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Woking put on a dazzling display of rugby running in eight tries to defeat a spirited Egham side and to go some way to assuage the memories of the Merton park nightmare seven days earlier.
Bolstered by the return of Joe “Boneshaking” Bennett Woking started off well with the aforementioned being brought down five metres from the Egham line in the first play of the game. The Woking scrum was in the ascendency;
Matt Childs’ opposing prop went skywards on a number of occasions. The lineout jumpers provided some decent ball for the backs to entertain the crowd by showing off their moves. James Bannister scored the opener with a sensational run down the right wing avoiding numerous tackles, the touchline and he even managed a hand-off before touching down in the corner.
Michael Aitchison took three attempts to get across for Woking’s second try. At first he was unable to secure a decent pass just in front of an unguarded try-line, moments later he was speeding towards it when his left foot edged the touchline, and finally he managed to get over and was awarded for his persistence after the game with a special award. Egham responded by applying pressure at the restart.
Woking forwards failed to secure the ball allowing Egham to regain possession, a move which lead to a penalty and the visitors opened their account with three points. Woking hit back with tries from Joe Bennett and one from Jay Miller finishing off a well worked backs move to score in the corner.
Egham then entered their finest spell of the game with their talismanic captain Cary Depel leading from the front. Pressure at the kick off resulted in Egham regaining the ball and launching a series of attacks that culminated in a converted try to keep them in the game.
Woking lead 20-10 at half time.
The second half saw the visitors rearrange their scrum to provide a stiff test for the Woking eight. They started off the second half applying pressure to the Woking defence. The tackle of the game arose when Egham’s fresh, young prop had the try-line in his sights before Joe Bennett hit him so hard the thud sent shockwaves all the way back to Egham and rippled through their touchline supporters prompting squeals of foul play for a high tackle just above the diaphragm!
Once he regained his breath the young prop got to his feet, dusted himself down, acknowledged a very good tackle and carried on. Sustained pressure on the Woking line resulted in Egham Club favourite TJ crossing over for their second try bringing them right back into the game at 20-15.
Fortunately Woking found the resolve to respond positively to quash Egham’s revival. Tom Bennett securing the ball from the restarts enabled the backs to work off stable platforms. And work they did, entertaining the home supporters with twenty minutes of running rugby with some scintillating attacks and penetrative counter attacks from full-back Chris Wallace.
Dan Edwards scored a seemingly effortless try as he ghosted across the line, Neil Murphy and Jay Miller both ran in from forty metres to score. Matt Edwards was the only forward to get in on the act in the second half. He received the ball in open play some thirty metres from Egham’s try-line and then executed one of his characteristic outrageous dummies to outfox the defence and trundled over the try-line.
After the game Adam Smith the joyful Woking skipper praised both teams for an entertaining game which was more competitive than the score-line suggested. All returned to Woking HQ for some lovely “meat” pasties washed down with plenty of horse piss.