BSE End TJ Run
A Sunny November day shone on TJs for 40 minutes on Saturday as they just edged it 10-11 at BSE but with the slope in the home side's favour and a vocal home crowd urging them on it was never going likely to be enough of a lead to cling on to.
As it was TJs competed well for much of the second half but an apparent try scoring opportunity was denied them and just a few minutes later a yellow card went against them and the game turned. Not pivotally as BSE were far more clinical in their execution and running but you need those decisions to go with you at this level when the game is evenly matched.
The end result and performance was perhaps a sobering one for TJs as they had probably played the best team in the league and, if they did not realise what was needed at this level already, then they do now. Fitness, teamwork and the desire to take a game by the scruff of the neck will get you 75% of the way to the result - no league action next Saturday so a chance to recover, ponder and regain fitness ahead of a run of tough games which will decide whether we are a top four side or not.
Elsewhere in National 3(SE) small margins again made the difference with Combe retaining top spot after a couple of tough weeks. A 20-33 away win at Amersham & Chiltern keep them just ahead of BSE with London Irish WG still third after edging CS Rugby 1863 40-34.
East Grinstead slipped up again this time going down 23-16 at a resurgent Hertford whilst Tring's poor season continues after a 33-9 loss at Barnes. Chichester got back to winning ways with a 18-22 win at Gravesend whilst TJ's next opponents, Westcliff, beat Guernsey 34-17.
In N2S Canterbury are probably kicking themselves after they squandered a game long lead in the dying moments to lose 29-30 to league leaders Henley. Dorking remain second after a convincing 19-39 win over Old Elthamians.
Sidcup gave up top spot in L1S as they lost 18-17 to fourth placed Guildford to allow Wimbledon to climb above them after their 13-23 victory at Twickenham. Basingstoke continue to struggle after they lost 18-23 at home to fellow strugglers Hove. Dover lost 13-20 home to Charlton Park.
L2SE leaders T Wells were knocked off the top after they drew 29-29 with Deal & Betteshanger and Maidstone took advantage after running in 11 tries against Colfes to win 65-17. Aylesford's miserable season contnues after they lost 12-51 to fellow strugglers Ashford. Beckenham edged it at Crowborough 16-19 whilst Sevenoaks had no game and Medway routed Thanet 7-52.
Horsham and Bromley locked horns at the top of L3SE and Horsham went top after a 18-11 win with Dartfordians slipping into second after a 19-32 away win over Uckfield. Lewes lost yet again, this time 16-36 to Heathfield & Waldron whilst Folkestone beat Park HOuse 25-26. In Kent 1 Cranbrook remain top after a 48-7 win over Kings College and Beccehamians are second after a 29-35 victory at Southwark Lancers. Kent 2 sees New Ash Green (no game) level at the top with Brockleians who beat Greenwich 31-14 and Footscray who beat Edenbridge 33-7.