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Saturday saw Woking 1's play their final match of the season on home turf, before traveling to Berlin this coming weekend on tour. Original opposition Guildfordians pulled out at late notice due to injuries, but Farnham 2's kindly offered to make the trip over at short notice, lured by the good weather and one last chance to play 15's. As both teams warmed up, it was clear that Woking and Farnham were looking to finish the season on a high and the pre-match tension built to a superb opening half.
Woking received the kick off and set off charging up the field with determined running from Steve Rhodes, and John Stedman. Farnham hit hard in defence and a number of dodgy refereeing decision from guest ref Jason Williams caused a number of unexpected turnovers. Farnham hit equally as hard in attack as they did in defence and quick hands from their handy looking set of backs put them in at the corner for the opening score of the game. The numerous spectators gathered as part of the clubs President's day were dismayed as Woking slipped behind by 10-0. But momentum soon shifted as a great restart ended in the hands of Steve Rhodes who, in frustration, powered over the top of the entire Farnham team to bring his side into the game at 10-7. The floodgates opened, Woking clearly having weathered the storm, and a quick try from the dancing Aitchison and two powerful charges from Joe Bennett and Nick Franchino all converted by Aitchison brought the first half to close at 28-10.
Woking, fully aware that Farnham had it well within their abilities to hit back, began the second half with arguably their best rugby of the season. The scrums, lineouts, and phase play were exceptional with all players pulling their weight and eager to please the watching crowds. Matt Edwards as always, was on good form with his outrageous dummies, and Tom Shanks playing for the first time in the centres, was like a bull in a China shop, breaking everyone and everything in his path! Unquestionably the biggest performer of the day though was Steve Rhodes, who combined magnificently with Nick Franchino and crossed the line himself a further three times in short succession. One try converted by Aitchison brought the score to 45-10 with 15 minutes to play.
Farnham picked up an injury leaving them a man down and Aitchison officially skippering his team for the first time, took it upon himself to act as Farnham's replacement, bringing Tom Smith into the fold to play at no. 10 for Woking. An unfortunate introduction to the game for Smith sent a looping pass wide to be intercepted by Aitchison who ran the length of the pitch to score against his own team. A fact for which he was punished in good spirits back at the club house after the game. Nick Franchino also changed allegiances with 5 minutes remaining as Farnham picked up a further injury. The last play of the game saw Farnham once again cross the Woking whitewash after some great interlinking play from an otherwise run ragged team. The final score of the season, Woking 45 - 24 Farnham.
Skipper Aitchison beamed after the game, "A great day for playing rugby, and play we did. An all-round top performance from the Woking players who all played in great spirits. Thanks must go to Farnham for providing such a good last minute opposition. If we can come back after the summer break and play like we did today, I expect us to do quite well next season! If Steve Rhodes can play like that more often we might be losing him to a World Cup call up!"