Woking 1XV Win at home to Vandals in a pre Christmas Friendly

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First XV
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Weybridge Vandals


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Woking took on Weybridge Vandals down at Byfleet Rec on Saturday, with a mixed 1's and 2's side facing Vandals 2's. For the fourth week running Woking were quick off the mark and looked sharp, with a quickly recycled ball fired smoothly through the hands out to wing Evan Marchant to open the scoring with a deft finish. A moment later, from a similarly quickly recycled ball, the forwards providing a solid platform, Aitchison chipped over the defensive line, gathered and went under the posts.

Vandals looked shocked at the pace with which the game had started, obviously catching them off guard, but Woking did not let up the onslaught, Justin Dougherty powering his way through several tackles to drag himself and a number of others over the line to make it 17-0 within the first 10 minutes. Despite the best efforts of Vandals, Woking stood resolute for the remainder of the half, some sterling defensive work from one of Woking's unsung workhorses, Jon Hursthouse, knocking players down left, right and centre. A quick turnover ball by returning to form Steve Rhodes found the swift hands of the backs, and Evan Marchant confidently finished off in the corner to bring the half to a close at 22-0.

Woking made a large majority of changes for the second half, and the change in personnel took a while to settle in. Vandals capitalized on the dis-organised Woking ranks scoring a well crafted try. With order returned, Captain Adam Smith lead the Woking team by example, charging around the field in an excellent display of captaincy, and reaping the benefits of his hard work by charging over the try line to bring Woking back to life. A scrappy half saw an exchange of tries, notable highlights being Marc Ridell's bulldozing ball carrying, and Colin Pearce showing delightful delicacy on his feet for a man of such rotund form, dancing over the try line late on. Vandals had the final word, but too little too late as Woking finished the game with an excellent 34-19 victory.

Another local derby awaits Woking next week as they travel to Chobham for a pre-Christmas mixed club match. Skipper Smith said, "We hope to carry our form into next week, but, already looking to be missing some key players for the fixture, it will prove a tough challenge whilst an excellent opportunity for some of the new lads to experience the delights of a Chobham v Woking fixture!"