THE spirit of the Old Mids was excellent again as they fought to grind out a victory against a strong Wellingtonians side.
Wellington were in at the side of a ruck and fly-half Dan Crouch slotted the resultant penalty after ten minutes.
Wellington fly-half Dan Cervino missed an easy penalty chance, but Mids continued to infringe and he tied the scores at 3-3 after 23 minutes.
Straight from the kick-off, Mids captain Temi Okenla found some space in midfield, handed off the first tackle and, having gained some momentum, danced his way through the rest of the defence to the corner for a try and an 8-3 lead.
Mids kept up the pressure and Tim Jupp carried well and set up centre David Stanton for a break.
On 38 minutes Crouch struck a sweet kick from a difficult angle to regain the lead, which he extended to 14-10 just on half-time.
In the next quarter, Mids took charge but they lost a man to a yellow card.
Despite the disadvantage, Crouch widened the gap with another penalty after 56 minutes.
But Wellington still had time to win the game, especially when Mids were forced to play the last eight minutes with only 13 men. But the heroic Mids defence frustrated the Wellingtonians.