MATCH REPORT: TWRFC 1XV (28) V COLCHESTER RFC 1XV (24)
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!
U9 Travel to Chipstead RFC Festival
Chipstead RFC welcomed teams from all mini age groups for their annual festival on a sunshine filled morning last Sunday. Joining the fun were two squads from our U9s in their first series of contact games. In between lots of tries, pizza, superb tackling and end to end rugby, the kids showed great determination, teamwork and commitment to make TWRFC proud. Thanks to all the coaches and parent support for making it a great day!
2XV MATCH REPORT: TWRFC 2XV (27) v Old Colfeians RFC 2XV (7)
Match Reporter: Fran Colangelo
A sunny day in South East London saw 15 players put on the blue and white for Wells 2s hoping to continue their fine start to the season
It was great to see the return of Charlie Rigby from injury playing at 10 to accommodate a backs reshuffle. It looked a strong side again against what looked like an equally strong and big Colfes side.
Colfes kicked off and Wells failed to collect resulting in the first of many penalties. Early Colfes pressure looked certain to get points on the board but Wells defence held firm and at the first opportunity Wells found space and the ball went from wing to wing before Max Douch scored in the corner for a 0-5 lead.
Colfes had the most of the early possession despite going down and Wells were racking up the penalty count. On 15 mins skipper Stu Nicholls saw yellow, Colfes piled on the pressure but could not convert and Wells cleared their lines. The 14 men marched upfield and quick thinking from Douch taking a quick tap penalty saw the ball spun wide to Harvey Colangelo to step inside the defence to score Wells second try. Ed Shepherdson added the 2 into a strong wind and Wells led 0-12 after 30 mins. Colfes strong runners in particular their centres found gaps but Wells defence was not to be breached and Ed Shepherdson concluded the half with a penalty for a 0-15 half time lead.
The second half started much like the first with Colfes attacking early on and for 15 mins Wells defended and cleared their lines. It was Colfes to get the wrong side of the ref in the second half and this gave Wells respite. Wells forwards were winning some good ball and as soon as they went through the phases a score always looked possible. Quick ruck ball and a lovely chip ahead from Spice saw Douch chase and claim the ball to dot over the line and with Shepherdson converting Wells had a 0-22 lead.
With 20 mins to go Colfes got their reward for their pressure as Wells ran out of defenders. The gap was closed to 7-22 and Colfes had a renewed energy. This game was not over. With the weather changing and the rain coming down heavily neither side could make any real gains. Wells kept it tight and with 30 minutes on the clock they attacked the blind side and Colangelo barged his way into the corner for his brace. At 7-27 the game was one, Colfes attacked again but Wells were equal to it and saw the game out.
This was another good performance from a strong side starting to gel and great to see so many players in the team that have come through the Wells system from Minis to Juniors to Seniors. Long may it continue.
Match Report: TWRFC 1XV (30) V SUDBURY RFC 1XV (10)
Match Reporter: Jim Hendley
Wells travelled to Sudbury for the first time and knew they were going to be in for an open and entertaining match. Whilst the travelling fans were few, they made up for it in volume as the TWRFC WAGS encouraged and supported the team from the kick off to the final whistle. The omens looked good from the outset as after being treated to a fantastic pre-match lunch a TWRFC supporter won the ‘heads & tails’ competition which added some nice funds to the beer kitty!
It was imperative that Wells got off to a quick start which meant shaking the near 3-hour coach journey out of their legs. Sudbury are particularly strong at home and like to play a high tempo, quick recycling & attacking game.
In relatively benign conditions Wells received the kick off and exited their 22 with a good clearance kick by Montgomery. The ensuing Sudbury lineout was stolen by Wells and the ball moved wide across the line, Brockman creating the extra man and sending Mylo Vanner through under the posts for a converted try 0-7 after 2 minutes. Wells were able top build on this after continuous infringements by Sudbury giving penalty chances for Wells to build their lead to 0-16 by halftime. Montgomery was imperious with the boot all match, kicking all 6 goal attempts and continuously finding space behind the Sudbury defence or clearing the lines. He was the worthy winner of the MOTM awarded by Sudbury.
Sudbury did have their moments and tried to attack at every opportunity, but the Wells defence held firm every time with notable contributions from Talbot, Brockman and N Doherty. A particularly impressive feature was the first up tackling with the Sudbury attackers often knocked back over the gain line or the ball dislodged for a knock on. With Wells having more control at the lineout and looking sharp in open play they always offered a threat. Debutant scrum half Sam Seymour also had an impressive game moving the ball wide at pace, defending well and box kicking effectively.
Wells kicked off the second half and the first score was going to be crucial if Wells could extend their lead or give Sudbury the opportunity to get back into the match. A good crowd were fully behind the home side but Wells had a blistering start again and this time it was Brockman who scored in the corner after great ball retention and passing by the Wells side. Montgomery slotting from the touchline with aplomb which silenced the home crowd and increased the decibels of the few travelling supporters 0-23.
To their credit Sudbury didn’t relent with their pace and attacks but were unable to break through the Wells defence. The whole team defended as a unit which is a reflection of the organisation and effort put in on the training paddock. The lineout held firm with Chapman managing to disrupt several of Sudbury’s and turn the ball over for Wells.
Midway through the half Wells extended their lead further after a sublime chip by Montgomery over the defence allowed Captain, Mike Doherty to scoop up the ball and whilst tackled he managed to reach out and dot down for the try, duly converted from the touchline by Montgomery. 0-30.
The game then became a little ragged and TW started to lose a little focus giving away several penalties which gave Sudbury some heart and they eventually broke through to score an unconverted try. 5-30. With Wells now on a team warning from the referee it seemed inevitable that a yellow card would follow and unfortunately it as Nick Doherty infringement that meant he was sent to the bin. Sudbury upped their intensity further and Wells brought on their bench to help stem the tide but eventually the home team were in again for another unconverted try 10-30.
With Wells back at full strength they saw the remainder of the game out relatively comfortably and ran out worthy winners. A great performance away from home and it was good to back up the previous victory over Sidcup. When Wells are fully focussed on their game rather than worrying about decisions that don’t go their way, they can cause any of the teams in this league a problem or two. With back-to-back home games coming up against Medway & Colchester they’re in a good position to extend their winning run.
TWRFC 3s (53) v Gravesend RFC 4s (5)
Match report: Fran Colangelo
Well 3rds followed up their win over Lordswood last week with a sound victory over Gravesend 4s on a beautiful sunny afternoon at St Marks on Saturday
With the Vets playing on Sunday this was a young looking side that saw the return of a couple of players back from Injury and some young guns that have come up through our mini and junior ranks
The kick off was 10 mins late due to traffic congestion but from the off Wells looked to attack and after a few knock ons from both sides Wells Stu Nicholls on his return from injury went over for the first try unconverted for a 5-0 lead. From the returning kick off Cam Follows took a great catch and charge upfield he linked with his team mates before Harvey Colangelo sent prop John Owusu over with Ollie crees converting for a 12 – 0 lead. Wells had found their flow and with Gs wayward with their kicking from hand Wells capitalised, this time Colangelo playing at 10 linked with Crees, a combination not seen for many a year at St Marks as their dads looked on proudly from the touchline! Ollie scored and converted for a 19-0 lead after 20 mins. Wells were starting to gel with some impressive running from Alex Nicholls in his first senior game after uni and Ollie Crees always strong with ball in hand and Robbie Hendley making a welcome return to the Club showed glimpses of his silky running. The pack were impressive with some charging runs and offloads and new young 9 Sam Seymour fed from the base well. The future looks bright for our 3s!
It was Cam Follows next on the scoresheet with some great support play to touch down – 24-0. The next 15 mins Gs turned things around with some aggressive tackling and testing runs stopping the Wells flow and the scoreboard in turn. A blood injury to the returning Josh Hawkins saw him leave the field to be taped up and it wasn’t until the last play of the half that Simon Waymont showing immense strength got over in the corner for a 29-0 half time lead.
The impressive Follows opened the half with an early try converted by Crees for a 36-0 lead and shortly after a well worked try that saw several phases eventually was dotted down by Colangelo with Crees converting again – 43-0. Gs never gave up coming close on many occasions but not quite getting the reward they deserved as Wells cleared their lines. It wasn’t until the last few minutes that Wells hit the scoreboard again. First Ollie Crees went over then Alex Nicholls got a deserved try chasing Hendleys kick to the corner. At 53-0 the game was won but Gs found the inner strength to march upfield and with Wells giving away a succession of penalties Gs took advantage and went over for what was a deserved try.
A great game, well refereed in a good spirit with a supportive crowd. A good day all round and skipper Andrew Cunningham left the field with a smile on his face and always good to see the effervescent Andy Maynard trotting out for another season
Recruiting: Academy Coach
Tunbridge Wells RFC is a community rugby club playing rugby in the london & South-East Premier division (level 5)l. Home games are played at St Marks off Frant Road on the Kent/Sussex border. The Junior section is the bedrock of the club with over 750 registered youth players from Under 6s to Under 18s.
Tunbridge Wells RFC strives for the highest standard of youth coaching. We are an RFU accredited club, and are subscribed to the RFU Kids First initiative to put children at the heart of everything we do. Tunbridge Wells RFC champions sport for players of all age, gender, diversity and ability, enabling them to play to the best of their abilities.
The club is committed to discovering and developing promising talent in English rugby and creating a pathway for players of all abilities to progress into the senior game. Our academy is non-selective and provides player-centric coaching and development, for players as they transition from adolescent to adult and as they progress from age-grade to senior rugby.
We are recruiting for a head-coach for the academy; which will be able to inspire and engage with the players development. Applicants will need to demonstrate the highest standards of coaching, professional, managerial and personal attributes.
The successful applicant will lead the Academy programme; supported by a team of volunteers including: assistant coaches; team manager; strength and conditioning coaches; and analysts.
- Lead the Tunbridge Wells Academy coaching programme & ensure the delivery of excellent first-class coaching throughout the Academy.
- Assist the club executive in creating a vision that establishes Tunbridge Wells RFC academy as one of the leading player development pathways.
- Take the lead role in in the decision-making process with matters relating to the academy; including session/season structure; player progression, player retention; team selection and all other matters relating to Academy players.
- Lead a multidisciplinary team of coaches and other volunteers to deliver a great academy experience for the players involved.
- Establish and support personal development plans and objectives for academy players.
- Actively participate in networking opportunities, events, open days and other recruitment, scouting and publicity activities as necessary.
- Experience of development and performance coaching
- Experience of managing staff from different disciplines
- Knowledge and understanding of player pathways
- Level 2 Coaching Certificate (or working towards)
- Full UK driving license
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to explain and present information clearly
- Able to both lead and be part of a team
- Reliable and trustworthy
- Strong work ethic
- Experience of working at all levels of the professional game
- Recent and relevant experience of coaching Academy players
- Level 3 Coaching Certificate (or working towards)
Competitive and dependent upon experience
Part Time – 5-6 hours per week.
The role requires the candidate to be available to plan and delivery training mid-week; and Sunday mornings. Ideally the candidate will also be available to support both home and away fixtures on Sunday mornings.
Our preference is to have a single lead academy coach; however to secure the right candidate(s) we are open to exploring flexible options.
Please email a CV and optionally a covering letter to: email@example.com
MATCH REPORT: TWRFC 1ST XV (55) v SIDCUP RFC 1STXV (17)
Match Report: Roger Clarke
In perfect conditions for running rugby these two old adversaries met at St Marks on Saturday in this RFU Regional 1 South East league game.
Wells kicked off up the hill and aided by three consecutive penalties against the visitors found themselves in the corner courtesy of a very precise kick from George Montgomery. Ben Mutch and his jumpers secured the ball and rolled the maul for Toby Talbot to get the try and George Montgomery the conversion after 2 minutes. 7-0.
Aided by wasteful kicking from Sidcup, skipper Mike Doherty was able over the next few minutes from his new position at fullback, to launch a number of counter attacks which culminated after 6 minutes with Doherty launching scrum half Finlay White to score Wells second try and give them a lead of 12-0.
When Sidcup retained possession and did not kick it away they saw some time in the Wells half and scrum half Munton kicked a simple penalty after 10 minutes 12-3.
Wells by this time were dominating the line out and achieving parity in the scrums and with Montgomery bossing the tactics with some astute kicks and prompting runs Wells were able to play an expansive game as a Montgomery penalty was added to the score on 21 minutes.
A rare handling error in the Wells centre then gave Sidcup some hope as No 8 Jon West put hooker Hopkins in for the try after seizing on the loose ball. Munton converting to see Sidcup back in the game at 15-10.
Wells upped the pace of the game after this score and with some very precise passing and Montgomery’s tactical boot were able to take the game away from Sidcup as Montgomery himself weaved through on 36 minutes to score and convert his own try 22-10 and for Wells to be rewarded as halftime approached with the Doherty brothers carving space in midfield to create a gap for Finlay White as he went through for his second try of the afternoon converted by Montgomery for a half time lead of 29-10.
Playing down the slope in the second half Wells should have added to their score as they passed to the opposition in the right corner with the line at their mercy but the home side continued to apply pressure as the pack and particularly the tight forwards applied themselves to aggressive tackling to secure a succession of knock forwards in the tackle which continued to give the side copious ball to move wide.
On 44 minutes right wing Jack Smith sped down the touch line to score taking advantage of 14 man Sidcup’s defensive disadvantage after a yellow card. Montgomery again converted with pinpoint accuracy 36-10 and a try bonus point in the bag. Within 2 minutes with the ball spread quickly and accurately to the left wing this time Max Hobbs weaved and sidestepped over for Montgomery to convert from the touchline 43-10.
Sidcup having determined that kicking the ball away was a bad tactic put in a sequence of passing movements in midfield and on 50 minute pulled 7 points back as they drove through the middle 43-17. This if anything encourage Wells to play even more open and fast Rugby as Mike Doherty powered over on 65 minutes with Montgomery converting and with Jack Smith scoring his second after a scorching run on 68 minutes for the 8th Wells try of the afternoon and Montgomery helping himself to a sixth conversion to round off the final score at 55 -17.
This was a very good afternoon for the Wells side as they started to demonstrate their potential. 6 tries for the backs illustrated the pattern of play as Ben Mutch and his second rows – Jonno Hinton and Harrison Chapman- provided a seamless supply of line out ball to provide a platform as Montgomery and White at half back prompted from the boot and in hand.
Sidcup never gave up but couldn’t cope with the Wells pace and accuracy of handling which if it can be consistently reproduced bodes well for the rest of the season. The side now takes a well- earned rest week before visiting Sudbury in a fortnights time and Simon Jervis and his coaching team can take heart at the move up the league table as a result of their hard work during the week on the training ground.
Match Report: TWRFC 2XV (31) v Canterbury RFC 3XV (19)
Match Reporter: Mike Rigby
On a bright sunny autumnal day we welcomed Canterbury 3’s and referee Michael Weller to St Marks.
Captain Ben Kennard losing the toss meant Canterbury kicked off on the 2nd XV pitch playing towards the Frant Road end.
We were to have a fast and furious start as within 5 minutes we had already seen three penalties for TWRFC and a beautifully worked try. The Wells were using their strong ball carriers Brockman, Webb and Daniels to punch through the Canterbury defence.The try came from one such run as Brockman broke through the defensive line to release the sparky Inees Woodhouse to run home the first try in front of the posts. The Wells 10, George Spice, was in a hurry so drop kicked the conversion. 7-0 to the home side.
But, if the Wells thought this was going to be an easy afternoon they were sorely mistaken. Within 3 minutes the impressive Ben Waite went over for Canterbury. Freddie Chapman slotting from the 15m line to take the score to 7 all (after only 8 minutes).
Wells continued with the strong carries and even the strong George Spice breaking the line and heading towards the try line. No one was quite sure whether the try was scored except Mr Weller who called held up. But Wells were again looking dominant in the scrum, in the line out and in open play. This meant the penalty count was rising for Canterbury. At one such penalty Brockman went quick and scored in the corner. The conversion looked very challenging, so much so that Spice called for the kicking tee. Well worth the wait as he slotted very impressively. 14-7 to Wells and only 14 minutes gone.
Unfortunately this was again to spark a resurgence from Canterbury as they came back hard to the home side, It required some significant defence and the Wells pack held firm. A particular highlight for the crowd was a huge Webb tackle on the opposition 9 who wore it well. Having been pinned back in their own half for 10 minutes Wells went to the Boot to evacuate. And what a boot it was! Jack Smith took the ball in hand and kicked high and long. He chased his own kick and after the away sides 15 fumbled Smith took him to ground, sprung up and secured possession. The lively Collangelo was on hand to pick up the ball and cover the 3 yards to the try line and score a beautiful try. After two very impressive conversions Spice was in no mans land of the 15m line, he was unsuccessful. 19-7 and still 10 minutes of the first half to play,
Wells came back strong and Hawkins took his impressive defence shift into his attacking game. He ran hard to the line with defenders scattering in all directions. It looked a certain try but the mighty Canterbury 9 managed to hold the huge front row player up. Another goal line drop out which saw Canterbury make good distance. A couple of missed tackles in midfield saw the omnipresent Ben Waite go over again for Canterbury. Chapman missed and we went in at half time at 19-12 to the home side.
Coach Jarrod gathered his men together and imparted some words of wisdom. Jarrod was joined in the coaching by Charlie Rigby and Stu Nichols. It was also great to see other team mates Tom Pithouse, Chris Brown and Avatar on the touchline supporting the boys. The squad look and feel very tight at the moment.
Anyway as the Wells kicked off what we really needed to know was what did the Canterbury coach say at half time. Because they came out a different team. Their scrum became dominant from nowhere and TWRFC were giving away penalty after penalty, many of which were in the red zone. We were lucky to have a referee in Weller who let the came flow as we could easily have been penalised. Wells were defending hard and were under immense pressure. In the end Wells suffered a double whammy when the very impressive Webb went off with a head cut and Brockman saw yellow for a high tackle. This inevitably led to another Canterbury try which was converted to take the scores level at 19-19.
Fortunately the home side found a never say die attitude and went back to their strong ball carriers to punch through the defence. One such move saw Spice make a clean line break where he immediately realised he did not have the legs to make the line, he looked left and same Smith with gas to spare. He was straight over the line, under the posts for Scully to convert. 26-19. When another Penalty came the Wells way they showed good game management bu shooting to go for posts. Unfortunately Scully went wide but his did put pressure on the away side as they failed to clear their line. As Canterbury tried to run out they man into the man mountain Ollie Daniels who put another big tackle in which saw another Wells turnover. Daniels went quick and was over in the corner. A challenging conversion was missed and the score hit 31-19.
That was how the game finished where we saw a second win for the TWRFC 2’s vs a strong Canterbury side and officiated by impressive Michael Weller. A good game with lots of good rugby on show
Match Report: Westcombe Park 1XV (31) v TWRFC 1XV (15)
Match Report: Jim Hendley
With overcast conditions and a freshening breeze Wells took to the field looking for a response after the previous weeks result. Westcombe Park were at full strength and in confident mood after their unbeaten start to the season.
Combe kicked off with the conditions against them, so Wells needed to make a fast start and get points on the board which they duly did. Straight from the kick receive the forwards burst through the Combe defence but a loose pass ended the move in front of the posts. Wells exerted pressure at the scrum and were awarded a penalty which Montgomery duly converted, 0-3. Combe came back hard at Wells and after a series of forward drives and a quick tap from a penalty their forwards forced over for a try well converted from out wide by Buckley, 7-3.
The game then settled into a rhythm with the Wells back line looking dangerous in open play and the scrum yet Combe dominant in the line out. Wells created several great attacking opportunities due to the fine field kicking of Montgomery and utilising the conditions well but then losing key lineouts in the opponents 22. Wells were however finally rewarded by another Montgomery penalty goal on 26 minutes after WP were penalised for offside, 7-6. Almost straight from the restart another Montgomery kick led to a 50-22 to Wells but the ensuing lineout was again stolen by Combe who managed to clear their lines once more.
Wells continued to pressure the Combe defence but handling errors and turnovers by both sides meant neither side were particularly dominant although Wells continued to have the better attacking positions. The final score of the half was another Montgomery penalty goal which gave Wells a slender 7-9 lead at the break. A great flowing move by the backs was brought to an abrupt halt by deliberate interference from Combe in front of the posts with only the penalty awarded.
The feeling was that if Combe could utilise the conditions as well as Wells had then it could be their opportunity to extend their unbeaten run.
Wells however had different ideas and started the second half as they did apply pressure on the Combe defence. Both sides were trying to play some open rugby but all too often it was punctuated by a poor pass or a knock on. Harrison eventually made a couple of great kicks into the Wells corner and their superior lineout provided the platform for the first score of the second half after 50 minutes when a very fortunate ricochet allowed Orelaja to touch down for an unconverted try, 12-9. Wells were soon back on terms after an eager Combe defence were caught offside, 12-12. However, straight from the kick off Wells were penalised due to blocking off and Combe were clinical with the ensuing penalty. A kick into the 22, lineout secure and drive over the line for an unconverted try 17-12 after 55 minutes.
At this point Combe looked in the ascendency but to their credit Wells came back at Combe and were awarded yet another penalty in front of the posts to enable Montgomery to make it 17-15 on 60 minutes and the referee still showing no signs of any further sanctions due to these continuous infringements.
Wells then came under some sustained pressure in front of their posts and managed to turnover the ball and with quick hands they moved the ball swiftly wide to Hobbs, on the left, who burst past his Radcliff and seemed clear only for an outstretched Combe defenders’ arm to ankle tap him and stop a certain score.
The game was in the balance until the last 5 minutes when Combe scored twice with a push over try and then another lineout drive both converted by Buckley to give a final score line of 31-15 which didn’t reflect the overall nature of the match. Wells will reflect on not being able to convert territory into points but there are plenty of positives to work on during the week to ensure they’ll be well prepared to host Sidcup next weekend.