AS THE rugby season comes to a close, last weekend's matches were vital for teams vying for play-off positions and league survival.
Old Walcountians face a nerve-wracking wait for the result of the play-offs to find out whether they have retained Surrey One status following last Saturday's 9-0 away defeat to fellow strugglers Old Wimbledonians.
Before the match, Walcountians were only two points behind their opponents and a win would have confirmed their league status for next season, but neither side coped well with the appalling weather conditions and the match was settled by penalties.
It now looks like Walcountians' four-season spell in Surrey One has come to an end.
Their only hope is if runners-up Old Cranleighans defeat Fordingbridge in the play-off for the second promotion place for London Three South West.
Old Midwhitgiftians made their final fixture against Sandown & Shanklin the centre of a short tour and the league match was preceded by an entertaining veterans' game. The local club won this match but Mids were in contention, something that cannot be said for their first 11, who lost their match 43-3.
Old Mids started well enough and forced Sandown to concede three kickable penalties, one of which Dan Crouch kicked after the home side had scored a try after nine minutes through Sam Branston.
Mids continued to compete but Sandown took complete control. However, they now have renewed hope of avoiding relegation.