Surrey 4 Champions!!!

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Woking 38 Guildfordians 10
Saturday 24th March 2018

As kick off approached and a large crowd gathered on the touchline, Michael Aitchison led his team out for their penultimate league match of the 2017/18 season with high expectations placed on the team they lined up purposefully.

This top of the table clash could decide the league championship and secure promotion. As the game began you could feel the tension around the pitch but Woking’s well prepared team remained unaffected. Straight away they tore the Guildfordian defence apart allowing Joe Bennett to cross the whitewash for the first try of the day.

A lack of concentration from the restart led to Guildfordians immediately replying with a try of their own, two minutes into the game and the score at 5-5. Woking regrouped and began to take control of the game marshalled around the pitch by the outstanding Michael Aitchison. Woking’s powerful forwards dominating and crushing all in their path. Guildfordians seemed to have no answers to the Woking game plan.

Following a scrum which saw Guildfordians fly backwards at great speed, scrum half Callum Wogan touched down to restore the lead. Woking now with total dominance piled on the pressure. Aitchison imperious as he marshalled his troops and the Woking pack starved the opposition of any possession. It was not long before the beast of a man that is number eight big Joe Bennett decimated the defence in front of him to score his second try. Aitchison then slotted an excellent penalty to extend the lead as half time approached.

Again Woking's forward pack marched Guildfordians backwards and the ever alert Aitchison spotted a gap which he fully exploited to score the bonus point try.

Guildfordians rallied and following a neat piece of interplay they pulled a score back, half time Woking 28 Guildfordians 10.

The second half began and the excursions of the first half showed in the Guildfordian team as Woking dominated in every area of the game. Second row powerhouses Dan Hills and Shaun Gilbert not only securing their own lineout ball but also winning a number of the oppositions. From one of these Woking set up an unstoppable rolling maul with hooker Rory Blundell crashing over the line for another five points ending the game as a spectacle, Guildfordians pack wearily trudging back for the restart.

As the game was drawing to a close and celebrations were starting in the excited crowd, arch try poacher Rory Blundell crossed again - Woking 38 Guildfordians 10 as the referee who had had an excellent game, put his whistle to his lips to bring the game to an end.

Celebrations that were to last long into the night began in earnest. Head Coach Pete D’cruz gathered all the players, coaches and volunteers together on the pitch to enjoy the moment that Woking won Surrey 4 and were crowned champions.

1. David Garvey
2. Rory Blundell
3. Alisdair Hamilton-Wilkes
4. Shaun Gilbert
5. Dan Hills
6. Pearse Johnson
7. Steve Rhodes
8. Joe Bennett
9. Callum Wogan
10. Michael Aitchison
11. Chris Wallis
12. Mark Rose
13. Jake Sines
14. Matt Boorman
15. Gareth Nearn
16. Lee Abi Haydar
17. Justin Dougherty
18. Jordan Baker

MotM Michael Aitchison