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Woking finally look to have returned to form after another promising victory this weekend against Egham Hollowegians RFC. Last week saw some crucial players returning from injury, and this week was much the same, Tom Eker and Dan Edwards finally returning from absence. Woking were fired up for a tough encounter against the Egham team who have been sitting comfortably in 2nd position since early in the season. The first ten minutes of the match were both scrappy yet scintillating to observe, with end to end action and some fierce defence on both sides. Dan Edwards was the first to break the deadlock, with his usual graceful stepping he secured the first 7 points for Woking. Woking continued the pressure with some fine running from deep from Tom Eker and Neil Murphy, and after a perfectly weighted pass from Egham's no.9, Mike Aitchison ran on at full speed to gather the intercept and burst through unopposed to the try line.
Egham bounced back with some very strong forward running, and Woking's defence momentarily crumbled to allow a somewhat suspect try. A further 10 minutes of fierce rugby ensued until Aitchison found a mismatch of shape and size on the wing to finish off an excellent try in the corner, unexpectedly converted by Dan Edwards. Inspired by some exceptional dummy passes from brother Matt Edwards, Dan Edwards dummied his way under the posts shortly after, unexpectedly missing the conversion, but taking Woking in to half time with a comfortable lead.
Egham looked to be having an off day when from the 2nd half kick off Aitchison gathered, dummied, and went the length of the field before placing James Bannister in for a quick opening try. Once more from the kick off Phil Robertson reliably gathered and set off some crashing forward interlinking play between himself, Adam Smith, and Josh Parker resulting in a penalty in front of the posts, which Dan Edwards converted just to rub salt into open Egham wounds. The salt sparked another resurgence from Egham who showed their quality as a team, stringing together some strong passages of play to show weaknesses in Woking's defence that need to be worked on before the next league game, with their no.10 crossing the line for 5.
Spurred on by the defensive laps, and some excellent line-out work from Shaun Gilbert, man of the match Aitchison appeared to step up a gear, wreaking havoc with some sevens style running and link up play all over the park. Two quick tries in succession from Woking's no.10 put the game to rest, as Egham lost their heads and started throwing some wild shots at a number of Woking players. The referee controlled the game excellently and despite a minor lapse in concentration from Woking, allowing Egham in for the last score of the game, the match finished in good spirits and all enjoyed club beers together in the true style of rugby.
Skipper Adam Smith for once struggled to find a negative from the performance, and beamed, "The forwards provided a very solid platform, and with the return of some key players, the backs confidence was obviously high today. An all round quality, and much needed, team performance!"