Rugby Match Report: Purley John Fisher 10 – 24 OMW

By - Thursday 26th September, 2013

Saturday September 21st saw Old Mids travel to their bitter rivals Purley John Fisher for the first round of an always hotly contested local derby, writes Nathan Bacon

Still smarting from their defeat the week before, Mids were looking to prove that their new game plan would work. There were some fresh faces in the squad, with Adam Stammers returning from holiday and Paul Murphy and Alex Scott being promoted from the 2nd XV for the fixture.

The game started as expected, with both sides sounding out the strengths and weaknesses of the other. With the Mids scrum dominating, the backs were given the ideal platform to work from, and it wasn’t long before they were on the attack. A dart by scrum half Dave Stanton allowed Seb Gogerly to make a lot of ground before offloading to give Gareth Pritchard a try right under the posts. This was duly converted and after fifteen minutes the score was 0-7. Sadly Captain Joe Baulf had to leave the field with a shoulder injury at this point.

Mids continued to put on the pressure, camping out on the Fisher five metre line. However a turnover soon gave Fisher the upper hand, and a quick pass saw them running through the centre and eventually getting a try. With the conversion the score was tied at 7-7. Soon after the restart, Mids conceded a penalty for crossing which Fisher elected to kick. At half time the scores were 10-7.

Gogerly received the ball on his wing, and was able to run it in from the half way line, scoring brilliantly in the  corner

Soon after half time confusion reigned with some of the refereeing decisions. When a penalty was reversed against the Mids after a Fisher player spoke to the referee, Director of Rugby Chris Callaway was shown a red card for making his thoughts on the matter clear. With only Dan Crouch left pitchside to coach the team, they nonetheless pressed home their attacks.

With Fisher on the back foot on their own 5 metre line, a series of professional fouls meant they soon found themselves down to 13 men, with two in the sin bin. A superb scrum by the Mids, whose front row had dominated thus far, saw No. 8 Joe Marchant score the walkover try, making the scores 10-12.

Just minutes after the restart Mids were once again on the attack, even in the face of spirited Purley defence. Gogerly received the ball on his wing, and was able to run it in from the half way line, scoring brilliantly in the  corner. With another missed conversion, the score was 10-17. Soon after the restart PJF had possession, and kicked it away. However Joe Marchant was deemed to have interfered with the Fisher player running through, and soon found himself in the sin bin.

Despite the fortunes having been reversed and the Mids facing 15 Fisher men with only 14 players, this made no difference on their attack. After a series of probing attacks, prop Nathan Bacon took crashed the ball from the side of a ruck on the 22 and after a blistering run through 4 tackles was able to score under the posts. With James Orchard scoring the conversion, Mids won the game 10-24.



The Old Mid-Whitgiftian Rugby Football Club is the rugby arm of the Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Association. Homes games are played at Lime Meadow Avenue, Sanderstead, with the team fielding several sides and hosting a youth set up. The 1st XV will be playing in the London Division 3 South West for 2013/14.

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