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With both league games being cancelled by carded opposition and the seconds replacement fixture also cancelled by Farnham, it was Battersea Ironsides 5ths who provided a fixture for the 2's. Due to a full home card, Woking made the early trip to Wandsworth for a 13:30 kick off with 14 players due to work commitments, injuries and shopping bag carrying duties meaning a spate of late drop outs.
Ironsides were gracious enough to loan Woking a back rower and after a quick warm up & stretch, the game got underway with Ironsides kicking off to Woking. The early exchanges were fairly even, however it was ill discipline at the breakdown which cost Ironsides. A break down the middle by John Dickie scattered the Ironsides defence which led to them killing the ball at a ruck. Shane Connaughton stepped up to slot the opening points.
Ironsides returned the kick to Woking, knowing they were now in a game. Shortly after, they struck back from the back of a scrum. Despite good pressure from Woking forwards, their 8 broke from the base making good ground before linking with their backs for their first points. 7-3 Ironsides.
Under normal circumstances, heads would drop but not this time. A long deep kick from Mark Sargeson caused confusion amongst the Ironsides back 3 and Alex Ander making his debut for Woking on the wing scored his easiest try ever. Connaghton slotted the extras with a fine touchline conversion. 10-7 Woking.
The rest of the first half didn't go Woking's way with Ironsides running in 3 more tries to make the half time score 26-10. Despite the scoreline, there was some great work in defence, if a little keen at times resulting in penalties for offside as well as at the scrums where Woking were up against a very experienced pack.
For the second half, Woking were kindly loaned Ironsides chairman Dan Marshall who encouraged Woking to use the dog ball as an offensive weapon. This worked to great effect and Woking started performing better at the breakdown. Ironsides were still giving away silly penalties and Woking took advantage second half with late tries from Tom Smith and Matt Shepherd. Despite this, it wasn't quite enough with Ironsides getting a late try of their own taking the final score to 31-22.
Captain James Plowright commented after the game "I thought it was a great effort from the lads today and I couldn't have asked for any more from the people who put their hands up to play. However there is still plenty to work on before we become the finished article but I'm confident this team can go from strength to strength".
Woking line up
Adam Hammond, Ben Dinsdale, Matt Shepherd, Matthew Brennan, John Dickie, Ben Hall, James Plowright, Dan Marshall, Tom Smith, Mark Sargeson, Shane Connaghton, Ross Cahalane, Shane Jenkins, Ted Beneke, Alex Ander, Danny Collins