Juddians go top after rare win on the island

    Guernsey 14 Tonbridge Juddians 47

    THE HIGH LIFE Juddians win a line-out

    THE president of Tonbridge Juddians hailed a convincing away win over Guernsey as a key moment in their campaign as they went top of National League Three London & South-East.

    Andy Trotter believed the team’s run of form had placed them in a strong position for the season after a fiercely competitive match on their travels to the Channel Islands.

    Winning at Guernsey was a feat that had been managed by the club only once before, and their opponents were in fifth place in the table.

    TJ’s latest victory, together with other helpful results involving the teams around them, puts Juddians on top of the division for the first time since their opening match of the season against Southend in September.

    Trotter said: “Guernsey were expected to be very tough opponents so it is even more satisfying to come away with a bonus point victory.

    “TJs withstood waves of attacks in the second half with an outstanding defensive display despite being reduced to 14 players following injuries to two of the front row.

    “It is a great credit to the players and the coaching team that despite a horrendous run of injuries they have put together a string of very good wins, accumulating six bonus points and the best points difference in the league.

    “We’re in a very tough league and we face some hard games in the run-up to Christmas – with the last game of the year against Westcombe Park, the only side to beat us this season.

    “They are currently in second place so that should be a great match,” added Trotter, who said the club’s supporters had played their part in the team’s success so far this season.