Due to still playing catch-up with fixtures, this game was a double header. The first half was game one and the second half was game two, both played at the Marine Travel ground. This was last game at home for the Pilgrims this season.
With 8 changes from last week, a week where only a handful of pilgrims trained, and the Coach Alex Veale having to bail the squad out with late call ups of some very good UKC players, one was not sure how things would pan out!
Tunbridge Well travelled with only 15, but started well and it was some time before the Pilgrims got into the visitors half! The visitors then went down to 14 players due to injury, but things were not going the way of the Home side otherwise. Eventually Weaver, who scored three tries last week, got over to break the deadlock, Hilton missed the kick. Demi Kuteyi went off with an injury and Alex Williams came on.
On the half hour mark Pilgrims won a line out and passed along the line for Tom Guest to go over and score, Hilton converted and the home side were 12-0 up. Tyler Oliver made a break and slipped the ball to Izaac Timms to score an unconverted try, 17-0. Williams off and Kuteyi back on, and then James Paton-Smith, making a rare appearance ran in a very good try, Hilton converted. T.W. then scored a try, but hit the post with the kick and at half –time the score was 24-5 to the Pilgrims, game one won!
Canterbury dropped to 14 players. Tyler Oliver went over early to score, with Hilton now off injured, Meads took over the kicking, and scored 31-5. Good work by Gill, Sams and Timms put Townley away for a great team try!, not converted by Meads this time!
Man of the man, Alex Meads then went on an amazing solo run, offering passes, dummies, side-steps and then eventually a wrap round pass to Jordan Knight to score his first try for the club on his debut, 43-5.
Tunbridge Wells would not lie down and after some good possession scored an unconverted try, 43-10. Meads then went on another run, this time he went all the way to score and convert, 50-10. Alex Williams was then given his first try, unconverted 55-10. Demi Kuteyi, who played most of the second half at scrum-half was handed a try after good work from Cameron Townley, who had a excellent game. 60-10, But it was the Visitors who had the final say, with their third try. The game ended 60-15, the second half score being 36-10. Game two won.
Next week the Pilgrims travel to Old Elthamians and if they are to win the league, must still keep winning!