Category: Ladies

TWRFC Ladies 1XV at Edenbridge Development Festival

18 players of the Ladies 1XV played a mix of Edenbridge & East Grinstead in their first proper run out since early December.

The festival started with joint training covering Tackles, Rucking & Mauling, with 1XV John Petty lending Simon & Hannah a hand as his sister Emilia was trying rugby for her first time.

After the training, a 40min game ensued with Wells down 14-0 at HT having spent a lot of time on the attack, losing ball and points to well worked break away tries. We did cross the line, but alas Emma McGreivy learnt that marching over the line on her knees isn’t allowed….everyday’s a school day 😊

Wells continues in fine attacking form but failing to cross the line during a tiring 2nd half.

With the result looking at 28-0, Tammy Samuel finished her first full(ish) game for the club with a Head-Down charge, scoring for our pride!!

It stayed 28-5 as Simon forgot to unload the T from the car a mile away, meaning a drop goal bounced of the post as the whistle went.

A strong showing from the Tunbridge Wells players which was only marred by not being able to convert all their time in the opposition 22 into points, but that is something the coaches will work on.

Congratulations to Fiona Horne in getting the Player of the Match nomination, given to her and her opposite number for playing their first game of full contact.

Next week we are away to Sheppey and look forward to our progression

B: Emilia, Emma, Tammy, Tilly, Nicole, Georgie, Kathy, Suzanne (c), Mel, Sophie C.
F: Laura, Sophie W, Jessie (vc), Anya, Peri, Sandy, Amanda, Fiona (PoM)
No10 & VC Jessie Anderson in attack with Captain Suzanne Robinson & No9 Sandy Sian in support
Part of the TWRFC Ladies Original Coaching Team, Tammy Samuel looking to off load to Jessie with Laura Pérez Fernández & debutante Emilia Petty behind.

MATCH REPORT: TWRFC 2XV (45) – Sevenoaks 3XV (7)

Match Reporter: Fran Colangelo

On a blustery afternoon at St Marks where the crosswind was so strong it almost blew the supporters away, what was arguably the best 2s side Wells have fielded in a very long time took to the field against local rivals Sevenoaks.

Conditions were not easy in the wind and the early exchanges saw a few wild passes and knock ons from both sides. The big boot of George Spice kept Oaks pinned in their own half and both defences put in some solid D. It was clear though the Wells pack with all but 2 having started 1s this season had a point to prove. On 20 minutes the pressure eventually told and Toby Talbot crossed for the first try, the conversion from Spice  holding up in the wind. A few minutes later Wells applied the pressure again and a solid scrum 5 out saw Spice see the gap open and go over from short range. He converted his own try for a 12-0 lead.

With the players getting accustomed to the conditions the backs started to shift the ball and make some ground. Harvey Colangelo was on the receiving end of a great move and charged to the try line but for a great tackle from the Oaks 6 on the line. The Wells pack applied the pressure again and it wasnt long before Lucas Scully took a pass from Ben Isbell at 8 to cross over with Spice converting 19-0.

With a few minutes to go in the half Spice having a great game made a break and found Joey Toole on the wing who took his chance as he sped over into the corner, Spice added the touchline conversion and Wells were 26-0 as half time loomed.

The thing about this Sevenoaks side is Wells had to work for everything, they were a good unit and in the last few minutes camped on Wells line only to be held up as Wells D stood strong.

Both sides made changes in the second half with the agreed 5 subs each and this led to a slow start of the second half. Oaks had the better of the opening phases and got to Wells 22. Wells were penalised for a series of offences and after 15 mins they went over for a well deserved try converted to reduce the gap to 26 – 7. This was the kickstart Wells needed and the forwards pick and go with Jake Smith off the bench in support of Talbot led to Innes Woodhouse also off the bench to go over in the corner. Wells led 31 – 7. Soon after the backs made good ground and Colangelo found the gap to go over under the posts. Sam Seymour converted for 38-7.

The last play of the game saw Wells straight back on the attack and MOM Toby Talbot went over for his second converted by Seymour for a final score of 45 – 7. Coach Jarrod Taylor was pleased to get the side out for the first time in 6 weeks and remain top of Kent Invicta still unbeaten this season.

Match Report – TWRFC 1XV (9) v Sidcup 1XV (18)

Match Reporter: Tim McCabe

A small post-Christmas crowd gathered at Sidcup for a match that was on the surface, always going to be a grubby and greasy affair.

Wells, with the wind in their faces and javelin rain darting down by the bucket load, started the half with their backs to the opposition club house. Sidcup were up for revenge from their earlier season thumping.

With very difficult conditions, the teams were evenly matched and both needed a solid set of kicking skills and ball handling.

The first try was handed to Sidcup. A retiring Harrison Chapman, the totem Wells no5, caught the ball in an offside position, so was carded in the Wells 22. Sidcup then pressured. And then playing with a penalty advantage, crashed over for the first try. The conversion was missed, which was no surprise given the wind. Score 5-0.

Wells retaliated and followed with some hard yards, then started to make some headway up the field.

Sadly, with 10 minutes left of the half, the Wells 6, Jono Hilton, went off as a precaution, having hit the deck hard. Replaced by Charley Smith. The last action from came from the Sidcup boot, with 3 points kicked. The half ended 8-0. 

At this point the general mood and prediction (within the Wells stalwart supporters) was that they had done enough facing the storm. And with the new change of direction and elements they knew they would turn the tide. 

As with such wishful foresight, the second half started, and the wind and rain had subsided, along with the Wells’s potential added advantage. 

Five minuets in, the Golden booted boy, George Montgomery, kicks a penalty for 3 points. Score now 8-3.

Then with 13 minutes played, after much pressure, The ‘Cup’ come off their feet. It’s the home sides time to see yellow and the offender seeks cover allowing them to dry off in the bin!

The penalty is once again straight through the sticks, by Montgomery. 

Score now 8-6

The next 20 minutes brings heavy pressure from Sidcup on the Tunbridge Wells line. 

Eventually Sidcup get over for the five points on the left hand side of the pitch.

With their try converted, the score is now 15-6.
With the clock ticking down, there is time for an attempted drop goal from Montgomery, but the kick goes agonisingly close. 

Wells then kick three (now 15-9) but this is then cancelled out with a penalty for Sidcup. They get their 3 and with minutes left, both sides settle for an 18-9 ending. 

Next week, Wells play home to Sudbury (at their St Marks ground), who shouldn’t be underestimated. 

Once again the elements look to play a key role in the shape and style of output. Predictions of an ‘up the jumper’ as opposed to the ‘fast and wide’ approach. May not suit them, but as we know, not every prediction goes to plan! 

MATCH REPORT: TWRFC 1XV (14) v Hertford RFC 1XV (3)

Match Reporter: Stuart Montgomery

It was a damp, relatively cold Saturday afternoon with a mild wind coming from the east and across the pitch. The first 10-15 minutes was an untidy and scrappy start with the referee trying to decide the reasons for awarding and resetting scrums. Losing patience he penalised the TW front row for the first kicking opportunity of the half. 35 metres out on the right hand side was found to be too difficult and the kick was pulled into the wind and comfortably missed the right post.
The remainder of the first half was predominantly played in the Hertford half with TW applying pressure with some accurate kicking by George Montgomery who 3 times hit touch 5 metres from the Hertford line. Twice the line out was won taken forward to with inches of the Hertford line but adjudged to be lost in contact or held up and Hertford scrums on their own 5 metres were awarded penalties for various different reasons – Ben Mutch, the hooker and captain on the day, worked hard with the referee to understand the breaches.
On 2 occasions TW had excellent chances to score, firstly after a clean take from Harrison Chapman, moved to the centre and creation of second and 3rd phases and then quick hands to the left wing, Max Hobbs, to go over only for the last pass to be given as forward. The second chance was after huge pressure to the Hertford line with Charley Smith hitting a fantastic line and brushing the first tackle aside and straight over a defender before the the last man standing in the way played the ball on the floor for a TW penalty just 5 metre out. George Montgomery tapped and was immediately tackled from feet away and the play was deemed to have been held up over the Hertford line. The Hertford centre was shown a Yellow card but the penalty try did not seem to be considered. John Petty came off with injured (ribs) and Jake Thompson came off the bench allowing Charley Smith to move to prop. After 2 further TW penalties and scrummages within 5 metres of the line TW were penalised at the set piece and the half was ended 0-0.
The second half saw the same number of penalties awarded and both sides were becoming very frustrated. Hertford were frequently kicking straight into touch from hand by not factoring the wind but hitting touch from the penalty kicks to pressure the TW 22. After 10 minutes within the TW 22 the first points went to Hertford,0-3, after an offside right in front of the posts 10 metres out. As part of that play Max Douch was yellow carded for a high tackle out wide on the left hand side.
TW brought on the rest of the bench with FIn White replacing Sam Seymour and Luke Hawkins replacing Ben Mutch. In the TW 22 a Hertford player had deemed to have committed an offence worthy of a YC and pressure was relieved. 3 consecutive penalties saw a line out 10 metres from Hertford line, good line out and move to the halves channels drew another penalty to TW. George Montgomery saw the opportunity, tapped and went over at mid point between posts and touchline – extra point duly taken 07-03 TW.
With both sides favouring the kicking game this played into TW’s hands as they won many yards with a better kick/chase game and also threatened the Hertford line before being called back for an offside.
With 10 minutes remaining TW found themselves pressing for some comfort and another score. From good second phase ball George Montgomery chipped over the rushing defence, regathered and scored the try to the right 20 metres from the touch line – another conversion and the score moved to 14-03.
The last 7 minutes saw Hertford attacking to try and get something, even a losing bonus point, from this game. Charley Smith was given a yellow card for an over aggressive tackle and the Hertford winger also saw yellow after some misdemeanours on the floor in the fading light.
It wasn’t a flowing game at all and with continual stoppages it was a tense and frustrating game. The result was the right one on the day as the TW defence was immense and their kicking game was superior. TW remain in 4th place and look forward to CS Stags away next week with the league leaders Westcombe Park at home on the 17th.


Match Reporter: Stuart Montgomery

This fixture completed the first half of the season whereby Bedford had only lost 1 previous home game and Tunbridge Wells could claim to having only conceded 79 points away from home all season – this was going to be a close game. Playing on an artificial grass pitch under lights is a great home advantage and leads to a game played at pace and we weren’t disappointed.

Tunbridge Wells started very well and took the game to Bedford in the opening exchanges and a loose clearance kick from Bedford found Mike Doherty on half way who scythed through the first line of defence and angled back towards the touchline to outpace the remaining defence. George Montgomery converting to make it 0-7.

Bedford were playing an open game and much of the first half saw multiple phases before Tunbridge Wells forced handling errors by patient but aggressive defence, especially in the 10-12-13 channels. It was from a TW scrum on the 40 metre line that was won but was deemed to have been collapsed to give Beford their first points of the game from a goal penalty. TW bounced back and after 3 or 4 good phases out to the right, recycled and taken wide with the extra hands of Brockman putting Mylo Vanner-Mackew in at the left corner – conversion narrowly missed but extended the lead to 3-12 which was taken to half time. Josh Brockman had to retire with an ankle injury and was replaced by Tom Waghorne. Matt Spicer was yellow carded for a side entry at a maul.

The second half saw TW again start well but a little inaccuracy saw mistakes at line out and breakdown and there were no further rewards. Bedford launched a sustained period of attack and TW defence was tested for c15 minutes and just holding out by a couple of strong ‘last ditch’ tackles by the back row and centres. It didn’t seem long with Matt back from the yellow card before Jono Hinton was carded for a high tackle. TW had some injuries and the team shuffled around (Ben Day and Stu Nicholls coming off the bench) but managed to keep their shape to create 2 half chances which were ended by crossing and a knock on wide out on the right wing following a kick into space. Bedford finally managed to cross the line on c70 minutes after multiple phases, this was duly converted to make the score 10-12. The last 10 minutes was a tight affair and neither side took a backward step and the home crowd were expecting the victory. Into the last minute of the game saw a TW knock on 40 metres from the line and the scrummage was to be the last play. A fantastic scrum from the tight 5 saw the Bedford front row stand up and the penalty, along with game, went to TW.

Both sides wanted to play rugby and on a different day the score could have been many more points across the board. It is most certainly a different game on an AGP and this should be good preparation for the second half of the season where we travel to the other opponents with a similar set up. 

At the halfway point we remain in 4th place and with a closely fought league no game can be taken for granted.                                

MATCH REPORT: Tunbridge Wells 1XV (24) vs Harpenden RFC (12)

Match Reporter: Tim McCabe

The players lined up to pause and reflect for two-minutes. The observed silence, is then awoken by the proficient Conor Boyle’s shrill blast on the whistle. The game gets underway, Wells kick off facing the clubhouse with a steady breeze behind their backs.

It’s a very close game, with much to and fro. After 13 minutes in, Harpenden are awarded a penalty for Wells not releasing. This results in five minutes of persistent pressure, but Wells defence is resolute. Eventually Wells then clear their lines, and the tables are turned, with a quarter of the match now played.

Thirty-one minutes in, a massive kick from Ed Shepherdson, showing versatility on the wing, lands 5 meters out. The line out is caught by Wells, mauled and expertly driven over the line and touchdown by the Wells blind side, Jono Hinton.  

The kick is not converted. Wells lead 5-0.

The next 9 minutes sees Harpenden banging at Tunbridge Wells’ door, but it’s bolted shut and their defence is solid. Eventually, after several Harpenden penalties, Wells managed to get one of their own, and boot the ball out for a well-earned half time rest. Score still 5-0.

Second half starts with colossal pressure from Harpenden, eventually their 11 goes over and dots down in the left-hand corner. Score 5-5 after conversion goes wide.

Wells start, with great pressure from the off and quick tap penalty from George Montgomery, followed by a line out. The ball is caught, driven and again Wells go over for the five points, with the totemic Toby Talbot getting a well-deserved team try.

Monty kicks the two, score is now 12-5

The game restarts and pretty soon Wells are back on the front foot. They enter the opposition 22, with a nice switch play from left to right and a try lands curtesy of Tom Waghorne. George Montgomery again converts the two, it’s now 19-5

Wells now on the march receive a penalty as Harpenden’s 11 is penalised for ‘coming off his feet’. They opt for a kick to the line, and with a clean catch, get a rolling maul over the whitewash. Jono Hinton dots down for his brace and Wells pull ahead, 24-5, with the conversion missed.

With 15 minutes left of the match, Harpenden provide some never say die attitude and their beefy 6 finally crosses the line. With the conversion kick sailing over, the score is sealed at 24-12

Harpenden now feel they are in the game, and turn up the heat, but again strong tackling from the whole team keeps them at bay. Nick Doherty, deservedly picking up the Man of the Match award from Chapel Down Group, for his efforts. Always leading from the front.

With the light now fading Harpenden still on the attack, but it’s proving increasingly unlikely that they will close the 12-point gap.

The last play of the game, sees Wells kick the ball out from their scrum. Another great day at the office and Wells move up to 4th position in the Regional 1 South East division.


Match reporter: Tim McCabe

A large crowd at St Marks were looking forward to this mid table clash against Colchester, who were only just sitting above Tunbridge Wells. It was a lovely mild and sunny afternoon. Perfect conditions for our splendid sport!

The Game kicked off with Tunbridge Wells facing the club house end. And within minutes, were slotting 3 points courtesy of the boot of George ‘Monty’ Montgomery, who was to have a major, positive impact across the whole game. 

Colchester immediately responded and within minutes of arriving into the Wells half, Sam Butler, the opposition hooker, touched down. At this point both teams knew they were in a game! Score now 3-5 as the conversion went wide. 

Wells replied with a neat kick from ‘Monty’ threaded through the oncoming defence. The ball perked up neatly and nestled into the hands of the nifty winger, Jack Smith and again Monty’s boot added the two – 10-5.

The match seemed very well balanced and incredibly entertaining. Wells seemed to have the upper hand at this stage and 20 minutes in, arrived at the opposition 22 for a another scrum. It’s fair to say the Colchester pack had the nudge at scrum time. Nail biting stuff.

Sustained pressure from Colchester began to take its toll on the tired Wells defence, the talented 7, Dan Whiteman, (previous club captain) bundled over for the 5. They didn’t make the conversion, so 10-10.

The game restarted and Monty’s boot was still proving to be useful. The home crowed were loving the strong running in midfield. Unfortunately the ball was turned over. Colchester took control and the super speedy 14, Conner O’Reilly, utilised his slippery skills and managed to break two tackles. Colchester were about to score coming towards the end of the first half, Wells needed to hold out.

Finally the pressure was too much and the opposition scored a try. Jimmy Malpaine dotted down. With the conversion – 10-17 is now the score line.

Wells were now in attack, with the sun on their backs and kicked down to the 22. Wells won the line out, the pill was chipped over, Ed Shepherdson at 15 was trying to run through the middle, with a beautiful delay on the pass the Wells wizard, Mylo Vanner-Mackew, cut through and stuck his five points underneath the posts.  Monty nailed the conversion and the first half ended, honours even. Score 17-17.

 Some of the crowed ran for well needed refreshments, the teams chatted and then it was back for the second half. Nerves were jangling!

 Play started, then broke down with an injury on the wing. The game resumed and with some decent open play from the Wells team , the ball was spun out wide and Wells scored in the corner through Mike Doherty. The conversion unfortunately hit the upright and bounced away so the score was now 22-17

The match was going backwards and forwards in middle ground territory. Josh Brockman, at openside, returning to the team, was being a proper nuisance.  However 15 minutes in, a decent kick into the 22, saw the Colchester army on the attack.  

Too much time spent was now being spent in the Well’s 22. Pressure was immense. Wells took some light relief, received a scrum, as the opposition spilled the pill, and cleared their lines with a clean kick to touch. But not for long, as the ball was grubbed through. And the speedy Malpaine took the chance from a Wells fumble, and easily glided through and put the ball down. With conversion, the opposition were now up by 2 points – score 22-24

It was now Well’s turn to fight back. Unfortunately their ball was turned over for holding on. And the pattern of the game was starting to ebb and slow. Wells needed possession if they were going to win.

There were a succession of penalties to Wells with the second penalty awarded in kicking range and dispatched. Again Monty providing the shot.

Wells now ahead, score 25-24.

With the clock running down, O’Brien at tight head saw yellow with a high shot, rendering the scrum to uncontested as Wells needed to go down to 13 players. They won their ball and charged down to the opposition 22. They then received a penalty for foul play and Monty moves the score line to 28-24.

Colchester still had time and threw the sink at the mighty Wells. They received a penalty and kicked for touch. It was all getting a little bit nail-biting!

Amazingly a Brockman turnover helped ease the nerves, and Monty tried for a drop goal. The Wells defence held strong and rebuffed the final Colchester charge. The ball was turned over, kicked out and the crowd cheered. You will not see a better, closer contested game, ever.

The players shook hands and Wells look forward to continuing their winning streak. A great game played by two excellent sides. It was a pleasure to host Colchester.

Next week sees the TWRFC 1st XV travel to Tring RFC. All travelling support welcomed!