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Club Edge TJs at The Slade

17th October 2021

TJ' biggest crowd of the season rocked up to enjoy a tense Kent N1 derby game between TJs and Blackheath on Saturday. One win a piece to date so it was always going to be a closely contested game.

TJs enjoyed much the better of the first half  with Matt Walsh scampering in from 40ms for an opening try withiin 5 minutes after a Blackheath lineout mistake. Tom White added a penalty after 20 minutes and Blackheath's Evans countered with a 3 pointer 10 minutes later.

Murray Glabraith-Lowe chipped and gathered for a second try shortly afterwards which White converted before Blackheath had a chance for another three but they went for the corner instead and erred again to go in 15-3 behind at the break.

The second half was a complete reversal of fortunes as Blackheath came out firing and were rarely on the back foot. 

Two tries, one converted, in 10 minutes made it all square before White edged TJs back in front with a penalty. Blackheath responded with a third try and conversion and although White kicked us in front again Blackheath closed it out with a final penalty.

Huge dissapointment for TJs  and equally large relief for Blackheath who had missed out on a number of narrow results so far.

The Extras also tackled Blackheath with a 1pm KO and ran out 7-24 losers. The 3s won on the road at Medway in their Kent Rural 3 encounter and a first league win of the season by 22-32. 

Elsewhere in National 1 Cinderford extended their lead at the top to 4 point with a bonus point win over Leeds Tykes. Rams won another tight one to stay second and Rosslyn Park did the same to remain third. Leeds and Plymouth remain just behind TJs at the other end of the table

Bishop's Stortford 19 - 21 Rams
Cambridge 22 - 22 Caldy
Chinnor 20 - 23 Darlington Mowden Park
Cinderford 50 - 12 Leeds Tykes
Plymouth Albion 34 - 12 Birmingham Moseley
Rosslyn Park 20 - 15 Sale FC
Tonbridge Juddians 21 - 23 Blackheath

TJs Ladies took on Blackheath 2s in their league game on Sunday and came away with a hard fought 26-15 victory. 

TJs led 19-5 at the break after tries from Rachel Marsh, Jules Teague and Sheri Grant with Jules converting two. Blackheath came back strongly and secured two second half tries before Rachel Marsh added a second to give TJs the win and keep them undefeated to date

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