from ROGER OPIE
Referee: Shane Lewis
The first meeting between these two clubs produced some lively exchanges with free flowing rugby across the full width of the pitch. For much of the first half Clifton held the territorial advantage and their scrum was the more dominant. For them it proved unfortunate that pressure did not create more points.
However a long break by the visitors resulted in number 8 Ben Ashmore powering over with Nathan Holmes converting. Clifton responded immediately with winger Harry Butland crossing out wide and Brad Barnes converted. With the scores locked together a Clifton infringement allowed Holmes to nudge his team ahead with a penalty just before the interval.
The TJs started the second half strongly with their pack showing improved power. Centre Duncan Tout was the inspiration behind several attacks and exerted a strong influence on his team . Richie Bent crossed for Holmes to convert but Clifton again came back when following a catch and drive a switch move gave Callum Roberts the opportunity to weave his way over the line with Barnes converting.
A poor Clifton pass launched a Tonbridge attack and Will Ward went over with Holmes again converting. The resolute visiting defence and ever increasing forward power thwarted Clifton’s attempts to get back into the game.
The match concluded Clifton Rugby 14 Tonbridge Juddians 24
Tries Butland  Roberts 
Conversions Barnes [ 23 & 51]
Tries Ashmore  Bent  Ward 
Conversions Holmes [20, 46 & 55]
Penalties Holmes 
Updated 13:59 - 20 Sep 2017 by Sam Harrison