Sitting at second place in the league and looking for promotion Battersea
Ironsides were hungry for an early lead and got two tries on the board within the first ten minutes. Warlingham, fielding two teenagers in the shape of No 10 Archie Warren and forward Zack Richardson, put pressure on the visitors. With yards gained by hooker Rory Kavanagh prop Mike Freemen, they were rewarded with a penalty converted by Warren and it seemed they would claw themselves
back into the game. The home side back line looked dangerous with centres
Alex Skinner and David Priest testing the opposition defence. University student winger Funsho Adeyi went close with a turn of scintillating speed but was denied by last gasp tackles. Ironsides broke away for a third converted try before
Warren added a second penalty just before the half time whistle.
Warlingham raised the tempo after the break and prop Alex Kelly, together
with lock Ben Warman, drove forward with great energy. Game finishers Alex Nunn and Callum Wand also showed well and, when Ironsides missed a kickable penalty, the vocal supporters felt the tide was turning. However, it was not to be as Ironsides threaded together swift passages of play and just one missed tackle gave them their
fourth, bonus point try. Warlingham fought passionately until the final whistle but the Ironsides' defence was solid and no further scores ensued.
Director of Rugby, Nick Warren, said, "The margins are small at this level but Ironsides are a smart outfit and, if they do get promoted, will do well in the higher league. Our youngsters showed great promise and I'm sure they'll develop as they get older."
Other result: Old Reigatians XV - 17pts -v- Warlingham II XV - 22pts
Updated 15:42 - 10 May 2019 by Peter Jerrom