Dorking came away from Kent on Saturday, victims of a destructive pack on a difficult afternoon.
The Big Field outfit could have no complaints about going down to a strong, straightforward Combe who used their forward power to very good effect.
The tone of the afternoon was set when the referee, on an exchange visit from the Midlands, yellow carded Steve Haworth in the first minute and awarded a penalty try shortly after. It was the first of five yellows, meaning Dorking were playing a man short for 50 of the 80 minutes.
The 21-5 penalty count in the home side’s favour also frustrated Dorking.
As a result, Dorking backs were living off scraps although they took two excellent scoring chances. In the first half No10 Matt Noble’s long chip over the defence was brilliantly collected on the run by fast-improving winger Cameron Osborne, below left. And in the second half a clever miss move in the centres allowed Noble to set Dorking’s other winger Mike Terelak, below right, free to scorch through the defence for another well-taken try.
But despite that, the side made far too many individual errors which helped gift scores to Combe who grew in confidence as the game went on.
Director of Rugby Armand Roux, below, had harsh words for his team after a performance that required more grit and far fewer mistakes.
And he again called for the appointment of assistant referees to help in National 3.
“I’ve said it before, but we do ask a lot of young refs – however much promise he or she has shown – to handle professionally-prepared sides at this level on their own”
Roux praised Westcombe Park for the clinical manner of their 8-try victory and added: “We know what is required to bounce back and I expect a much-improved performance on Saturday.”
On Saturday Dorking are away to Sutton & Epsom.
Squad: Knight, Catton, B Edwards , Howorth, Dobson, Ellis, O Edwards , Watts, Woodcock, Noble (capt), Osborne, Macdonald, Mosley, Terelak, Carne, G Evans, King, Fee