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Following the big thaw and the heavy rain during last week, Woking, sponsored by Intecsea were faced with a mad scramble to get their pitch in a condition to allow play as it was under 4 inches of water in places. Several team volunteers keen to see the game take place removed hundreds of gallons of water by hand in the morning.
Conditions underfoot were therefore a little stodgy in places when the game got underway at 2pm – it was sunny but bitterly cold. Woking were slow to get into their game in common with the far from perfect warm up before the game and conceded early penalties as they struggled with the fit, fast and well organised Old Georgians. Having missed one kick, Georgians slotted the next to take a 3 nil lead.
After 15 minutes Woking started to wake up and ventured into the Georgians half only to lose the ball at the breakdown. The clearance kick from the Georgians drifted infield, bounced awkwardly foxing Woking centre Dan Edwards and a fly hack through and chase was won by the Old Georgians wing for a try that was unconverted.
Frustrating for Woking, however they did themselves no favours by conceding more penalties for offside and holding on, the second of the kickable attempts was converted.
Further frustration for Woking when the kicked the ball away not recovering it themselves on several occasions allowing the Old Georgians to run the ball back and stretch Woking.
Woking No.10 Aitchison was receiving close attention from all three of the Old Georgians back row who were playing right on the edge of the offside line and he was not able to get the ball away cleanly much at all in the first half. As the first half drew to a close there were signs that Woking were coming back into the game their defence began to become more organised and in attack some moves began to pay off.
Early in the second half a period of powerful play from Woking saw them deep in the Georgians twenty two. With their scrum in the ascendancy Woking drove over for the try, Edwards converting well. The Georgians were still in the ascendancy overall at this stage of the game, however strong running from the incisive Dan Hills and better work in the Woking backs culminated in a try for Mike Aitchison that Edwards converted.
The Old Georgians hit back exposing Woking on the Georgians right hand flank with a big overlap that left Axe putting in a last ditch tackle but the support was there and the try was scored . Woking dominant in the scrum roared back and Dan Edwards started to kick into overdrive with some mazy running that saw him break right and scorch in for a cracking try that he then converted.
The Old Georgians were still threatening and carelessly Woking kicked the ball to them on several occasions, one of which was punished severely by the Georgians who broke through the Woking defence on the Georgians left and with pace and power the Georgians backs ran in a good try that was unconverted.
Raising their game and confident Woking drove deep into the Old Georgians twenty two and from the scrum Woking played a neat wrap around that saw a long pass make its way out to Chris Wallis on the right who with some work to do jinked his way over wide on the right. So wide infact that Dan Edwards missed the conversion.
As the game drew to an end the Old Georgians really went for it stretching Woking this way and that, wide on the left and wide on the right and in the last minute of the game they looked like they were in on the right until Chris Wallis arrived like a bullet slicing the Georgians winger down and out into touch followed by the final whistle.
Woking Captain Adam Smith exclaimed after the game ‘ That was tough, in some ways we made it tough for ourselves, but it was a good win against a good side that exuded confidence and talent’.
Both teams made their way back to the clubhouse at Camphill where club ties were swapped a s fitting conclusion to a hard fought encounter,