“Johnny Hosken restarts the game”
The Christmas break upset the Warlingham apple-cart when they visited lowly Teddington on a chilly day in Bushey Park. With both teams somewhat rusty after the break the game was littered with errors, mostly from the visitors who spilled numerous balls in attack which meant frustration crept into their game. After twenty minutes fly half Joe McEvoy ultimately brought some excitement into the game with a powerful outside break. He was hauled down ten metres out but excellent support from lock Jamie Curtis gave Warlingham first blood with an unconverted try. However Teddington struck back with a strong rolling maul to equalise with a try of their own.
The game was halted for several minutes when McEvoy fielded a high ball but was illegally tackled in the air and suffered a shoulder injury. The offending Teddington player was lucky to be shown a yellow card and not red. Warlingham were unable to capitalise on the player advantage and, when Teddington’s hard-running centre shrugged off midfield tackles, the home side scored a second converted try. The game was now flowing and Warlingham winger David Priest barrelled through the defence, fed the ball to McEvoy and the second try – and conversion – brought the scores level at half time.
When Warlingham knocked on the ball from the kick off it was sign that the errors were still present and they spent most of the second half pinned in their end of the pitch. Centre Tom Webster was yellow carded and Warlingham were under the cosh. A deft chip ahead by the home side fly half bounced kindly into their winger's hands and their third, converted try gave them a slender lead. McEvoy closed the gap with a well struck,
long range penalty. With the light fading Warlingham threw everything into attack and Priest went on the run again. He slipped the ball to McEvoy who broke through the defence and looked certain to score the winning try. However, a last ditch half tackle knocked the ball forward and the score was thwarted. This was to be the last foray and,
in the gloom, the referee whistled no-side.
Director of Rugby Nick Warren said, “Once again we failed to respect the opposition. Despite them being near the bottom of the league we failed to bring intensity into our game. We suffered as a result and must bring consistency to every match.”
Updated 11:15 - 6 Jan 2019 by Peter Upton
Next Saturday Warlingham are away to mid-table Old Tiffinians.
Warlingham: Bench, Fox (capt), Freeman, Curtis, Warman, Mardle, Skinner, Green, Hosken, McEvoy, Mayes, Spencer, Webster, Priest, Wand,Kavanagh, Hayward, Sampson