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The Old Street Legends took on Bank of England in the final of the Middlesex Vets Cup at Grasshoppers at came away with the Trophy.
After some controversy as to where the match would be played the game finally kicked off in great conditions in front of a large crowd of supporters at Syon Lane, South West London.
Street went ahead with a score under the posts from Alex ‘Dancing Bear’ Webb (7-0) but soon after Bank kicked a penalty to close the gap (7-3).
After a series of penalties, Street found themselves back in their own 22 and Bank’s rather large pack drove over from a line out (7-8).
From the restart Street, battled their way into the opposition’s 22 only to find the ball in the hands of a distinctly youthful looking winger who ran the length of the pitch to go in under the posts (7-15).
Half-Time came and with it Old Street stalwart Jim Essex took control of the forwards. A few tactical decisions put a stop to the Bank’s line out strength and with this the tide began to turn. Tom Pugh kicking the first of two penalties and converting Webb’s second try of the afternoon (201-15).
With 10 minutes left on the clock, Harry Maynard went over for what would have been the decider only to be deemed short by the referee. From the resulting scrum, Bank stepped up and their youthful winger took the ball deep into Street’s half and setting up a try – only to be denied by the linesman’s flag indicating a forward pass – much to the relief of the Street contingent.
The last few minutes were played out with The Bank camped out on Street’s line, but the defence held tight and like Gandalf ensured they did not pass.