
Other games this weekend in N2S
Canterbury v Richmond
Dings Crusaders v Lydney
Henley Hawks v Southend
Hinckley v Newbury
Jersey v Westcombe Park
Old Albanians v Clifton
Shelford v Taunton