London Division III South West
Warlingham – 50pts –v- Petersfield – 0pts
It was a confident Warlingham First XV that took to the pitch on Saturday in front of over 200 former players who had lunched earlier and relived their own memories of their playing days. Two more teenagers, Archie Kirby and Alex Connaghton, made their debut for the 1st XV against Petersfield RFC and from the kick off really dominated the first few minutes of the game .An early worked try by speedy winger Funsho Ajayi really set the pace for the next 80 minutes and Warlingham dominated all the ground and never let Petersfield get a real foothold into the game. After the Funsho try Warlingham never stopped dictating the pace and attitude of the game and the line out went particularly well. A concerted attack ended with a strong run in from outside the twenty two line from captain Jonathan Fox for the second try.
Another well worked team play and Warlingham went three tries to the good with David Priest going in under the posts. Joe McEvoy converting. This was followed by another great catch and return and Warlingham were on the charge again with scrum half Alex Sampson going in at the corner for the fourth, bonus point try of the half, converted once again by Joe McEvoy. Warlingham’s fielding of the ball was impeccable and the ball passed between the forwards and backs combining in a coherent unit moving around the pitch culminating in an aerobatic try by Funsho Ajayi going in at a half time with a comfortable lead.
Warlingham started the second half in the same manner, determined not to let Petersfield get into any rhythm and tackled hard and crushed every attack Petersfield. Both the line outs and scrums were working well and firm defending from Matt Mardle and Zack Richardson. David Priest looked to go over for his second try of the match but it was disallowed, he being pushed into touch. This didn’t deter Warlingham and they were again on the rampage. Winger Steve Mayes weaved his magic from the half way line to score an individual try followed by young Alex Connaghton scoring a solo effort from a break through in the centre of the pitch. Petersfield still tried to play rugby but, under extreme pressure, and when lock Ben Warman went over from a well worked catch and drive the game was well in the bag at 50 – 0 with McEvoy kicking five conversions. In the final minutes Petersfield looked to have scored in the crner but a last ditch, try-saving tackle from full back harry Spencer kept the scoreboard clean. Warlingham fully deserved the win as they played with confidence and a team spirit that made it an exciting match for the purring former players on the touch line who had been treated to an accomplished performance from their young successors. After the game Director of Rugby Nick Warren said, “I was really pleased with the four teenagers we had on the pitch today. They showed great maturity and were spurred by the massive support from their predecessors.”
Updated 10:31 - 2 Apr 2019 by Gina Mattison
Next Saturday Warlingham travel to Trojans in Southampton for their lest league fixture of the season.
Other Result: Edenbridge-17pts –v- Warlingham II XV- 40pts