Dorking quickly found their rhythm against a limited but plucky Amersham side and earned a bonus-point win in front of a crowd in festive mood at Big Field.
After a disappointing reverse on the road at Westcliffe last weekend Dorking had a point to prove and the possession was all theirs in the opening exchanges, before influential flanker Jonny Ellis was forced off with a gashed head after seven minutes.
Disappointment was short lived, however, when former skipper, now Director of Rugby, Armand Roux strode on as a blood replacement. And within minutes Matt Noble kicked Dorking ahead with a penalty and converted a try by second row Oli Edwards for a 10-nil lead.
Harry Watts and Jake Dobson were dominating the lineouts and another Noble penalty was followed by a strong break from Harvey Mewis at centre who fed James Catton to set pacy winger Cam Osborne free and he gassed it under the posts. Noble’s conversion made it 20-0 on twenty minutes.
Dorking ended the half with an elusive run up the the middle of the park from winger Tom Hunt and after more phases scrum half Zack Woodcock ran 40 metres to put Noble through to dive over in the corner for try No3.
Amersham, the league whipping boys this season, showed plenty of courage and hit back after the break with a try, cancelled out moments latest when centre Ed carne intercepted to run in our bonus point try under the posts.
The visitors maintained pressure, but skipper Noble was in top form yet again to keep the scoreboard ticking over for Dorking with another penalty and a rare drop goal in a 25-point haul before Hunt grabbed a fifth try as the Red & Whites eased to a comfortable victory.
Director of Rugby Armand Roux said: “After a rather disappointing result away against Westcliff we really wanted to make sure we bounced back at home.
“We completely focused on what we want to achieve on the pitch, and the boys went out there and did just that. We even left a couple of tries out there so we will be looking at those ones for next week.
“It was really pleasing to see Matt Noble getting the “full set” – Try, Pen, Conv and Drop Goal – and well deserved. I also thought Harvey Mewis did well at 12 for us. Hooker James Catton carried well and the back row showed good work rate in ever aspect of the game.
“The pack was very good this week with lineouts and scrums both working fantastically. Credit to the boys for stepping up to the plate as we knew we had to put things right.
“Amersham had a never-say-die attitude which made it tough for us, but we managed to keep them under pressure for most of the game. Things got a little heated towards the end, and it showed the pride both teams put into their performances.
“Our focus now is completely on Guildford this weekend who had a tough weekend over in Guernsey by the looks of things. We know we did not play our best rugby when we beat them at home earlier this season, and really looking forward to the challenge to put that on right.”
Next game: Guildford away, KO 2pm
Squad: Richard Nunn, James Catton, Ben Edwards, Oli Edwards, Jake Dobson, Jonny Ellis, Harry Elbrow, Harry Watts, Zach Woodcock, Matt Noble (c), Cam Osborne, Harvey Mewis, Ed Carne, Tom Hunt, Ben Hatton, Ben Knight, Armand Roux, Wayne Williams