Warlingham 22pts Weybridge Vandals 20pts
Up against a powerful pack who dominated the set scrum and driving mauls particularly in the first half vandals rallied magnificently in the second period when they scored 13 unanswered points and came within a score of winning a match which seemed well known possible at half time .
Conceding 3 tries and struggling to contain the Warlingham forwards finals defence showed great resolution to prevent any further score in the first 40 minutes comma and they scored a crucial try to boost their efforts for the second half. 2 penalties and a brilliant individual try by captain Harry Reed had Warlingham reeling but they forced their way back into the game going close on a number of occasions from scrum and line out drives. Finals again demonstrated their defensive qualities in the last quarter and Warlingham were unable to extend their score.
After an early break by vandals winger Steve Harrison Warlingham won a penalty to setup an attacking line out and moving the ball to midfield their forwards regrouped to drive over for their first try for a simple conversion by the posts the winger had a chance to increase this lead but the first of several knock ons by the home side denied them the score. They continue to probe through their forwards and forcing more attacking line outs they went into a 17 point lead with two further tries. Kicking for position finals charged down an attempted clearance and Darren Lockyer followed up his challenge with a touchdown. Fly half Harry Weatherall converted and centre Olly Day kept his side on the offensive with a fine break but Warlingham recovered to launch a counter attack vandals help him up but then lost a strike against the head at the scrum and the home side took full advantage to breach the defence and score their 4th try to lead at half time by 22 points to 7
Vandals began the second half determined to pile on the pressure now they had the slope and the wind in their favour. Weatherall instigated this initial attack and it was he who kicked a penalty after the Warlingham had been penalised and losing a player to the sin bin. With the extra man finals moved into the attacking 22m and had a chance to drive over from a 5 metre line out, but they lost control of the ball over the line. However they maintain the pressure and were awarded a penalty which Weatherall converted to bring the score to 22-13. Full back George bolster had Warlingham defending desperately with one of his mazy runs and his captain Harry Reed followed suit with a dazzling run which left would be attackers in his wake. Weatherall converted Reeds try and vandals now appeared likely winners but Warlingham fought back through the pack and set up set piece after set piece close to the tryline. Every drive for the line became more and more intense but vandals were equal to the task and their defence at this stage of the game was immense. Warlingham finished as winners by the slender margin of two points but vandals quite rightly praised by their coaches can be highly satisfied and proud of their performance .
Written by John Farrow