Old Johnians

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Woking Team: 
First XV
Opponent Team: 
Old Johnians


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As Woking took to the field looking to return to winning ways a steely determination was evident on the players faces but unfortunately they started slowly and ten minutes in Johnian’s youthful backs split the Woking defence and ran through to dot down for a converted try, this was quickly followed by a fortunate interception which added a further five points for the home team. Woking were not able to get any good ball and when they did were unable to keep it.

Johnian’s third try came following some good handling in midfield, Woking needed a spark and it came from Pearce Johnson playing at number eight he fought for the ball tussling with two of the oppositions forwards close to half way before running powerfully through several tackles to touch down for the teams first score of the afternoon on twenty minutes, the try was duly converted by Aitchison, and the game began to turn Dinsdale robbing opposition ball at rucks and forceful runs from Johnson, Garvey and Paul Rose causing some nervous moments for the home support.

Johnian’s 19 Woking 7 at the break.

The second half began with Woking dominating, now the wind and slope were with them, and captain and fly half Mark Rose took control of the game powerful surges forward from their now dominant pack creating scoring opportunities but they did not trouble the scoreboard until prop Garvey decided to solve the issue himself charging through the opponents like skittles to add the second try. With plenty of time left in the game Woking looked the likely victors, a rolling maul forcing Johnian’s from the half way line back to their own try line only to be forced out at the very last moment, a defence splitting run from Nearn again so close but no score. injuries to Pearce, Haydar and then Dinsdale halted the teams momentum and Johnian’s exploited the gaps to cross the line on two further occasions, but Woking showed true resolve and fighting spirit forcing the foe back well inside their twenty two winning a line out just five metres out, Man of the match Johnson safely winning the ball and the walking wounded of his pack summoned the strength to push him over for the final score of the game.

1 Dave Garvey
2 Mick O;Shea
3 Colin Pearce
4 Lee Haydar
5 John Hursthouse
6 Matt Brennan
7 Ben Dinsdale
8 Pearce Johnson
9 Mike Aitchison
10 Mark Rose
11 Gareth Nearn
12 Mark Sargeson
13 Paul Rose
14 Kieran Siddons
15 Chris Wallis

16 Jim McGiven
17 Ross Cahalane

MotM Pearce Johnson