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Woking kicked off their first league game of the season on Saturday, hosting Reigate in Surrey league four. With the pitch in perfect playing order, the weather holding out and with both sides evenly matched - the scene was set for a festival of running rugby. Sadly the score line didn’t reflect the ambitions of the two sides.
From the opening exchanges it quickly became evident that the sides were evenly matched. While Reigate had the better of the earlier exchanges and exerted pressure on the home side, Woking’s defence held strong. Woking held out under immense pressure from the opposition forwards. Reigate were forced to opt for penalties as they were unable to cross the Woking line. They missed, to the relief of the home support.
At the stroke of half time Woking’s spirited defence paid-off as backs pairing Andy Hussey and Matt Armstrong interlinked well to score a break-away try. At half time then, the score was 5-0 to the hosts.
At the start of the second half however Reigate hit back quickly with an opportunistic try following a well placed cross field quick that managed to get behind Woking’s solid defensive platform. 5-5 the score. Moments later they managed to kick a penalty. 5-8 to Reigate.
Woking then suffered an additional blow when flanker Steve Rhodes was sin-binned for infringements off the scrum. Woking held out for 10 minutes when reduced to 14 men. In the closing stages of the match Woking made every effort to secure the win. Camped on the Reigate line they exerted considerable pressure, securing 4 consecutive scrums on the line. But alas Reigate held out and managed to secure the win.