Tonbridge Juddians 23-12 Henley Hawks
This was a performance that Henley will want to forget as they slipped to fourth place in the battle for the play-off spot. it was a lacklustre display in direct contrast to the performance against league leaders, the Rams from the previous week. Henley struggled to get a foothold in the game as they failed to retain possession and were on the wrong side of the referees whistle as numerous penalties were conceded. As a consequence, ex-Hawk, Will Robinson had an accurate afternoon to punish Henley's indiscretions.
The hosts opened up a 13 point lead after 20 minutes with two well taken penalties from Robinson and a conversion of a try that resulted from Henley's lack of concentration. The hosts were able to build multiple phases of direct running and eventually Henley simply ran out of numbers for the powerful TJ’s centre to cross for a converted try once again from Robinson.
Henley then had their best spell of the first half as for once they retained possession and patience to send Randle in at the corner, with the conversion failing. This should have been the signal for Henley to push on as they've done many times this season. Sadly another penalty extended the lead at the break.
The second half performance was much better as the visitors started to put together some forceful running with Hyde and Lunnon playing key roles. In addition Hall was introduced to fray and made an immediate impact with some direct hard running. In addition Bradley was carrying hard and got through a mountain of work.
Eventually, the pressure paid and Griffiths was able to open up the defence and dive over for Giles to convert. With only a 4 point lead and a man in the bin this was Henley's opportunity to go and win the game. Unfortunately, shortly after this score a missed tackle saw the home side power their way over in the corner for Robinson to once again convert.
Henley still had time to chase the elusive points but the home side defence held firm for a deserved win. Henley will lick their wounds and prepare thoroughly for next weeks test against Old Reds who are finding some form to pull clear of the relegation zone.