Missed chances cost Woking dearly

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Woking Team: 
First XV
Opponent Team: 
Egham Hollowegians


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Woking made the short trip over to Egham hoping to get their season back on track and start December with a win. The game started well and Woking managed to get good possession early on, a positive change from the last few weeks. However Egham have much improved from the last few seasons and showed some excellent defence. It looked like Woking had made the breakthrough when Callum Wogan, back from a recent religious retreat crashed through the Egham lines. A 2 on 1 opportunity was on, however Gareth Nearn, back from a short loan spell at Farnham couldn't collect the pass. Some attritional play from the forwards saw out the first half.

It was Egham who started brightly and Woking were severely tested in defence. Steve Rhodes may be the smallest man in the pack but he lead from the front smashing back attack after attack. Finally a great hit from James Webber caused Egham to spill the ball and gave Woking opportunity to clear their lines.

Play continued to be ground out in midfield with neither side giving an inch. Shortly after the deadlock was broken with Josh Parker giving away a penalty in midfield, this was further increased to another 10 metres after Parker questioned the referees parentage. The Egham 10, cool as you like slotted the three points.

The final 10 minutes saw Woking desperately go for a try to win the game. Woking had several penalties and could have sealed a draw, however captain Blundell went for territory with line outs.

It wasn't going to be Woking's day when confusion in midfield caused the ball to be spilt and Egham awarded a scrum. From there they broke blind and threatened the Woking 22. Some desperate defence prevented Egham making too many inches but it was the 10 who struck again with a sweet drop goal from the pocket. With a minute left, Woking went for the final score but Egham saw out the game.

Captain Rory Blundell commented: "Another tough day, however a lot to take from this game. Our defence was much improved from the last few weeks. It our attack can click in 2017 then we will be dangerous. It was great to see a few returnees and we need to ensure that we have as many people fit and available for the rest of the season".

Jordan Mayes, Rory Blundell, Lee Abi Haydar, Dan Hills, Shaun Gilbert, James Webber, Steve Rhodes, Philipp Schulze, Justin Dougherty, Mark Rose, Alex Holmes, Callum Wogan, Lewis Chance, Gareth Nearn, James Bannister, Josh Parker, Jim McGiven, Chris J Wallis