With the pitch being wet and the sky being overcast this was not going to be a day for running rugby; but for grit and determination and clever playing
David Stanton played at scrum half for the 1st XV, ensuring that with Dan Crouch they represented the oldest half back pairing in the league. The day was indeed one for records, as facing off against the AXV was a 7'2 behemoth who holds the record for Britain's tallest policeman.
After a few minutes, Chipstead gave away a penalty, which Dan Crouch duly converted. More penalties followed, and soon the Mids were 9-0 up against an opposition who had not looked particularly dangerous. Contrasted to the vintage maturity of Crouch, the Chipstead kicker was unable to convert any of his penalties into points, however soon the pressure paid off and Chipstead had scored. 9-7.
A beautiful bit of back play saw Marc McEvilly go over the line for the Mids, and the addition from the seemingly perfect boot of Crouch enabled Mids to open the gap to 16-7. Some complacency crept into the Mids team, and after a succession of penalties Chipstead kicked the points to make the score 19-10. For his heinous transgressions at the ruck, Adam Stammers was shown a yellow card and came off for a pint in the sin bin.
Keen to keep the gap open, Crouch was able to convert another penalty to make the score 19-10. Chipstead also saw a man sent to the sin bin, but managed to score again. The scores were tight at 19-15.
Adam Stammers was keen to get back into the fray, and as the referee signaled that his ten minutes in the sin bin was up, he appealed to Coach Edwards "Who am I going on for?". Coach Edwards reply was not suitable for printing.
The game had now descended into one of attrition, and skipper Ali Hall flopped over the line from half a metre out to score a try. The conversion was missed making it 24-15.
With the last play of the game Chipstead kicked a conversion, securing them a losing bonus point with a final score of 24-18. The game was a hard fought and often fraught affair - whilst it will not go down in the annals of Mids' classics, it was a solid victory nonetheless.