Guernsey Press

Coach believes Raiders have top-six potential

RAIDERS have top-six potential despite suffering their third defeat in four National Two East games so far this season.

Guernsey home debutant Carter Hackett hands off an Esher opponent. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 32556663)

That is the view of Guernsey director of rugby Jordan Reynolds after his side came within a converted try of beating promotion-hunting Esher on Saturday at Footes Lane, where the hosts gave as good as they got on the pitch but only had a losing bonus point to show for it as they suffered a narrow 19-14 defeat.

‘Esher are a good side, they want to get promoted, they want to be in the top five,’ said Reynolds, who called the result ‘disappointing’ but took a lot from his side’s performance as they went toe-to-toe with a side who were playing National One last season.

‘From from our point of view, if we’re getting those kind of performances, we’ve got to be looking that we can we can sit up in that top six as well.

‘Losing three and only gaining one win, that’s going to be the hard road that we’re on, but I think we can we can turn a corner soon.

‘We could be on like 20 points by now, but we’re not.’

He added that the way his side adapted to the changes he made at half time, when they trailed 14-0, was particularly pleasing. ‘I think this team is better than last season’s team, I do,’ Reynolds said.

‘Yeah, we don’t have some of the players that we had, but we’re seeing we’re seeing more adaptable in a game. For us to change our game plan at half time, then to execute it to that way, we weren’t able to do that last season.

‘So that’s credit to these guys and you know, they’re a good bunch of good bunch of lads.’

  • Match report in Monday's Guernsey Press.