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Match Report February 12th 2022
Woking lose out in basement battle.
Wandsworthians RFC 35 vs Woking RFC 10
Woking travelled to bottom club Wandsworthians on a chilly but sunny afternoon looking for their first league win of the season. With several players unavailable due to injury, illness and other commitments the Woking starting line-up was much changed with a number of players playing out of position.
After kicking off Woking were immediately under pressure as their opponents took the game to Woking. However, the Woking defence held firm but whilst in possession the team lacked the structure and cohesion of previous weeks.
As the half went on Woking grew in confidence and took the lead following good play by the forwards recycling the ball through several phases allowing captain Mick O’Shea to bulldoze over in the corner. To their credit Wandsworthains replied almost straight away following some good handling and break by their backline to score a converted try.
A further try followed following a Wandsworthians catch and drive from a lineout on the Woking 22m line. Woking rallied and took the game to Wandsworthians with more good forward play allowing KJ Nissen to score from close range.
Half time: Wandsworthians - 14 Woking 10
With the game there for the taking in the second half Woking started brightly but this soon faded as poor defending allowed Wandsworthians in for their third try of the afternoon. Spurred on by this and a large vocal home support Wandworthians were able use their bench to put on fresh legs.
Ultimately, this proved decisive as a tiring Woking side, despite their best efforts could not stop Wandsworthains from scoring a further 2 converted tries.
Final score: Wandsworthians 35 - Woking 10
Mick O’Shea, Woking Captain
“I’m disappointed. Wandsworthians deserved their victory today and were up for it. I can’t fault any of the lads for their application or effort, especially those playing positions that were unfamiliar to them. We missed our big ball carrying forwards who would usually get us on the front foot, just a couple of them would have made a big difference and the game would have been a lot closer.”
Photography by Justin Cliffe