Woking run up cricket score against Hapless Haslemere

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After a long summer, the 2017/18 league campaign finally rolled around for Woking RFC. After starting a week late due to a bye in round 1, the start to the season almost stalled again due to Haslemere struggling for players. However it was a case of the show must go on, especially with Woking Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Graham Cundy and Will Forster in attendance for the season opener. After some negotiation, Woking were able to loan Haslemere some players and it was game on.

From the off, it was one way traffic with Haslemere having no answer to a large Woking pack who created a strong base for Gareth Nearn, Jake Sines and captain Michael Aitchison to touch down. Not wanting to miss out on the glory, the forwards also got in on the scoring with second rows Patrick Watts and Joe Bennett grabbing one each and hooker David Garvey performing a fine job in the absence of Rory Blundell grabbing two tries. Outside half Justin Dougherty was also in fine form with the boot nailing 6 of 7 conversions. Woking dominated all facets of the set piece and open play which was a testament to the solid pre-season work under head coach Pete D'Cruz to take a 47-0 lead into half time.

The comfortable lead allowed D'Cruz and Aitchison the opportunity to experiment with the line up in the second half, as well as give those who had been loaned to Haslemere for the first half some game time. Early into the first half, this looked to have been a mistake as David Garvey, now in the White and Blue of Haslemere got his personal hat trick to prevent a complete whitewash. This shock forced Woking into action who reverted back to their play in the first half. The scores came thick and fast from both backs and forwards, special note going to old dog Jon Hursthouse who got a well deserved score; much of his work going unnoticed. After an action packed 80 minutes, the game concluded 102-5 to Woking.

After the game, Pete D'Cruz commented “I can't have asked for more from the guys who played today. Every man who played for either side gave everything and we'll enjoy this evening. However Tuesday we will be back to work with Raynes Park next week being a completely different test.” Club President Stanley Fisher commented “What a great day for Woking RFC. Both our sponsors and guests from Woking BC thoroughly enjoyed the display of rugby as well as the hospitality laid on afterwards. I'd like to thank Haslemere for doing everything in their power to ensure the game was played despite league points not being on the line.”