TJs Squeeze Past Thurrock
On a day when the weather had a big say in a lot of games, with some being postponed and others abandoned, TJs travelled to Thurrock for a 3pm KO aided by the home side's recently improved floodlights. TJs trailed for much of the game but managed to squeeze over the finish line at the death with a 19 - 21 victory. The win kept TJs in fourth despite some of the madness going on around them in National 3 L&SE.
Leaders Barnes were toppled from their perch by Old Elthamians, who TJs face next at home on Dec 8th, in a 37 - 8 win. Dorking took advantage but did not have to play as Staines forfeited their home game, being unable to raise a side - worrying times for the bottom club. Dorking benefitted with maximum points and now lead Barnes by two.
Bishop's Stortford remain in third despite their game against Westcliff being one of two abandoned matches. BS were leading 5 - 17 when the game was called off whilst the same was happening at Tring where the home side were leading 16 - 13 against Gravesend. Bad light was to blame at Tring and we suspect the same was the case at Westcliff. Those games should be played next Saturday, a free one for the rest of the league.
In the remaining games Hertford lost to a rejuvenated Guernsey 15 - 18 and Westcmbe Park routed CS Rugby 1863 43 nil.
In National 2 South Canterbury earned a much needed 29 - 10 home win over Taunton Titans whilst Redruth, who recently revealed their financial plight, beat leaders Henley 17 - 11. Redruth are fourth behind Worthing, Hartpury College and Henley.
In London 1 South East Grinstead made it 12 from 12 with a 30 - 5 win at Hove. Chichester remain second after a 65 nil win over struggling Trojans. Old Colfeians have slipped to the bottom of the pile recently and lost again with a 20 - 5 defeat at Basingstoke. One odd result here to note as well was a Nil Nil draw between Haywards Heath and Sidcup - let's wait and see if that one was true.
In the tightest league of all, London 2SE, Brighton remain 4 points clear at the top after beating Old Dunstonians 39 nil. You can throw a four point blanket over the next 6 sides though with second placed Crowborough on 31pts after a 29 - 6 win at bottom club Thanet. Aylesford, Charlton Park and Lewes are all on 29pts after the Bulls beat Lewes 23 - 22 and Charlton Park beat Sevenoaks 14 - 22. Medway are on 28pts after beating D&B 26 - 5 and Warlingham on 27pts. Tight or what.
In London 3SE the weather also took its toll as Tunbridge Wells' game against Bromley was postponed. Maidstone still lead the way after beating third placed Sheppey 31 - 14 whilst Ashford slipped into second with a 41 - 3 defeat of Vigo.