1st XV v Reeds Weybridge match report

1st XV v Reeds Weybridge match report

By Peter Mattison
7 October
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It was a very different line up to Warlingham first team that took to the pitch against Reeds Weybridge RFC


It was a very different line up to Warlingham first team that took to the pitch against Reeds Weybridge RFC with injuries and players unable to make the fixture. Many of the regular faces where not available but despite this we still look comfortable taking to the field
Warlingham team debut for Number 14 Neil Brown and seasoned players covering position that they may have never played or had little experience of for Warlingham RFC didn’t stop the team from starting positive and took the game straight away to Reeds Weybridge
Reeds were on the back foot and couldn’t contain Warlingham pack as it dominated the ground and fought for possession winning an early penalty that Joe McEvoy playing 12 converted
Although it wasn’t long that Reeds Weybridge started to make in roads into Warlingham and with some sustained pressure draw the score at 3-3 with a penalty kick Warlingham was once again in Reeds Weybridge half and although playing up the slope it didn’t seem that was a disadvantage to them with some strong line outs and driving mauls Warlingham found themselves camped on Reeds five yard line only to be held up by a strong Reeds Weybridge defence
Wallingham looked dangerous once again and with a well weighted cross field kick by Joe McEvoy number 14 took the ball close to Reeds Weybridge try line and over the whitewash with Joe McEvoy converting the extra points
Warlingham building in confidence as they played deeper and deeper into Reeds half with Reeds being taken by surprise at Warlingham onslaught they held their nerve and kept Warlingham at bay only conceding one further penalty going in at half time 13-9 down
Reed started the second half with a lot more vigour and determination not to let Warlingham have the advantage of the slope and slow down Warlingham momentum going in to the second half slowly turning the game on Warlingham with some well work probes into Warlingham half firstly clawing back another penalty and then a well worked try with some nice hands moving the ball a crossed the pitch
Warlingham started to fracture as Reeds Weybridge subs were added to the game and it wasn’t long that Reeds broke Warlingham defensive line once again for another try Reeds Weybridge now dominated the last twenty minutes and it took all the strength left in many of the Warlingham team to keep Reeds Weybridge out from the try line
Warlingham still counterattack when they could but just didn’t have the subs or legs to see themselves over the try line to increase their points, but Reeds Weybridge didn’t take long to take the control again and with some missed tackles and tied bodies Reeds Weybridge claimed another try and conversion
Reeds Weybridge could sense that Warlingham were a spent force trying to defend for long periods and now turned the screw picking up the pace and although Warlingham tried desperately to plug the gaps Reeds Weybridge took their opportunities finally going over the try line ending the game 34-13
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