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Saturday 5th November saw rugby giants, Woking RFC take on Horley RFC away in what could prove to be a clash between the champions and runners up of Surrey 4.
Woking started on the wrong foot with both their centres and scrum half, turning up late from a quiche cooking class resulting in an unsettled warm up routine from outstanding, Ofsted rated, PE teacher Mark Rose.
Horley started strongly right from the off, using their discipline and organisation at the break down to pin Woking on the back foot. A strong and fast defensive back line sadly wasn't mirrored on the blind side with Horley going over the white wash early in the first half.
Steve Rhodes went off injured after a valiant attempt to secure a loose ball with his chin; A suspected fractured jaw which will need further investigation.
Further injuries from Wogan (dead leg) and Griffiths-Moore (knee) in the first half meant Woking were destined to have a tough day at the office.
Some glimmers of hope came from Joe Bennet's offensive attacks and Matt Armstrong's short lasting, yet ferociously direct runs were sadly to no avail.The first half was undoubtedly Horley's victory with minimal attacking possession from Woking.
The second half was much more promising from Woking. Former rugby league fly-half, Sargeson took control of the possession using superstar centre, Dan Hills and back row, mammoth, Joe Bennett in some excellent crash ball play conjoined with some clever offloads to Armstrong.
The attacking pressure from Woking proved too much for Horley with tries coming from captain, Blundell and Sargeson.
Unfortunately for Woking, the injuries kept coming. Armstrong (foot) and shortly after, Woking's number 8, Phil Shultze appeared to have been picked off by a sniper, with a blown ham string leaving them with 13 men on the field.
Despite the deficit in players, the last 10 minutes proved to be Woking's strongest play of the game. Unfortunately, in typical Woking fashion, it was just too little, too late. Final score Horley vs Woking, 30 - 19.
Final words from player/coach, Aitchison: "Horley may have been the better team on the day however, I'm not convinced they are the better team overall. I very much look forward to welcoming them to our pitches in the second half of the season with our full team. Today, we learn from our mistakes, we bounce back and continue with our league winning, promotion season."
Matt Shepherd, Rory Blundell, Ben Bremner, Jon Hursthouse, Dan Hills, Joe Bennett, Steve Rhodes, Philipp Schulze, James Bannister, Mark Sargeson, Seb Murphy, Jim McGiven, Callum Wogan, Faron Griffiths-Moore, Matt Armstrong, David Garvey, Matthew Brennan, Adam Hawkins