Woking Win Away to Wandsworthians

Match Date: 
30/11/2013
Woking Team: 
First XV
Location: 
Away
Opponent Team: 
Wandsworthians
Type: 
League

Score

Woking Score: 
20
Opponent Score: 
5

After a string of disappointing results Woking were really needing to get back on track for this season. A number of players returning from injury, Hamilton-Wilkes, Neil Murphy, Chris Wallis, and captain Adam Smith, really bolstered the ranks and gave Woking a bit more depth in their squad then they have had over the last six weeks.

From the off Woking were in ascendancy, starting the match with a reverse kick from 10. Mike Aitchison, gathered by a charging Neil Murphy at outside center, Woking went through three quick phases of play resulting in scrum half James Bannister crossing the line within the first minute. The conversion was spectacularly missed by Aitchison, a theme which continued throughout the day.

From the Wansworthian kick off the ball was gathered by Aitchison and popped off to captain Smith, who looked very much like a man who had missed his rugby. He gallivanted up the field for fun, leaving a wake of players behind him, only to be brought down illegally just short of the line. The Woking scrum, which has looked shaky for the last few weeks, was solidified by the return of Hamilton-Wilkes, an ever present champion of the front row, and Smith finished the advance off with a pick and go from the base to secure a further 5 points. Once again the conversion spectacularly missed.

To their credit, Wandsowrthians picked themselves up and came back at Woking with some strong possession, and phase play resulting in a well constructed try from their small but effective wing. Continuing the theme further, the Wandsworthian 10 also spectacularly missed the conversion. Neither fly-half has yet claimed that the kicking conditions were worthwhile of such dire performances.

As Woking rode the surging tide of Wansworthian confidence, Neil Murphy provided relief with several meandering runs. After some sustained pressure, Aitchison capitalised on a wild pass from the Wansworthian fly half, and proceeded to stumble the length of the field to score under the posts. One would think the conversion unmissable. One would be wrong.

The intercepted try proved to be the nail in the coffin as Woking continued to dominate possession and territory for the remainder of the game. On occasions, the referee proving the last line of Wansworthians fractured defence. Tom Bennett made a huge impact, coming off the bench to destroy anything in his way. A final passage of strong forward running off of the outside half gave Adam Smith the honor of securing Woking's bonus point for the day.

Smith stated afterwards, "A well deserved and much needed bonus point win. This season is likely to boil down to bonus points and we must take heart in picking up losing bonus points from the previous matches. With the majority of the season still ahead of us there is plenty to play for. Time to turn Byfleet Rec into our fortress."

Woking 2's continued their fine form with yet another win, 54-29. The continued development and success of the 2nd team is particularly crucial to the development of Woking rugby, and such a win is a nice testament to captain Jason Williams' commitment and perseverance to provide the club with fixtures and players each week.