Afternoon to forget for Woking as they slip to defeat against bottom club
Wandsworthians RFC 27 vs Woking RFC 0
Woking made the short journey up the A3 to take on Wandsworthains for their first, and long overdue away fixture of the 2022/23 season. Looking to bounce back from a disappointing home defeat the previous week Woking travelled to the leagues bottom club with a much-changed squad due to many players being unavailable through injury, work, or personal commitments.
On a bright but blustery afternoon Woking kicked off into a strong wind looking to avoid a repeat of the slow start they had been guilty of the previous Saturday. Despite the many changes and players playing out of position the visitors dominated the early exchanges without really making deep inroads to Wandsworthians territory.
The hosts who had yet to win this season and failed to field a side the previous 2 weeks took their time to find their feet. As they grew into the game they were aided by a number of penalties against Woking which allowed them to camp in their 22m. Excellent defensive work by Phil Price and KJ Nissen prevented Wandsworthians on more than one occasion.
With the penalty count growing Wandsworthains pressure paid off as they finally breached the overstretched Woking defence. Soon after Wandsworthians extended their lead with further tries as Woking were penalised for a wide variety of offenses and at times baffling decisions.
The second half continued in much the same vein. To a man Woking remained committed but were never allowed to get a foothold in the game or build up any momentum. Visibly buoyed with the way the game was going and cheered on by a vocal home crowd Wandsworthians killed the game off with further tries whilst Woking were down to 14 following a yellow card for Lucas Romelfanger. All in all, it was an afternoon to forget for Woking and one they will be looking to move on from quickly.
Captain Jacob Woods, ’This was a tough one to take, two poor results in a row. A lot of decisions went against us. We have a fortnight until the next game when a few more players will be able to return. We need to respond better in adversity and when things go against us. I believe with the group of players we have there will be a response and we will return to winning ways sooner rather than later’,
Next Match: 05/11/22 Raynes Park RFC (A) 2.30 pm