26th Jun, 2017

North East Worcestershire Ravens issues urgent plea for players after having just 12 for their last game

Liam Moakes 17th Jun, 2017

NORTH East Worcestershire Ravens have issued an urgent appeal for new recruits after they had just 12 players in last week’s 70-20 defeat at Derby in Midlands Division One.

Ravens had players missing through work commitments and injuries, including coach Rich Whitehouse and Lee Knight who was absent due to an extended concussion lay-off.

Despite their difficulties, Ravens wanted to show other teams in the league they could fulfil their fixtures.

After falling behind, Ravens struck when a powerful run by the forwards was completed by captain Liam Dunne.

The hosts then moved into a useful lead, but Ravens hit back when great play from David Swaysland teed up Dunne to cross the whitewash again. Debutant Tommy Reynolds scored Ravens’ third try, but the visitors still trailed 34-14 at half time.

Ravens were unable to stem the Derby flow in the second period but Jason Spafford scored the game’s final try. Ravens visit Sherwood Wolf Hunt on Saturday.

Director of rugby Spafford said: “We are desperate for wingers and centres. Usually it is forwards we lack but this year it’s backs. We are looking for anybody fast and with athletic bottle.

“They can have rugby experience but it’s not necessary. We have a coach who was a semi-pro footballer, changed to rugby league and ended up playing for England and Great Britain.

“We have converted basketball players and boxers in the past and we need some more players who want a challenge and are willing to learn.”

If you are interested in joining Ravens at senior or junior level, visit www.newravens rl.co.uk. Training takes place at Hopwood Park, Ash Lane, Hopwood.