Warlingham hit head on by a seven-try Lewes machine

Warlingham proved no match for London Division Two South East promotion chasers Lewes going down 44-15.

Kieran Scutt and Ollie Dodwell got five points apiece going over the whitewash, while Mark Kozminski added a conversion and penalty.

The fixture, re-arranged as a result of the snow-effected calendar, came at the wrong time for a depleted Warlingham squad, and the break from competitive rugby showed.

An early penalty from the hosts was quickly followed by some clever passing allowing their Antipodean centre to waltz untouched through the Warlingham midfield for their first converted try. 

Centre Kozminski put Warlingham on the score board with a long range penalty and this stirred the Warlingham pack, with lock Neil Robson and flanker John Dowling, to the fore. 

When number eight Dodwell gathered the ball on the halfway line, he made a swift break, unloading to winger Alex Skinner who took play deep into the Lewes 22. 

However, from the resultant line-out Lewes eventually regained possession and drove up the field. With quick recycling and determined running, the midfield gap was exploited for a second time for a try. 

Try as they did, Warlingham were on the rack and when Lewes went wide on the right, the visitors ran out of defenders and the Lewes wing touched down in the corner.

For once the Warlingham restart was perfectly placed and winger Jon Osborne reclaimed possession and ran aggressively at the defenders.

Warlingham sensed a score and raised their game when both scrum half Murtagh and centre Brad Saffery made inroads. 

Pressurising the Lewes line, the ball reached prop Scutt in the tram lines and he shrugged off defenders for Warlingham's first unconverted try. 

Lewes then worked themselves close to the Warlingham line, where their effective line-out gave them possession and a well-worked maul gave them their fourth, bonus-point try just before half time.

The second half brought more of the same with the Lewes back line in command.  However, Warlingham girded their loins and made a much better fist of first-up tackles and general defensive work. 

Frustration crept in and, when Lewes were closing in on the Warlingham line, lock Luke Delderfield was yellow-carded for failing to roll away after the tackle, a ploy used repeatedly by the more streetwise Lewes forwards.

During his absence Lewes scored two tries in quick succession but their dominant number eight was finally yellow-carded for repeated infringements.

The Warlingham pack, including prop substitute Simon Townsend, made the most of it and steam rollered towards the Lewes line and Dodwell nipped over for a try converted by Kozminski. 

Lewes had the final say in the match when their rolling maul resulted in their seventh try, sealing a dominant victory.

Warlingham travel to Medway this weekend, where a win would see them leap-frog their hosts into fourth place.

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