Tonbridge Juddians 26 London Irish Wild Geese 37
THE Wild Geese had yet to register a victory in their first four matches of the National League Two South campaign but they ripped up the form book at The Slade and took home a bonus point victory.
TJs came into the match in good form but they started slowly and London Irish were soon 10-0 up.
A rare spark got the hosts back in the hunt as Charlie Edwards tapped and went with the pack finally driving him over.
A Liam Prescott penalty took TJs level but an Irish penalty and a try with the last play of the half gave them a 10-20 lead at the break.
TJs invariably have a good third quarter and it seemed they might repeat this as Edwards went over again with the help of his pack.
A Nathan Holmes penalty brought TJs level and then an exchange of penalties took it to 23-23, setting up an exciting climax.
Unfortunately TJs’ collective energy was being sapped by a strong defence and injuries were taking their toll.
The Wild Geese were finding their speedsters well and added two more tries, while TJs could only muster another penalty and had to walk away with no points.
Tonbridge were, however, buoyed by the arrival of new signing Ryan Jackson, who was impressive when he came on as a replacement.
On Saturday TJs have a third home game on the bounce as they welcome Redingensians, who are one place below them in eighth spot in National League Two South (kick-off 3pm).