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TJ N2S Fireworks at The Slade

3rd November 2018

TJs faced Old Reds in the second of their back to back home games in N2S and yet another tight game somehow went their way. 

Four first half Will Robinson penalties gave TJs a 12-10 half time lead agfainst an Old Reds squad who have found life on the road tricky this season.

In a game that ebbed and flowed it was Old Reds who scored first in the sOld Albanians saw off Redruth 27-10 and econd half to go 12-17 up but a Tom NIcoll converted try pegged them back. Old Reds got in front again but a moment of madness in defence saw Finaly Coxon-Smith dot down under the post afetr a Robinson chip had created chaos under the sticks and TJs led 26-22.

Old Reds still found another try and at 26-27 looked like they might take the win. But TJs managed to drive deep again and another penalty saw Robinson seal the win as an exhausted, exasperated at times, but ultimately joyous touchline watched on. Another bonus point missed but another important win, perhaps against the play, means TJs are fifth in the table after a third of the season.

You can read Geoff's match report here and view some of the pics from the game in the 1st XV Gallery with more on the TJ Facebook page

In Invicta 1 the 2s headed to Beckenham where they ran out comfortable 48-7 victors. The 3s went even better with a 58-5 win over Aylesford in Five Grain D4W

Marcus Isaac, Wayne Clayton and Sam Thompson l;ed the try scoring with two aspiece whilst Ed Stockbridge, David Curtis. Paul Kent and Ashgar also dotted down. Alex Baldwin and Karl Robertson converted two each

Elsewhere Blackheath and Old Elthamians top National 1 as they beat Sale FC 41-24 and Plymouth Albion 15-19 respectively. 

Rams still lead N2S but now from Henley Hawks as Taunton slipped to a 51-38 defeat at Barnes. Rams saw off TJs next challenge, Dings Cruaders 33-15 and Henley beat Clifton 47-12.

Canterbury remain fourth after a 13-15 win at Guernsey and TJs are fifth. Old Albanians saw off Redruth 27-10 and Birmingham Bees won 12-19 at LIWG. BSE seem to be in something of a disarrya at the moment as they went down 22-36 at home to Worthing after their head coach departed in the week.

London & SE Premier saw Wimbledon go back to the top as they beat Dorking 29-19 and Westcliff slipped up 22-19 at Sutton & Epsom. T Wells arrived late due to traffic chaos and duly lost 35-22 to Bedford Athletic 

Medway and Brighton share top spot in London 1 South after 45-24 and 34-14 wins over Sevenoaks and Thurrock respectively.

On Sunday TJs Pink Ladies slipped to a 22-12 loss at Ashford in their WCSEE1 game

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