1st XV

London Irish v Tonbridge Juddians

Tjs travelled to London Irish for the first of 3 pre-season games.  Irish who are old rivals of Tjs were promoted at the end of last season to National League 2 (South) so the away side anticipated a challenging afternoon.

The game started at a frenetic pace with Tjs, who were fielding a number of new faces, having the better of the early exchanges which were very physical and energy sapping.  The away side scored first after an incredible two and a half minute phase when new signing Tom Noott taking a scoring pass form Jon McMahon, running in from 22 meters. Luke Makris, another new face, scored the conversion.

Irish came back hard at Tjs but some outstanding defence by TJs ensured that they went in at half time 7-3 up.

Coming out for the second half the TJ game plan was adjusted to use the wind and kick for field position. After around 15 minutes Tjs broke out of their own 22 and following a powerful break by centre Jon McMahon, taken on by Charlie Gregory, Liam Chennells scored an excellent try in the right hand corner, Makris again converting.

Shortly after, Irish conceded a penalty which was again converted by Makris giving TJs a 17-3 lead.

Tjs were now beginning to dominate all phases of the game and following an excellent run by Dylan Cossley, Matt Logan scored under the posts with Makris again converting. Following this Irish came back well and scored a good try with a few minutes to go.

New Coach Nick Oldham was satisfied with the TJ performance and in particular how the team, which has a nmber of new palyers, has come together as a unit. Tjs travel to near neighbours Maidstone on Saturday KO 3 PM - a great chance to get along and see how the new squad are coming together

 

The N3L&SE fixtures for next season have been published and as you would expect they make very interesting reading in what promises to be one of the most keenly contested leagues at this level, again!

TJs open the season with a home game against Guernsey on 7th September, which means, yep you guessed it, an overseas trip to the Island in balmy April to end the season.

Westcomb Park will be the first away game and Combe might be wondering who they have upset at the RFU as they face 3 very tough opening games again with Barnes away, TJs at home and recently promoted East Grinstead away to start. And then they have Dorking, who narrowly missed out on promotion, as their 4th game. As already mentioned though this league just gets harder and harder for everyone.

TJs have to wait until October before they meet one of the new clubs, Barking, who came down from N2S after a terrible season with just 1 league win to their name.  In early November Bury St Edmunds, L1N runaway champions, come a calling and the following week TJs travel to L1S runaway champions East Grinstead for the first time.

The pre-Christmas game is against Combe and we can look forward to a trip to Bury St E in mid Feb and the ever-popular supporters trip to Dorking in early March. Saturday 5th April will be the last scheduled home game of the season - Captains Day.

CLICK HERE to view the full list of fixtures

 

Ups and Downs from Around London and South East

National 3 London - Promoted BISHOPS STORTFORD  Relegated STAINES, WESTCLIFF and GRAVESEND

London 1 North - Promoted BURY ST EDMUNDS Relegated ROCHFORD, BASILDON and BEACONSFIELD

London 1 South - Promoted EAST GRINSTEAD and BASINGSTOKE  Relegated OLD COLFEIANS, TROJANS and GOSPORT & FAREHAM

London 2 North East - Promoted NORTH WALSHAM and WOODFORD  Relegated STEVENAGE and OLD STREETONIAN

London 2 North West - Promoted TABARD  Relegated FULLERIANS and GRASSHOPPERS

London 2 South East - Promoted BRIGHTON Relegated OLD DUNSTONIANS and THANET W. 

London 2 South West - Promoted CHOBHAM and SUTTON & EPSOM Relegated CAMBERLEY and K.C.S.OB

London 3 North East - Promoted NORWICH and S.WOODHAM FERRERS Relegated EAST LONDON

London 3 North West - Promoted OLD PRIORIANS and TWICKENHAM Relegated IMPERIAL MEDS, CHESHUNT, HARINGEY and BARNET ELIZ

London 3 South East - Promoted MAIDSTONE and TUNBRIDGE WELLS Relegated PARK HOUSE, PULBOROUGH and VIGO

London 3 South West - Promoted WINCHESTER and WEYBRIDGE VANDS Relegated OLD PAULINES; BOGNOR and OLD BLUES

 

Winning End To A Tough Season

TJs signed off their season with a commandng first half performance (33 nil at half time) and a final score of 38 - 12. Playing with a strong wind and the sun on their back they were simply too quick in attack and defence for the visitors Hertford.

Skipper Charlie Harding signed off with a brace of tries and the large crowd enjoyed watching a game with a bit of sunshine for a change.

Elsewhere Bishop's Stortford sealed promotion with a 41 - 13 defeat of OEs whilst Dorking now travel to Exmouth in Devon for their play off game to see if they can join them. Dorking beat CS Rugby 1863 (just) 32 - 34 to consolidate their second place finish.

Westcombe Park took third place with a 23 - 27 victory at Barnes who slipped to fourth with TJs fifth - see final league table below.

Tring confirmed their N3 status with a 55 - 25 victory over relegated Westcliff. Fellow relegatees Staines went down 78 - 9 to Guernsey and Gravesend join them despite defeating Thurrock 53 - 45 in another odd scoreline?!.

Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Bishop's Stortford 26 22 1 3 827 374 453 16 106 0
Dorking 26 23 0 3 652 362 290 11 105 0
Westcombe Park 26 19 0 7 800 404 396 20 96 0
Barnes 26 19 0 7 806 568 238 17 93 0
Tonbridge Juddian 26 16 2 8 835 529 306 18 86 0
Old Elthamians 26 15 0 11 748 586 162 13 73 0
CS Rugby 1863 26 12 1 13 675 648 27 20 70 0
Guernsey 26 12 0 14 562 721 -159 11 59 0
Hertford 26 12 0 14 579 646 -67 8 56 0
Tring 26 10 0 16 542 708 -166 8 49 0
Thurrock 26 8 0 18 683 708 -25 16 48 0
Gravesend 26 7 0 19 587 725 -138 17 45 0
Westcliff 26 5 0 21 524 776 -252 10 30 0
Staines 26 0 0 26 228 1293 -1065 2 -3 -5

In London 1 South Basingstoke secured the runners up spot with a 17 - 17 draw at leaders and promoted by some distance, East Grinstead. Chichester just missed out on points difference from securing a play off spot despite beating Dover 15 - 24.

No games in L2SE as they finished last weekend so Brighton go up as Champions and Charlton Park finished runners up.

In L3SE T Wells needed a bonus point win in their last game v Folkestone and despite a slow start they secured it with a 47 - 3 vicory. They finished as runners up behind runaway leaders Maidstone and return to L2SE next season.

 

 

Wining End To A Tough Season

TJs signed off their season with a commandng first half performance (33 nil at half time) and a final score of 38 - 12. Playing with a strong wind and the sun on their back they were simply too quick in attack and defence for the visitors Hertford.

Skipper Charlie Harding signed off with a brace of tries and the large crowd enjoyed watching a game with a bit of sunshine for a change.

Elsewhere Bishop's Stortford sealed promotion with a 41 - 13 defeat of OEs whilst Dorking now travel to Exmouth in Devon for their play off game to see if they can join them. Dorking beat CS Rugby 1863 (just) 32 - 34 to consolidate their second place finish.

Westcombe Park took third place with a 23 - 27 victory at Barnes who slipped to fourth with TJs fifth - see final league table below.

Tring confirmed their N3 status with a 55 - 25 victory over relegated Westcliff. Fellow relegatees Staines went down 78 - 9 to Guernsey and Gravesend join them despite defeating Thurrock 53 - 45 in another odd scoreline?!.

Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Bishop's Stortford 26 22 1 3 827 374 453 16 106 0
Dorking 26 23 0 3 652 362 290 11 105 0
Westcombe Park 26 19 0 7 800 404 396 20 96 0
Barnes 26 19 0 7 806 568 238 17 93 0
Tonbridge Juddian 26 16 2 8 835 529 306 18 86 0
Old Elthamians 26 15 0 11 748 586 162 13 73 0
CS Rugby 1863 26 12 1 13 675 648 27 20 70 0
Guernsey 26 12 0 14 562 721 -159 11 59 0
Hertford 26 12 0 14 579 646 -67 8 56 0
Tring 26 10 0 16 542 708 -166 8 49 0
Thurrock 26 8 0 18 683 708 -25 16 48 0
Gravesend 26 7 0 19 587 725 -138 17 45 0
Westcliff 26 5 0 21 524 776 -252 10 30 0
Staines 26 0 0 26 228 1293 -1065 2 -3 -5

In London 1 South Basingstoke secured the runners up spot with a 17 - 17 draw at leaders and promoted by some distance, East Grinstead. Chichester just missed out on points difference from securing a play off spot despite beating Dover 15 - 24.

No games in L2SE as they finished last weekend so Brighton go up as Champions and Charlton Park finished runners up.

In L3SE T Wells needed a bonus point win in their last game v Folkestone and despite a slow start they secured it with a 47 - 3 vicory. They finished as runners up behind runaway leaders Maidstone and return to L2SE next season.

 

 


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