King has his Warlingham players firing on all cylinders

Doe Ray Me score: Oli Doe kicked six points in the demolition of Thanet Wanderers SP71169

Doe Ray Me score: Oli Doe kicked six points in the demolition of Thanet Wanderers SP71169

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Warlingham are within four points of the top of London Division Two South East after a dominant 46-10 win at bottom club Thanet Wanderers.

The eight-try demolition is Warlingham's fourth successive win, and they will be hoping to become Thanet's nemesis this weekend when they return for the second round of the RFU Intermediate Cup.

Last weekend, captain Zack King and head coach Tom Street focussed the Warlingham players before the game and, when the referee started blew the whistle, Warlingham were swiftly out of the starting blocks and pounded on the Thanet line. 

Warlingham have developed their forward game dramatically this season and all eight players had a hand in several opening phases of play, which had the home side reeling back against the onslaught of blue and white shirts. 

A Thanet scrum was spoiled and King scooped up the ball and charged over for the first try. Oli Doe shaved the outside of the posts with his first conversion attempt, but the writing was on the wall for Thanet. 

The intensity of the Warlingham play continued unabated and centre Ben Wimble kicked ahead and followed up to force a scrum.

The Warlingham front five were in a commanding position and inched forward. 

Street picked up from the base of the scrum and fed scrum half Steven Murtagh the try-scoring pass. Doe converted.

The Warlingham pack were uncontrollable and the athletic lock Ollie Dodwell tackling like a mad dervish, any hope that Thanet may have had of a resurgence was snuffed out.

A five metre scrum on the Thanet line gave number eight Street the opportunity of dropping on the ball over the line for his first, and Warlingham's third try. Doe added the extras.

Thanet worked their way up the field and forced a penalty which they converted, but this as to be their only score for almost an hour.

A speculative kick from Thanet fell to full back Joe McEvoy who broke through the first lines of defence to put Warlingham deep into
Thanet territory. 

From the resultant broken play centre Brad Saffery shrugged off midfield tacklers to score a converted try under the posts. 

With the Thanet scrum tiring Warlingham poured on the pressure and Street grabbed his second try after sustained rucking and mauling close to the home try line.

The visitors were now rampant and a neat back move saw winger Jon Osborne scamper through for the sixth try. 

Immediately from the kick off, Thanet were penalised and, from a quick tap penalty, centre Ben Wimble bobbed and weaved through the defence and, despite the close attention of a giant Thanet lock, crossed the whitewash.

The best move of the afternoon when Doe slipped a pop-pass to Wimble who held the defence and gave a well timed pass to Osborne who scorched through untouched for the eighth, and final, Warlingham try. 

Thanet deserved a consolation converted try at the end as they had stuck valiantly to their task but, on the day, they were outclassed by a Warlingham side who gain in confidence at every game.

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3:17pm Fri 9 Nov 12 says...

Warlingham back to Thanet again this Saturday (10th Nov) in the RFU Intermediate Cup 2nd Round.
Warlingham back to Thanet again this Saturday (10th Nov) in the RFU Intermediate Cup 2nd Round.
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