1st XV

Windy Win For TJs at CS

In the first of their rearranged games TJs secured a 13 - 22 away win at CS Rugby 1863. Trailing 13 - 7 at half time TJs turned round and benefitted from the gale force wind to secure the result. No bonus point though.

Old Elthamians were also in action and a 46 nil away win takes them top but having now played one game more than Dorking. In the only other game in N3L&SE Combe surprised East Grinstead 18 - 17. THe game between Thurrock and Bury St Edmunds was postponed again.

In L1S Brighton beat Dover 12 - 22 and Havant saw off Chobham 32 - 24 whilst the games between Haywards Heath v Gravesend and Sidcup and Sutton & Epsom were both postponed again. And in L2SE Lewes lost by a point 13 -14 to the visitors Medway.



Tring Win Tussle With TJs

Tring just edged it in this thrilling encounter at Edenbridge RFC with a 21 - 24 final result. Leading 8 - 18 at the break and the addition of two second half penalties proved just enough to seal the win and the points to see them consolidate 6th place in the league.

10TJs looked like they might go on to win as they rallied to 21 apiece with 15 minutes to play but they could not find a way through and a last gasp chance to level or win it was lost as the ball went forward at a quick tap penalty just to the right of the posts.

TJs remain 4th with two games in hand but Bury St Edmunds closed the gap to just 2 points with a 37 - 16 win over Barnes, which leaves Tring just 2 more points back.

Dorking remain 4 points clear at the top as they beat Hertford 29 - 19 with OEs second after they saw off TJ's next opponents CS Rugby 36 - 9. East Grinstead remain third and 10 points ahead of TJs after they beat bottom club Barking 45 - 10. Basingstoke lost 10 - 14 to Guernsey and Westcombe Park edged Thurrock 8 - 10.

In L1S Chichester remain top despite losing 16 - 24 to Cobham. Gravesend could not take advantage of that slip as they too lost, this time 20 - 27 to Wimbledon but they still have a game in hand on Chichester. Staines and Haywards Heath both look doomed already at the bottom after further losses of 40 - 12 and 37 - 7 to Brighton and Dover respectively.

In L2SE Charlton Park remain 11 points clear of Maidstone at the top after a 15 nil win at Crowborough. Maidstone, who have a game in hand, beat Aylesford Bulls 18 - 10. Elsewhere Tunbridge Wells beat Medway 23 - 16 to stay fifth and Sevenoaks beat Lewes 22 - 3 to lie sixth.

Thanet lead Ashford by a single point in L3SE after an impressive 55 - 8 defeat of Horsham. Ashford also impressed with a 55 nil demolition of Uckfield. 

Canterbury remain second in N2S after beating Taunton 27 - 17 but Hartpury College lead by 12 points at the top. Blackheath have been struggling in National 1 of late but surprised top half club Esher 38 - 10 to put themselves level on points with Cinderford and Richmond but Blackheath remain third from bottom.


TJs Back to Basics at Barking

Having not played since December 14th the 1st XV could perhaps have been excused a bit of rustiness and a loss of match fitness as they returned to league action. Perhaps somewhat fortunately their opponents were bottom club Barking who have struggled for much of the season and remain winless.

The return of Thomas Nabbs from down south was a welcome shot in the arm and a reshuffle of the backline saw Luke Makris move to centre with Dan Hawkes at 10 and Will Ward at 9. The water wings were thrown away and debutant Mark Higgins appeared at Hooker.

It took 15 minutes though for TJs to trouble the scoreboard with a penalty from Makris and they 20 nil at Half time befor epulling away for a 8 - 42 victory. Stats still awaited.

The win keeps TJs 4th 6 points ahead of Bury St Edmunds and 6 points behind East Grinstead who have both now played 2 games more than TJs. Leaders Dorking are 4 points clear of OEs despite their game at Basingstoke 13- 20 and Guernsey saw off the Thurrock 34 - 14 whilst East Grinstead edged past Hertford 26 - 35.

TJ's next oppoents, Tring, made it 6 wins from their last 7 with a 40 - 10 demolition of Barnes - let's hope The Slade dries out in time for next Saturday.

In L1S Chichester clung on in second with a 20 - 24 win at Dover and second placed Gravesend had a slightly easier affair with a 48 nil win at Staines. Brighton remain third but 14 points further back after they lost 40 - 3 at Sidcup.

In L2SE there were only three games as Medway edged out Crowborough 7 - 10, Deal & B squeezed past Sevenoaks 27 - 25 and T Wells saw off Lewes in convincing style 43 - 13.

Canterbury remain second in N2S after a 17 - 24 away win at Chinnor


Heavy overnight rain triggered a late postponement of the TJs v Combe game as the River Medway rose several feet during the morning to make the sportsground pitches unplayable. Others in N3L&SE managed to get theri games played but conditions were very difficult indeed judging by reports on Twitter.

Dorking saw off the gritty challenge of Basingstoke to remain top with a 23 - 11 victory whilst Old Elthamians remain second after a 34 - 7 defeat of Thurrock. East Grinstead lie third still but lost 3 - 19 to Guernsey in the surprise result of the day. TJs remain fourth, 2 points back but with a game in hand on G Force.

Barking remain rooted to the bottom after losing 72 nil at Bury St Edmunds whilst Tring continue their good form after a 17 - 12 defeat of Hertford.

In London 1 South Gravesend kept their title challenge on course with a 33 - 10 defeat of Dover. Chichester remain 4 points back after squeezing passed Havant 24 - 18 and Brighton are third after a 27 - 8 win over Hove.

No games from L2SE and below but in National 2 South Canterbury climbed to second after they beat Cambridge 8 - 3 to climb above Ampthill. Hartpury College continue as comfortable leaders though. 


TJs Sneak Past Basingstoke

Fourth v Tenth suggested an away win but TJs left it very very late to nick this result in a game far tougher than some may have expected.

Basingstoke had the benefit of a gale in the first half and made best use of it to leace 23 - 16 at HT out scoring TJs 3 tries to 2 in the process. Noot and Rankin scoring TJ's two on 36 and 38 minutes to surprise the hosts. Two early penalties from Luke Makris kept TJs in touch early on.

The second half started well for TJs as Tom Noot scored his second after good work by Chennells and McMahon., Makris converting to make it all square after 50 mins. A penalty and then a try for Basingstoke gave them a 31 - 23 lead and with 5 minutes on the clock all seemed lost as TJs needed two scores to win.

Cometh the hour (well 76th minute) cometh the man as wing Lee Campion decided all was not lost as he scampered over with Makris adding the extras. Two minutes later, after Lee had caught his breath, he went in again to steal the win and add a bonus point for a final result of 31 - 35 and another TJ victory. Phew.

Elsewhere leaders Dorking very nearly suffered their first loss of the season at OEs where they trailed 20 -10 with just 10 minutes to go. A red card for OEs reduced them to 14 men and Dorking stole in for a converted try and a penalty to draw level and share the spoils, thus remaining 8 points clear of OEs at the top.

East Grinstead drew within 3 points of OEs with a 23 - 40 win at Thurrock which leaves TJs just 3 points behind them still. TJ's next opponents Combe lost 22 - 34 to Tring who clearly turned up in the mood as they raced to a 5 - 20 leade after 35 minutes and then gave Combe few chances to come back at them. 

Bury St Edmunds beat Hertford 37 - 9 whilst CS Rugby beat bottom and winless Barking 39 - 13 whilst Guernsey trounced Barnes 58 - 5. 

In London 1 South went top after they beat third placed Brighton 10 - 17 and Chichester lost 22 - 24 to Wimbledon to slip to second.

Charlton Park lead L2SE after beating Old Colfeians 17 - 26 whilst Maidstone slipped from the top after going down 19 - 12 to Medway who climbed to third as a result. Tunbridge Wells climbed a few places with a 20 - 27 win at local rivals Sevenoaks.

In L3SE Ashford remain top after a 8 - 22 win at Folkestone with Thanet just back in second after they beat Sheppey 10 - 31


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