Graft bears fruit

Old Oundelians 17
Woking 26

RUGBY: WOKING were made to work to navigate this potential banana skin fixture with struggling Old Oundelians on the weekend.

Looking to get back on track having been derailed with injuries and absences through January, Woking started strongly in their latest Surrey 4 fixture.

RUNNING MAN – Woking’s James Bannister is brought to a halt (Picture by: Geoff Banks)

RUNNING MAN – Woking’s James Bannister is brought to a halt (Picture by: Geoff Banks)

Surging runs in attack from Andy Hussey and man of the match Tommy Roberts caused chaos in the Oundelians’ back-line. And after a returned clearance kick by Roberts, Mike Aitchison found space and placed Dan Hills over the try line with a fantastic offload to open the scoring.

The conversion attempt was successful from Andy Hussey before an injury to Marc Riddell caused 20 minutes of unrest for the away side.

Woking’s momentum broken, Oundelians pounced, capitalising on a hat-trick of penalties and a gift of a try to engineer themselves a seven-point lead at the interval. A fightback, however, was always on the cards, and some strong words of encouragement from the coaching staff spurred Woking on to a dominant second-half performance.

Skipper Aitchison opened the second-half scoring when he danced his way past several floundering arms to touch down under the posts. The conversion from Hussey levelled things up at 14-14.

Justin Dougherty was in magnificent form at No.10 and bossed the Woking pack in search of further points. Phil Robertson, Matt Brennan, John Hursthouse and Shaun Gilbert provided a solid platform from which Matt Edwards, Ben Bremner and Al Hamilton-Wilkes could take the ball at pace with devastating effect.

A sniping try from scrum-half James Bannister took Woking clear with Hussey’s boot adding the extras.

Despite some gutsy rugby from Oundelians, who pressed close to the Woking line on a number of occasions, the away side stood firm, conceding only three more points. Robertson finished the game off after a solid scrum allowed him to pick from the back and power over the line.

The game closed at 26-17 in Woking’s favour. Captain Aitchison beamed: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable rugby match played in great spirits.

“Oundelians have some real quality but fortunately the Woking training regime is starting to kick in and we managed to pull ourselves back from the brink of another upset to take a well deserved win.”

WOKING are now recruiting senior players of all ages and capabilities. Any interested individuals should call 07737 952111 or email second XV skipper Jason Williams via j.williams8195@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

 

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