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Woking entertained Farnham on Saturday in a friendly match before the league campaign resumes next week against Haslemere. Woking were missing a bunch of first string forwards so Dan Hills stepped up to the mark and took on the captaincy for the game. With a bunch of changes Woking started shakily and conceded a brace of early tries as Farnham stretched Woking’s defence and then spotted the overlaps wide that would allow the tries through the wide backs.
Woking started to settle and the leadership of Hills was instrumental in the forwards drive that led to Woking’s first score which was actually scored by Woking No. 10 Aitchison who powered over from close to the line following some good Woking driving forward play. The conversion was kicked by Aitchison.
Again Farnham went into overdrive and set about tying Woking in at the breakdown and then spotting the wide overlaps. Despite some heroic tackling from Murphy Hills Edwards and Aitchison Farnham had the nouse to out flank Woking twice more before the break leading to a comfortable lead of 22-7 at the break.
Woking set about the second half in good spirit as they were determined to win the second half at least if not push to win the game itself. The introduction of Matt Childs to the fray added some more forward momentum and grit and soon Woking were in the ascendancy in the scrum ruck and maul. Powering into the Farnham twenty two Woking secured a scrum 10 metres out.
Such was the pressure that Woking applied that they powered over for a push over try and scored by scrum half Steve Workman and the conversion was successful too. It was sloppy play that led to Woking conceding another try shortly after the restart – this was disappointing following the huge effort to get their last try.
Farnham played the ball into the Woking twenty two and then the forwards burst off the side of the maul and swept through three weak Woking tackles to score beneath the posts and make the conversion a formality.
Woking picked themselves up from this - disappointed with themselves, and launched a series of attacks through the backs that sliced deep into the Farnham territory.
Yet the Farnham defence was solid and Woking were prevented from registering any points through the back line. Wallis coming into the line made good breaks but was not able to evade the final tackle as he had done in recent games.
It was down to the Woking forwards to continue their domination in the tight, and having made good ground deep into the Farnham half, Woking mounted a strong scrummage effort that had Farnham reeling backwards and collapsing in a pile. Woking were awarded a penalty try and the conversion was made. From the restart Woking were on the attack again and mounted a good effort to further close the deficit however the clock was ticking down and despite strong work from Workman, Aitchison, Murphy and Edwards their efforts were thwarted.
Woking’s Dan Hills commented after the game ‘ Despite the sloppy start to the game all in all it was a very committed performance from the whole side today and we came pretty close to making amends for the early points we conceded’.
Woking: Buckley, Pearce, Phillips, Hills, Hammond, Hursthouse, Power, Harriott, Workman, Aitchison, Gilbert, Murphy, Edwards, Wallis. Subs: Grady, Childs, Bennett, Francis.
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