Occassionals 12 - Lightwater 10

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As the match kicked off under grey skies and slightly late due to the distance of the pitch from the changing rooms with no refreshment station midway, the superstars of yesteryear proceeded into battle.

Woking's Stanley Fisher in the thick of things, both in defence and attack, showed the silky skills that provided his team early dominance for the likes of Jim McGiven the team captain and rampaging loose forward Gordon Parry to make surging runs threatening Lightwater’s try line. One such run from Parry ended inches away from a score as he juggled with the ball before dropping it just short of the line.

The Ben Kay moment spurred Lightwater on and they began to mount their own attacks running some great lines but the Woking defence was resilient and when a pass went astray McGiven pounced to make the interception before displaying rapier like speed and agility as he cut through Lightwater’s defence to score the opening try which was duly converted.

Lightwater regrouped and from the kick off pulled their opponents defence to pieces creating the gap for their hooker to touchdown, the missed conversion leaving the score Woking 7 Lightwater 5 at half time.

The second half saw the teams cancelling one another out with the majority of the game being played in the middle of the pitch. Notable defensive performances from Richard Grady and Matt Childs ensured that the score remained the same.

Lightwater put together a powerful maul which ended with them scoring a second try and taking the lead in the match.

But with encouragement from the crowded touchline, Woking’s will to win shone through and stars of the backline Stephen Grady and Harry Parry started to find the gaps to exploit. On one occasion the ball flowing the width of the pitch accurately and at speed but for a last ditch try saving tackle Woking would have regained the lead.

As the game was drawing to a close and following a minor altercation between the front rows, Woking's superior fitness created chance after chance. With seconds left Steve Willis dotted down to give Woking’s warriors a deserved victory 12 - 10.

Life Vice Presidents Justin Key, Phil Bennett and Steve Workman applauded the team from the field with Key exclaiming ‘he had never seen a game like it’.

The occasional's provided the club with the perfect start to Presidents Day.