G Force The Win
TJs did well to get this game on after more recent rain although in the end the playing surface was in pretty good condition. The journey to the pitch though was a little bit hairy with so much mud and water around.
Everything was set up for a tight match and so it proved. 26 points at East G last time out and the same again this time but instead of a 13 all draw EG won the game 12 - 14 to consolidate their 3rd place in N3L&SE
TJs appeared to 'want it more' in the first half and deserved their 7 point lead at half time after Richie Bent scored from excellent pressing in the EG 22 as he charged down the attempted clearance kick to score under the posts.
EG though appeared to have the weight advantage up front whilst the TJ backs showed the better speed and at times, handling. Both sides though struggled at times with poor handling in direct contracts to the exemplary performance by both sides in much wetter conditions way back when at EG.
The second half started with EG striking back on the wide right with a try from their winger. 6 minutes later though TJs enjoyed the bounce of the ball to take it deep into EG territory and just as it seemed the chance may disappear up popped the rampaging Brad Tobbits to take a scoring pass and crash over. 12 - 5.
Two penalties from EG though brought them back to within 1 point at 12 - 11 before the inevitable happened and TJs were penalised as they tried to stem the flow and EG stroked over the winning kick to take the spoils 12 - 14.
The result leaves TJs fourth now 8 points behind EG albeit with a game in hand. Things get even tougher though with an away trip to leaders Dorking although they surprisingly lost 24 - 17 at struggling Barnes whilst Old Elthamians are just one point behind Dorking after they saw off (just) Tring 20 -29.
In the remaining games CS Rugby came unstuck 13 - 50 to Guernsey and Hertford beat Basingstoke 29 - 14. Combe came up trumps with a 30 - 29 defeat of Bury St Edmunds.
In L1S Chichester very nearly let Gravesend open up a much bigger gap as they just held off Sidcup 17-20 whilst Gravesend beat Cobham 16 - 56 to go 4 points clear at the top. Brighton lost ground after they slipped to a 19-12 defeat at Chobham.
Charlton Park look to have L2SE all to themselves now as they beat Deal & B 25-11 to go 13 points clear at the top whilst Maidstone lost ground after losing 33-37 to T Wells. Medway took advantage to go second after they beat Lewes 36-19. Sevenoaks beat Old Colfeians 16-22.
Thanet lead L3SE after a 25-34 win at Bromley with Ashford still second after a 19-44 win at Beccehamians. Looks like a two horse race here.
Canterbury edged past Shelford 25-20 to stay second in N2S but 7 points behind the leaders Hartpury College who only just edged past Dings Crusaders 29-22. The two meet at the end of March.