RAIDERS sit third in the table, one of five sides who have won their first three straight London and SE games in September.
And next up for our lads is a mouth-watering and very tough clash at division new boys Rochford Hundred this Saturday.
The Hundred lead the table on points difference, their latest triumph being an impressive 40-9 win at Bedford Athletic.
For the first time this still fledgling campaign we failed to pick up a bonus point, but mere victory at Hertford satisfied Jordan Reynolds, especially as they travelled having made five changes to the side that had won against Brighton.
‘It was a really hard fixture for us. The hardest game so far,’ said Reynolds of a game which saw us lead 14-7 at the break, pegged back to 14 apiece before holding on for the four-point victory.
Raiders had two converted tries in the bag by half time courtesy of Joe Andresen, who was at full back on this occasion, and Anthony Armstrong.
But after Hertford had levelled the game after half-time, a well-worked catch and drive move by the visitors brought a decisive penalty try.
‘I felt at times the backs played really well, but Hertford put us more pressure than we have faced this season and we were stretched defensively. But we held firm brilliantly,’ said the coach.
There were some nervous moments in the closing minutes after Raiders had gone close to the home team’s line only to lose the ball.
‘They got to within 5m of our line on two occasions but we turned the ball over,’ said Reynolds.
‘We’re more than happy with this win,’ he said of a day when the only potentially significant injury was a groin strain picked up by Luke Sayer.
Cameron Craine, Tom Ceillam (captain), Jacob Pinkney, Brad Webb, Nick Merrien, Matt Thomas, Dom Rice, Courtney Raymond; Jake O’Connor, Owen Thomas, Luke Sayer, Blair Campbell, Tom Teasdale, Anthony Armstrong, Joe Andresen.
Replacements: Layton Batiste, Leon Gardner, Matt Armstrong.