Rugby: Powerful form is a boost for Tunbridge Wells ahead of must-win game

    Tunbridge Wells 85 Dover 0

    STEAL YOUR THUNDER Flanker Mike Hathway wins the lineout PHOTO: Bruce Elliott

    TUNBRIDGE WELLS kept their hopes of a promotion play-off place in London Division One well and truly alive with a very convincing win against Dover.

    The visitors to St Marks already knew they would be relegated at the end of this campaign.

    On 13 minutes a powerful rolling maul was halted illegally and the referee awarded a penalty try.

    Further tries from Chaz Spence, Fionn McLoughlin and Jake Jones saw Wells go into half-time with the try bonus point already secured.

    The opening 11 minutes of the second half saw a rampant Wells put the game to bed with 28 unanswered points.

    The powerful Hayden Pengelly, Jake Thompson, Hayden Pope and captain Lee Campion crossed for tries that were all converted by Pope. Regular kicker Frank Reynolds had gone off to be rested ahead of a national county semi-final on Easter Sunday.

    Full-back Jones crossed again, followed by a spectacular Nick Doherty try from the restart when the No 8 plucked the ball out of the air and ran in from 65 metres.

    Then winger Adam Webb followed suit, catching and returning a kick from 60 metres out for his first try for the First XV – to a great reception from the supporters.

    Spence crossed again and Mike Hathaway also dotted down for a well-deserved try before the end.

    Wells have the Easter weekend off before hosting local rivals Maidstone in their final league game on April 22.

    Victory is a necessity to keep up the pressure on second-placed Havant, who have to travel to league champions Sidcup.