Match Report October 30th 2021

Disappointing afternoon for Woking after strong start

Mitcham & Carshalton 59 vs Woking RFC 0

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.

Disappointing afternoon for Woking after strong start

Mitcham improved as the half went on but Woking remained resolute in defence with Jordon Baker, Marc McGiven, Jake Sines and Ben Dinsdale impressive in defence. The match turned in the space of a couple of minutes.

Following some clever play by scrum half Baker taking a quick penalty the Mitcham & Carshalton defence infringed once too often resulting in their blindside flanker being shown a yellow card. Rather than spurring Woking on it only served to wake up the well drilled hosts who took control of the game by scoring 2 quick breakaway tries, capitalising on mistakes by Woking.

Now on the back foot Woking struggled to contain the hosts who camped on their line, using the strong wind behind them to maintain field position to score a further 2 tries. The latter coming during the last play of the half as Woking failed to clear their lines.

Having used half time to regroup and with the conditions in their favour Woking started in the same manner as the first half competing well without ever really threatening the Mitcham line. As the game wore on Woking were reduced to 14 men due to injuries and a limited bench meaning Mitcham were able to take advantage of a tiring Woking side and the additional man advantage to score several more tries. Again, capitalising on errors and poor decision making by Woking.

Woking Captain Mick O’Shea said afterwards, "Again I can only praise the lads for sticking to the task. As in previous weeks they left everything out there and can be proud of the effort. We are improving every week and for large parts of the game we were competitive against a good Mitcham & Carshalton side. We now need to focus on cutting out the individual errors and improve our decision making. Compared to last season and the start of this one, the improvement in the side has been massive despite the result."

Man of the Match: Marc McGiven

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