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WATCH: Seven-try Raiders thump rivals Wimbledon to ease relegation fears

Raiders took a big step towards preserving their National Two East status for another season on Saturday.

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Ciaran McGann scores the first of the Raiders tries in their 49-21 win over Wimbledon on Saturday at Footes Lane. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 32918064)

Ahead of their clash with Wimbledon, Guernsey director of rugby Jordan Reynolds said it could be a season-defining 80 minutes and his side came up with the goods impressively in a bonus-point 49-21 victory that was at least as convincing as the scoreline suggests, if not more so.

‘Really, really happy the way we delivered,’ Reynolds said of the seven-try performance at Footes Lane that opened up a nine-point gap in the table on their opponents who sit directly below them.

‘There were some little clunky parts in our backline, but I thought they were excellent.

‘We defended well and we really needed our backline to step up this week and I thought they delivered on that which was which is excellent to see, with some big performances.’

  • Watch the Raiders’ tries from Footes Lane

Reynolds added, though, that there was more to come from his side as they grow in confidence after back-to-back wins so far this year.

‘I honestly believe we’re not playing to the potential we can and we see it in parts,’ he said.

‘Definitely that first 30min. we were excellent and then we came out in the first 10 minutes [of the second half] and did the same, but Wimbledon just found a way to disrupt us a little bit. I think it was mainly around the breakdown, that’s just something we’ve been working on and can improve on. But if we can do that and then fix the breakdown heading into next week against Old Albanians, things can start being positive for us. I think there’s a far better team than what we’re delivering at the moment.

‘But don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy. We just scored 49 points and didn’t give them the bonus point. Unreal from us.

‘We talked about five wins after Christmas being the minimum and the fact that we’ve got two now, with bonus points, it’s pretty big for us. So it eases the pressure, but for us we’ve just got to continue to be moving forward.’

  • Full match report in Monday’s paper.