Woking chairman Andy Jones is looking ahead to new challenges as the Surrey Four outfit battle back from near extinction. As a tribute to club legend Richard Grady – who died in December 2019 – Jones took on the role last summer. Some felt it would be difficult to keep the club alive following the pandemic, but Jones gave it a go – and is now seeing the fruits of his considerable endeavours.
Match Report October 16th 2021
Spirit of rugby strong despite heavy defeat for Woking
Old Hamptonians RFC 124 Vs Woking RFC 19
A squad already missing several key players due to injury was further depleted on the eve and morning of Woking RFC’s match at Old Hamptonians as several of the squad were forced to self-isolate. As a result, Woking travelled with just 14 players to fulfil their league fixture declining the option to concede the fixture and hand their opponent’s victory.
In perfect conditions the hosts put on an impressive display of open running rugby. Throughout the match Woking had brief periods of pressure as their forwards were able to use their size and experience to put their opponents on the back foot.
A spokesman from Old Hamptonians said after the game, ‘Woking caught us on an exceptional day with a very young squad that have played rugby together for several years but to be fair to the guys they kept going throughout. I have no doubt in different conditions the result would have been much closer’.
Woking captain Mick O’Shea said ‘Despite the result strangely there were many positives to take from the match. They boys stuck to the task in hand and never gave up and against teams at the same level as us I expect we will be competitive. Our season will not be defined by days like today. After so long without competitive rugby the main thing was that rugby was played and in the right spirit!’
Woking’s try scorers were John Neil-Dickie (2) and KJ Nissen, conversions (2) R. Parker
Whilst many of us may have participated in tours to play rugby union in the Netherlands, you probably didn’t know they also played rugby league. Well they do and they are enjoying their most successful period in the history of the sport.Recently, the team won the European Championship D trophy in Turkey, and are now through to the Rugby League World Cup Qualification Stage for 2025.
In previous weeks Woking have been guilty of starting slowly, allowing their opponents to get on the front foot and build a lead. Away to Mitcham & Carshalton that wasn’t the case as Woking started positively with a focus not seen in previous weeks. Playing into a strong wind the visitors took the game to their hosts as forwards and backs combined to put their opponents on the back foot.