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The two hundred and fifty Dorking supporters who made their way to the league play off decider at Staines were ultimately rewarded as Dorking won a nail biting encounter by a single score in the tightest of contests. A relieved Director of Rugby Richie Andrews commented; “That wasn’t the prettiest game of rugby I’ve seen this season but rarely have I seen two teams who refused to give up and who gave a hundred per cent from start to finish. Today of all days it was the result that mattered. I am very proud of the Dorking players. In fact it’s the whole Club who thoroughly deserve this promotion. The support we have received on and off the pitch has been extraordinary.” Galvanised by the large vocal following Dorking took an early psychological advantage with Catton, Buckland and Kelly seriously disrupting the first home put in. It was however the line out that was to become the front line as the pre match video analysis had pin pointed Staines’ over reliance on front of the line out ball as their Achilles Heel.. From the kick off the Dorking game plan was made plain: to attack the home line out. Ted Watts and Ben Lucas crowded the Staines’ jumpers which certainly seemed to unnerve the home team and Matt Noble made sure the first twenty minutes was all down the Staines end. From a line out deep in the corner Staines got their first taste of Armand Roux it needing several desperate defenders to drag him down before conceding a kickable penalty. Love nudged it straight down the middle and first blood Dorking. The Red and Whites were now beginning to find the groove. Watts took the kick off athletically for Ben and Ryan Lucas set off in tandem to set up Jason Geldenhuys on a bid for the line. His chip and chase ruled out for the smallest hint of a foot in touch. Roux then turned up in the centre releasing Clarke and Kemp with the deftest of hands for another close call. Lucas then linked with Ben Allard for a fifty- metre incursion. Clarke also went close. Dorking were well on top but bemoaning the fact they were failing to put the game away with a sloppy final pass or coughing up a penalty. Matt Noble had other ideas and swung it first left and then right forcing Staines to concede a second penalty which Love took effortlessly doubling the lead. Dorking’s level of control was such this was the first point Staines made an appearance in the Dorking quarter. Home playmaker Regan manufactured several threatening backs move. As the momentum stalled Adam Kelly put in a major hit and Kemp found a sixty metre punt applying the rare skill of making the ball on landing take a sharp left turn to touch on the Staines twenty two. Staines took the line out quickly only for the clearing kick to be charged down. Fast hands and faster support play and Ben Allard crossed. Eleven nil at the interval and a score line that in all honesty flattered the hosts. Uncharacteristically Matt Noble put the restart straight out on the full. Immediate possession to Staines seemed to restore confidence and take the wind out of the Dorking sails. Turner, Patrick and Landsburg in the Swans back row started to become more prominent pressurising Ollie Cummings which in turn gave Matt little time or space in which to work. A catch and drive took Staines over the line but good work from Carloss and Catton meant thisd wasn’t to the satisfaction of Mr Cooper the match official. The respite was temporary as a missed touch or two failed to relieve the pressure and Staines worked their way over from a quick tapped penalty. Regan added the extras. Now we had a contest. Dorking seemed to get the much needed break when Landsberg the Staines 8 was sin binned for stamping a country mile off the ball. A four point and man advantage again restored confidence. One to fifteen the defence was awesome. The away crowd was lifted with several steals from an inspired Ben Lucas and Teddy Watts, who took one Staines line out cleanly with two hands. Spencer replaced Kemp and was immediately in on the act with a fabulous follow up tackle. Increasingly Dorking started to feature again in the Staines twenty-two. When Mr Cooper awarded a routine penalty Love stepped up to apparently seal the game. The kick shanked badly and the anxiety amongst the travelling support continued to grow as Mickey Wilmott on the Staines wing frequently looked threatening. Taking matters into his own hands Jason Geldenhuys picked up at the base and set off bobbing and weaving through the disjointed defence and found Spencer in space. The support was arriving fast and Spencer found the unlikely figure of Ollie Buckland on his shoulder who managed to keep the ball alive with his finger tips and glory beckoning only for the ball to agonisingly escape his second grasp and hit the floor. The end wasn’t long coming. Skipper Roux carried it to the Staines twenty- two and with the referee indicating time, appropriately vice captain Ollie Cummings whacked it into the massed Dorking ranks. Promotion secured.

Dorking Chairman Shaun Grady was full of praise for the broader team behind the success, “ Promotion really is just reward for this season's endeavours. It’s also the result of the significant investment in our youth development, player recruitment, coaching and player support activities over a sustained period. We’ve been quietly planning for promotion for some time to be ready to operate at a higher level. We will also be working hard to ensure we maintain the very special atmosphere we have at the Club where everyone is made to feel an important part of the whole enterprise. Oh and in the short term we’re going to celebrate very seriously as well. ”

Squad: Ben Allard Richard Kemp Simon Love Rob Clarke Ryan Lucas Matt Noble Ollie Cummings Armand Roux Ben LucasJason Geldenhuys Ted Watts Rob Carloss Ollie Buckland James Catton Adam Kelly Will Crowe Julian Bambridge Luke Davis Spencer Richards

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