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The heavens opened just in time for kick off on Saturday, with a number of absentees attending the first of England's Autumn internationals Reeds Weybridge called upon their championship winning U21's squad to bolster the ranks. The experienced Woking side started strongly, camped at the bottom of Reeds hill for the first twenty minutes, but only coming away with five points from a back of the line-out catch and drive by captain Adam Smith. Reeds bounced back well from the first score of the game, and some already weary looking tackling from Woking let the Reeds no. 8 charge over the line to take control of the game at 7-5.
This proved to be Reeds' only real flourish of the first half, instead putting their efforts into soaking up the waves of Woking territorial advances. The instrumental Dan Hill's unfortunately lost his running leg beneath him to what looked like a serious knee injury. We wish him well in his recovery, but Woking were not to be dettered, finally breaking through from a quick tap penalty by James Bannister, finishing himself, and converted by Dan Edwards, 7-12. Despite some promising phases from Woking, the Reeds defence stood firm, leaving a tired Woking team to face an uphill battle for the second half.
Youthful exuberance was plentiful for Reeds from the off of half time, and while Woking held for the first ten minutes, the fractures in defence caused by poor fitness levels, or old legs, proved costly with Reeds drawing level, then pulling in front from two quick tries. The momentum shift was obvious, and the home advantage and knowledge of how to play the pitch was showing, with Reeds camped in Wokings 22 for the majority of play.
A change in backs positioning gave Dan Edwards the reigns, and in his usual relaxed style he spotted a gap and lumbered through it with ease. Maybe the hill, maybe the tired legs, or maybe the weather conditions, but the conversion missed infront of the posts gave Reeds one last spur onwards to charge down the field and put the game to bed within the last five minutes. Woking had no comeback, nothing left, a disappointing result from an under-par Woking side, but at least an improved performance on last weeks loss.
Captain Adam Smith grumbled, "A tough day, after a tough week, and another tough week of training ahead. Let's hope England played well." - They did not.