TJs Fall to Blackheath in Cup
A 28 - 16 loss at The rectory Field on Wednesday evening brought an end to TJ's Kent Cup journey for this season.
An 8pm KO meant both the teams and spectators enjoyed an icy easterly wind for the whole game in sub-zero temperatures and it was to everyone's credit that they managed to complete the game.
Playing with the wind and slope in the first half TJs needed to make the most of the elements and at one stage led 3 - 9 thanks to the boot of fly half Dan Hawkes. Both sides cancelled each other out defensively although TJs had the upper hand in the scrum. Blackheath though managed to engineer an attacking lineout within the TJ 22m area from which, after a few forward drives, they were able to put their large prop into the back line to crash over for a 10 - 9 half time lead.
The 2nd half could well have been one traffic and the writing was certainly on the wall almost immediately as TJs conceded an early penalty and then a try, again from a lineout inside their 22m, to leave them trailing 20 - 9. TJs though once again showed that they would not lie down and a clever kick ahead by the speedy Lee Campion beat the Blackheath defence and his Messi-like hack left enabledthe supporting Jonny Farmer to dive on the loose ball to bring TJs back to 20 - 16. Game on again.
The next score was always likely to be important and sadly for Tjs it was not them as they missed a difficult penalty from a fair way out and into the wind. A yellow card for Jordan F-G followed as TJ's scrambled in defence but still they held firm repelling a couple of Blackheath attacks before escaping up to halfway.
A penalty at scrum time though put them back in their own half and breaking out was always going to be tough as both sides started to suffer from cramp in the cold conditions. The stop-start nature of the game played into Blackheath hands and it was no suprise when they secured another try with just 2 minutes on the clock, not quite against the run of play but very nearly.
A tough game for both sides who were well matched across the park. Home advanateg and nous in such conditions meant Blackheath got the end result and a semi final draw which will most likely leave them with just Westcombe Park to worry about as the other remaining sides all come from L2SE or lower.
TJs now turn their attentions back to the league and an away game to Guernsey which will be that bit harder now after this midweek effort.