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TJs Dig Deep For Maximum Points Against Tring

TJs had to put in another tough shift at the office on Saturday against a Tring squad who simply do not know when they are beaten. The TJ defence was tested to the limit again but once more they were up to the challenge, twisting the knife in the Tring effort with a couple of turnover tries to boot.

The 46 - 20 win keeps TJs level on points with Combe who beat Hertford 41 - 17 but both are now just 6 points behind third placed Barnes who lost 24 - 29 to title chasing Bishop's Stortford. The leaders Dorking remain just clear at the top after a 16 - 12 win over Thurrock.

Bottom club Staines suffered yet another rout as they went down 10 - 80 to Old Elthamians whilst second from bottom Westcliff succumbed 27 - 17 to CS Rugby 1863. TJ's next opponents, Guernsey, warmed up with a 22 - 17 win over relegation battlers Gravesend.

In London 1 South East Grinstead despatched Dover 48 - 10 whilst Chichester remain second after a 21 - 38 win at Sidcup.

In L2SE the leaders Brighton beat Sevenoaks 13 - 36 to drop Oaks into the bottom three. Charlton Park look comfortable in second after beating Heathfield & Waldron 31 - 10 whilst Lewes consolidated third place with a 29 - 25 win ver Medway.

In L3SE runaway leaders Maidstone march on after a 114 - 3 win over Park House with Sheppey clinging on in second after they beat Ashford by the slightly more modest 18 - 3. T Wells remain third after slipping past Gillingham Anchorians 18 - 25.



TJs Out Gun Barnes

TJs staged a great comeback against second placed Barnes as they over came 3 yellow cards in 5 minutes plus injuries to Toby Martin and James Gwinnett. TJs led 15 - 14 at the break but had Liam Rankin in the bin just before half time. Two more cards early in the scond half allowed Barnes to get in front, scoring 18 points whilst TJs were below strength.

As the players returned for TJs they hit back and as Barnes lost a player to the bin as well skipper Charlie Harding went over. Jonny Farmer then skinned the Barnes defence down the middle to get TJs in front before another fine run by Farmer was stopped just short of the line. Jonny threw the ball up and Buster Collins was on hand to score.

Prop Brad Tibbitts then stepped over a Barnes ruck to pick up and score to seal a great 39 - 21 win which puts TJs level on points with Combe as they remain 5th in the league.

Dorking matched TJs for points with a 39 - 12 win at Westcliff to stay top whilst Bishop's Stortford slipped into 2nd after beating Guernsey 38 - 20. Westcombe Park lost 20 - 8 to Old Elthamians and Tring, TJ's opponents next week, lost 15 - 27 to Hertford. CS Rugby beat Gravesend 11 - 31 and Thurrock routed Staines 69 nil.

In London 1 South East Grinstead marched on with a 24 - 5 win over Wimbledon whilst Chichester beat Beckenham 31 - 10 to stay second, 10 points behind EG. Basingstoke remain in the hunt for the play off spot after they beat Dover 22 nil away from home.

Brighton stay top of LSE2 after a 30 - 17 win over Deal & B with Charlton Park second after they squeezed past Aylesford 23 - 25. Crowborough moved ahead of Lewes into 4th after they beat them 25 - 16. Sevenoaks went down 40 - 5 at Heathfield & Waldron.

In L3SE Maidstone remain well clear after they beat Ashford 3 - 33 with Sheppey still second despite their losing 14 - 10 at Tunbridge Wells who are now just one point behind in third


CS Challenge Halted

TJs did a great job to get the game on against CS Rugby on Saturday and were rewarded with a fine 40 - 29 victory. The return of skipper Charlie Harding was a welcome sight for the packed TJ touchline and the win moved them a point nearer to Combe although they remain 5th in the league.

The leaders Dorking came unstuck at Bishop's Stortford where they went down 24 - 6. The loss enabled Barnes to go level on points as they beat Guernsey 48 - 15 (BS are 3rd still and just 3 points behind).

Staines cannot buy a win still as they lost 47 nil at Gravesend whilst Tring keep their fight for survival going after beating Old Elthamians 27 - 15 to stay just 2 points behind Gravesend and 4 behind Hertford who lost 15 - 6 to Thurrock. Westcliff lost 12 - 29 to Combe.

In London 1 South the leaders East Grinstead dominated Sidcup in a 40 nil win whilst Chichester remain second after a 31 - 5 win over Haywards Heath.

Brighton remain 2 points clear at the top of London 2 SE despite not playing today. Charlton Park are second after a 16 - 22 win at Medway. Lewes are third after 44 - 15 win over Warlingham and Crowborough fourth after they saw off Old Dunstonians 22 nil. Sevenoaks drew 22 all with Thanet.

In London 3 SE Maidstone retained their clear lead despite not playing. A 29 - 5 win over T Wells last Saturday being one of the few games to have been played. T Wells though bounced back this weekend with a 72 nil win over Park House but they remain just behind second placed Sheppey by 4 points after Sheppey beat Uckfield 5 - 19.  


Poor Weather Taking It's Toll

Two Saturdays off so far as TJ's games with CS Rugby and then Guernsey have been victims of the weather. The CS one is planned for Saturday 2nd Feb whilst the Guernsey trip is scheduled for 23rd Feb, weather permitting.

There were four games in N3L&SE which did survive the weather on Saturday though with leaders Dorking beating Gravesend 20 - 3 and second placed Barnes defeating a valiant Tring 20 - 15. Bishop's Stortford consolidated third place by beating CS 20 - 29 whilst Westcliff compounded Staines' poor season with a 19 - 35 victory.


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


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