Old Mid-Whitgiftian 23 - Old Blues 22
Mids leave it late to make it two home wins out of two
Before the game had even kicked off the referee laid down his mark by telling both sides that the side who gave the least amount of backchat would win the game. It was therefore just as well for Mids that Andrew Dean was unavailable for this one as at least this gave Mids a fighting chance!
The former players were out in force expecting to be treated to a fast free flowing game however the game proved to be a scrappy affair with the Mids dominating the scrums but struggling at lineout time.
It was from their dominance in the scrum that Mids scored their first try as number 8 George Daniels grounded the ball from the back of the scrum as the Mids pack marched Old Blues backwards at a rate of knots.
Mids then scored their second try of the match through Dave Spedding. It was a quality try which was superbly well taken by Dave in the corner under immense pressure from the rushing defence (or at least that is what he told me).
Mids third try came from captain Ali Hall making it two in two home games for him this season as following a driving maul he peeled off to punch his way through a gap and over the line.
At some point Dan Crouch must have converted one of the tries and kicked a penalty. He may have also got another kick but despite Neil Walker giving the kick the referee over ruled him!
It was however not all plain sailing for the Mids as they allowed Old Blues back into the game. With two late tries Old Blues took what looked like a winning lead of 20-22 however Mids were awarded a penalty in the 79th minute and up stepped club stalwart Dan Crouch to hold his nerve and slot the points that gave Mids a 23-22 victory!
In the end it was a great team display as Mids came back to win a game that they nearly threw away however special mention should go to man of the match, John Bocking, who instead of playing in his normal position of open-side flanker filled in faultlessly at fullback!