Rugby: Speedy Mills secures Wells win over rivals Sevenoaks

    Sevenoaks 8 Tunbridge Wells 27

    OUT OF REACH Jack Jones goes on the charge for Tunbridge Wells Photo: Bruce Elliott

    THE Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club hailed the key win at Sevenoaks as one of the team’s strongest displays of the season.

    Graham Withers believed the performance placed the team in prime league position as they approach the second half of a promising campaign.

    With the side now sitting just four points behind second-placed Havant in the London One South table, Mr Withers felt the team had built up valuable momentum after enduring mixed fortunes last month.

    He praised man of the match Jake Mills for a standout display amid a convincing team performance that saw their local rivals decisively beaten.

    Wells opened the scoring through Frank Reynolds, but Sevenoaks soon opened their account through Dan Phoenix.

    But in the second half the visitors really started to take control of the game and by the 55th minute they were 20-8 up.

    Then Mills picked up the ball and went on a long run to score a try and ensure the win.

    Mr Withers said: “We’re very pleased with the result, as it was a tough game for us.”

    “It would have been good to have got a bonus points win, but it was a hard game.”

    Head Coach Matt Cook praised his team for ending a run of inconsistent displays, saying: “The team to put in a lot of hard work but they were rewarded. In the second half we bludgeoned them into submission with some strong possession for a well-deserved win.

    “It leaves us in third place in the league and we are now set up well for our next games in January. If we can overcome Tottonians at home, then we will be in a very good position within the league.”

    Coach Cook added that he is making good progress from an injury sustained earlier in the season, and hoped to be fit for selection in February.