Old Mids 10 - Old Whits 13
Much changed AXV fall short against Old Whits
Buoyed by last weeks performance the AXV looked forward to the first derby game of 2017 against a new looking Old Whits 2nd's at LMA. The AXV listed ten changes from the team that emphatically beat Battersea Ironsides in last weeks season opener. This included a club debut for Adam Dyer and season debuts for Harrington, Frith M, Cook P, Bates, Gohill, Mamode, Lanham and Sheard. Not forgetting international man of mystery Alan Cook, the younger and some might say better looking brother of our much loved Peter Cook.
The man in the middle set the tone for the afternoon when Mids captain Laurence Oliver greeted him on the pitch and the dreaded words "we've met before haven't we" came from the ref, "yes, I think we have!". Memories of our previous meeting came rushing back, and clearly my previous "recommendations" hadn’t gone unnoticed. Unperturbed the game got going.
The game it self was a tight affair throughout, the scrums evenly competitive but the Mids line out was again dominant. The backs also competed well against each other and always seemed to be putting each other under pressure and limiting the options to score. Mids were the first to break the dead lock when eventually getting he ball wide, David Bouchard scampered in the corner for his score, which was duly converted by David Perry.
Old Whits where not to rollover and in a moment of missed concentration from the The Mids (and possibly missed tackles), they got their first of two scores neither of which could be converted. I don’t remember how the second Whits try was scored, but I'm sure it was controversial, or at least it is now. The game ebbed and flowed through put with both teams missing chances to score, Perry took an opportunity to score a penalty and maintained his 100% record. The game remained level until Whits stalwart Les Todd (who also features in the Mids Vets side) slotted a penalty to take the lead and ultimately seal the win.
Its was another enjoyable afternoon for all, with Old Whits clearly the happier team at the end of the game. Old Mids could and should have done more to win this game . A game that was easily within their reach.
Next weekend we are off on our travels to Cobham.