Dorking Take Control
First v Third on Saturday and everyone was hoping for a tight game with both sides looking to protect their unbeaten records. Dorking arrived as clear favourites having notched up 9 bonus point wins on the bounce to date to put them clear at the top in N3L&SE. TJs for their part had beaten all comers and drawn with East Grinstead last Saturday.
A large crowd, swelled by local interest and a sizeable number of travelling supporters witnessed a game that started tight but in the end saw Dorking run out comfortable winners 3 - 30 for yet another bouns point win.
It took 31 minutes before the first score, a converted try for Dorking and a further try meant they led 13 nil at the break. TJs clawed back a penalty in the second half but Dorking pulled away with further tries and a win that leaves them 5 points clear at the top as TJs slip to fourth.
Elsewhere Old Elthamians, who TJs play next week away at 2.30pm, kept up their challenge with an impressive 11 42 win at Barnes. EG jumped over TJs into third after they beat Bury St Edmunds 22 - 17.
In other results Tring had their usual topsy turvy affair before beating Thurrock 45 - 31, CS Rugby went down 13 - 21 to Westcombe Park, Barking lost 19 - 36 to Basingstoke and Hertford beat Guernsey 15 - 12.
In London 1 South Chichester stay top after a 38 - 20 win at Sutton & Epsom with Gravesend, TJ's next opponents in the Kent Cup, 2 points back despite them routing Beckenham 50 nil away from home. Chobham are third after 31 - 15 defeat of Hove.
In L2SE Maidstone continue to set the pace after a 41 - 15 defeat of Deal & B. Charlton Park are second after a tight 23 - 18 defeat of Sevenoaks. Tunbridge Wells continue to slip down the table after they lost 15 nil at Crowborough.
L3SE is led by Thanet after they beat Beccehamians 10 - 31 but Ashford remain just one point back after squeezing past Gillingham Anchorians 23 - 24.
In National 2 South Canterbury held on to fourth spot, just, as they had to come from behnd to beat the struggling London Irish WG 23 - 20. Hartpury College still lead the division despite losing 32 - 29 at Redruth. Ampthill are second after a 20 - 31 defeat of Shelford.