Powerful Performance from TJs Against OEs
TJs put in one of their best all round performanes of the season against a spirited Old Elthamians. A tight opening quarter led to a 20 - 16 half time scoreline before TJs pulled away in the second half. 7 tries by Jonny Farmer (2), Charlie Harding (2), Jack Knight, Mase and Toby Martin combined with Dan Hawkes kicking 3 penalties and a conversion was an impressive return in soft conditions with a dropping temperature.
OEs had a lively first half as the league's leading try scorer, Renford Bennett, impressed by taking both chances with some aplomb and no littlle amount of acceleration. TJs also showed some excellent slight of hand and angles of running with Harding's brace involving both with Farmer the provider with the second with a well timed incursion into the middle of the line followed by a splendidly timed pass to send Harding to the line.
Elsewhere in N3L&SE there were no suprises as the top sides all won. Dorking went behind to an early Tring try before responding with 44 unanswered pointes to remain top with a 44 - 5 home win. Barnes remain second after a 45 - 20 win over Hertford and Bishop's Stortford third after a 30 - 10 win over Thurrock.
Westcombe Park are just behind TJs after their 30 - win on the road/plane at Guernsey. TJs travel to Combe next Saturday for their final game of 2012. CS Rugby 1863 enjoyed a 46 nil win over bottom Staines whilst Gravesend saw off the Westcliff challenge 20 - 5.
Next week's fixtures suggest little change again at the top with the Combe v TJs clash being the tightest game on paper it seems with Dorking v Guernsey, Staines v Barnes and Hertford v Bishop's Stortford likely to go with form.
In London 1 South East Grinstead march on with a 67 nil defeat of Havant with Chichester clinging on in second with a 24 - 33 win at Gosport & Fareham. Those two are 15 and 10 points respectively clear of third placed Basingstoke who lost 14 - 5 to Wimbledon. Old Colfeians are bottom after a 12 - 18 loss to Haywards Heath.
L2SE it remains tight at the top after leaders Brighton beat Warlingham 12 - 19 to remain 3 points clear of Crowborough who beat Aylesford Bulls 29 - 23. Third placed Lewes beat Heathfield & Waldron 34 - 16 with Medway beating Thanet 57 - 14. Sevenoaks slipped up again with a 36 - 7 loss at Old Dunstonians which takes them into the bottom four.
In L3SE Tunbridge Wells climbed to fourth with a 22 - 23 win at Folkestone on a rare day when both Clubs saw 1s to 4s playing one another. Maidstone continue to lead the way after a 48 - 3 win at Gillingham Anchorians and are 7 points clear of Sheppey who squeezed past Horsham 17 - 19. Ashford remain third despite a 24 - 19 loss at Bromley.