Hard day at office for inexperienced Woking side

Match Date: 
01/10/2016
Woking Team: 
Second XV
Location: 
Home
Opponent Team: 
Old Reigatians
Type: 
Friendly

Score

Woking Score: 
7
Opponent Score: 
67

With a free weekend for the second team, they managed to pick up a much needed fixture against Old Reigatians. In the past few seasons both firsts and seconds have had some interesting contests against Old Reigatians in both friendlies and Merit table games so Woking were confident in their chances going into the game.

Woking got off to the worst possible start with a knock on from the first kick off. From the resulting scrum, Reigatians broke through a scattered Woking defence to get the first points of the day. This seemed to serve as the wake up call Woking needed as they immediately went on the attack from the resulting kick off. A couple of phases of ball through the forwards resulted in the ball being spun wide to full back Adam Hawkins who broke down the wing. The ball was nicely set up for hooker David Garvey to break through to score under the posts. Outside half Shane Connaughton slotted the conversion to equalise.

Unfortunately, this was not to be the comeback that Woking were hoping for with Reigatians taking advantage of Woking mistakes with clinical precision running in a further 5 tries by half time. The second half proved much the same with further scores being run in with no answer from Woking. The misery was compounded by a broken leg for captain Colin Pearce and dislocated shoulders for 8 Dale Lovell and centre Josh Griffiths.

Although the scoreline does not show it, Woking did show some potential for the rest of the season. Mentions go to Tom Smith who did well at line out, Danny Collins did a great job at bossing from scrum half, Adam Hawkins with some last ditch defence, for which the scoreline could have been far more severe and Karl Robertson for trying to organise the defence from the wing.

Stand in captain following Colin Pearce's absence, Matthew Brennan commented "That was a tough day at the office. It was never going to be an easy day against a club of Reigatians calibre, especially with such an inexperienced squad and injuries hitting us hard. I take my hat off to the newer club members who have shown 100% commitment in both training and games and are eager to learn. I am sure with more commitment from some of the old heads at both training and games, we can build a squad who can improve greatly as the season progresses".