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Woking RFC kick started their season against a tough and experienced Redingesians RFC Horde team this Saturday. With plenty of new faces bolstering the Woking ranks, after a successful 7's season and well structured pre-season training, Woking took to the field for the first game of the season in spirited fashion. The lack of 15's rugby showed through some rusty errors in handling early on, and Redingesians capitalized with a powerful forward drive to take the lead 5-0.
Twenty minutes into the game and Woking's pre-season fitness began to show, with strong running and support play across the field. Woking drew level with a break-away try from Tom Eker, converted to take the lead by new 1st teamer Andy Hussey. Keen to show his running prowess on his return from a 10 month injury, wing Rob Taylor powered his way over the line shortly after, getting on the end of a magnificent Dan Edwards break. Hussey converted for 14-5, and shortly afterwards slotted a magnificent penalty to settle the nerves going into half time 17-5.
Strong words of encouragement from captain Mike Aitchison and coach Andy Jones spurred Woking on to a second half performance that dazzled. Some scintillating link up play between rampaging big Ben Bremmer in the forwards and the backs provided an opening for no.10 Aitchison to wander over the try line, converting himself.
Redingesians took advantage of a number of Woking substitutions settling into their games and snook a try against the run of play. Their come back was short lived as debutant and star of the day, Joe Francis took to the field for his first ever game of rugby. It has been twelve years since a Francis represented Woking 1st XV, and proud Dad, Mark Francis, watched his son blaze down the wing twice in short succession to finish the game off in style.
Woking winning 38-10 shows great promise for the upcoming season. Captain Mike Aitchison commented, "A cracking performance from the lads, and great to blow some of the cobwebs off. Much room for improvement, but some exciting prospects over the next few weeks with the returning Adam Smith and Phil Robertson."