Nielsen out but Chisholm set to return

WORTHING Raiders Rugby Club are set to have James Chisholm back available for Saturday’s match at Blackheath.

Alex Nielsen in action against Old Albanian
Alex Nielsen in action against Old Albanian

However, 13-try top-scorer Alex Nielsen is set to be unavailable for a few matches owing to work commitments. Rob Smith is also out of Saturday’s clash after he pulled up in training on Thursday, although the return of Chisholm is “a massive boost” according to Worthing head coach Kieron Dawson.

Chisholm recently made his Aviva Premiership debut for Harlequins and also captained the England under-18 team.

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Jack Maslen played his first game since suffering a kidney injury in September, when he was part of Raiders’ A team’s 30-22 win over a Richmond development side on Saturday.

Third-from-bottom Blackheath occupy the final relegation place in National 1 and are six points adrift of 12th-placed Raiders.

Worthing lost 27-22 at home to Blackheath in September and Dawson knows his side could open up a nice gap with a win.

He said: “We’ve picked up 15 bonus points from 15 games, so we’ve just got to try to pick up as many points as we can every game we play.

“We’ve got to make sure we keep learning but the lucky thing at the moment is that all of the teams at the bottom are playing each other, so there’s a team that loses every week.”