Woking Beat Wandsworthians in a Difficult First Match of the New Year

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A tough start to the New Year as Woking made difficult work of the first match back after the Christmas period.
After an equal start Woking managed to draw first blood and thanks to Dan Edwards – successfully converted two penalties in short succession creating a 6-0 lead within the first 15 minutes.
Dominant lineouts, largely due to the efforts of Woking’s Dan Hills helped Woking secure the ball and feed controlled ball to the Woking backs who in turn created some mesmerizing practiced moves carving open the opposition defence. Tom Eker continually danced and jinked his way through into the defensive half.
Woking’s first try came from the penalty scorer as Dan Edwards again showed his deceptive pace and raced down the left flank to finish off a great solo run and put Woking even further ahead. This amazing try was then almost superseded as Dan Edwards then converted his own try with a beauty of a kick from the far left hand side of the field.
It wasn’t all Woking play. Wandsworthians intercepted a miss timed pass and saw their winger race over the line bring the score closer and giving the opposition a little more to play for.
Slack discipline, saw Woking giving away numerous penalties. Opposition took advantage of this as they chipped away gaining more and more territory increasing the pressure on Woking’s defence.
A turn of fortune in Woking’s favour saw another penalty scored by Mr Edwards providing Woking a 16 – 5 lead at half time.
Thee second half saw much of the same style of play as the first. However patience was starting to fray as Woking had two tries deemed as “held up” from Ryan England and Michael Aitchison.
This did not deter Woking’s number 10 who managed to dance his way through on the far right, to then run home the try directly under the posts – conversion scored.
Wandsworthians came back into the game after a freak bit of luck saw the ball thrown into the lineouts by their hooker, bounce off the Woking jumper Dan Hills’s knee and back into the hands of the oncoming player who crashed through over the try line.
Justice was later served as a perfectly rehearsed lineout saw a catch and drive from 10 meters out and the Woking forwards powering their way over the line, try scorer Matt Edwards having the final touch and slamming the ball home. 28 – 10
The final passage of play was one with sheer desire – Woking wanted the important bonus point to keep them in contention for promotion – up stepped Ryan England as quick hands through the backs made room for Ryan to get over the line from 10 metres out.
Woking’s skipper Adam Smith commented after the game ‘Overall it was great back play that helped us to secure the winning points, we dominated for large parts of the match but Wandsworthians pushed us hard.’