League Leaders Take Spoils - Just
Both sides managed to cancel each other out in this close but not quite close enough game as Dorking maintained their promotion push with a 16 - 7 win over TJs. Neither side were able to dominate proceedings as the chilly and soft conditions meant the ball was rarely moved wide in a game where the tackle count was high but opportunities to score very low indeed.
A red card for Toby Martin in the first half meant a TJ victory was always a long shot from there on in but the squad rallied in the second half with Dan Hawkes converting his own charge down try, a score which looked like TJs would at least earn a bonus losing point. A late DG from Dorking though put paid to that.
The win keeps Dorking clear at the top but the margin is now just 5 and not 6 points. Barnes kept themselves in the hunt with a 30 - 38 win at TJs's next opponents CS Rugby. Bishop's Stortford saw off bottom club Staines 3 - 66 whilst Combe won the Kent derby against Gravesend 38 - 20 to ensure the top 5 remained largely unchanged. TJs are now 11 points off second place and 5 behind Combe.
Elsewhere the rejuvenated Tring won at the Islanders 21 - 22, Old Elthamians snuck past Thurrock with a 28 - 25 win and Hertford enjoyed a 36 - 11 win over Westcliff. PS - Ampthill and London Irish Amateurs are now both top of N3M and SW respectively.
In London 1 South East Grinstead march on after a 31 - 5 win at Beckenham, a win that keeps them 15 points clear of Chichester who lost to third placed Basingstoke 26 - 16 who are now just a single point behind them.
London 2 SE is a little less tight at the top now after the leaders Brighton beat Thanet 66 - 5 and Charlton Park dominated Crowborough in a 28 nil victory which widened the gap at the top a little. Sevenoaks did their survival chances the power of good with a 24 - 17 win over Medway, a loss which leaves Medway back in 5th and Sevenoaks a win away from getting out of the bottom three.
Maidstone remain 15 points clear at the top in London 3 SE after they beat Uckfield 50 - 7 and Sheppey remain second after beating Folkestone 18 - 10. T Wells slipped into third by edging past Ashford in a 15 - 16 victory