Woking v Old Suttonians

Match Date: 
Woking Team: 
First XV
Opponent Team: 
Old Suttonians


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Opponent Score: 

Woking 29 Old Suttonians 10

Under dark skies and with a deceptive swirling wind the match kicked off, determination etched onto the faces of the Woking team. Just moments into the game, following strong and damaging surges forward by Woking’s powerful pack and some accurate passing, flanker Pearce Johnson picked a perfect line and surged through Old Suttonians defensive line at great speed to touch down for the first try. The swirling wind pushed the ball wide of the posts as the conversion was missed Woking 5 Old Suttonians 0.

Immediately from the restart there was a repeat performance Woking’s number eight and birthday boy Joe Bennett dispensing with defenders at will before an intelligent run from second row Dan Hills created the space for Pearce Johnson to touch down for the unbeaten league leaders second score again the conversion was unsuccessful Woking 10 Old Suttonians 0.

Much to Old Suttonians credit they rallied and increased their intensity as Woking appeared to dial theirs down a notch, both defences creating a stalemate which lasted for the rest of the first half barring an Old Suttonians penalty making the half time score Woking 10 Old Suttonians 3.

The second half began much as the first half had ended the game badly needed a spark and this was provided by Woking flanker Steve Rhodes who made a number of bludgeoning runs into the heart of opposition defence creating gaps and space for his backline to exploit but inaccuracy and over ambition meant that these opportunities were wasted. From a penalty on the twenty two Woking centre Mark Rose directed the play and picked a superb line and at speed he collected the ball and surged over the line defenders flaying all around him, scrum half Justin Dougherty adding the points for a successful conversion Woking 17 Old Suttonians 3.

As Suttonians tired, gaps began to appear, winger Gareth Nearn out pacing the defenders jinking and stepping them to cross the try line only to over run the pitch, something I don’t think his team mates will let him forget any time soon.

Following this Woking moved up a gear first Joe Bennett crossing for an unconverted try then fly half Michael Aitchison dummying a pass and breaking through to score under the posts this score was converted Woking 29 old Suttonians 3.

The bonus point win secured, again, Woking turned down the gas and as the game faded to a close Old Suttonians put together an excellent move which ended with a deserved converted try Woking 29 Old Suttonians 10.

The referee who had controlled the game well brought the contest to an end. Woking remain league leaders and undefeated and with positive results in the next two weeks promotion could be secured.

Woking Life Vice President Mr Justin Key stated post match that ‘it was crucial to maintain the drive and desire that had got the team to this position and not allow complacency to creep in.’

1. Alisdair Hamilton-Wilkes
2. Rory Blundell
3. David Garvey
4. Lee Abi Haydar
5. Dan Hills
6. Pearse Johnson
7. Steve Rhodes
8. Joe Bennett
9. Justin Dougherty
10. Michael Aitchison
11. Gareth Nearn
12. Mark Rose
13. Matt Boorman
14. Harry Jarman
15. Jordan Baker

16. Jon Hursthouse
17. Shaun Gilbert
18. Pete D’cruz

MotM Pearse Johnson