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By Adam Hookway

A convincing win at Colchester saw Tonbridge Juddians move up the National League Three league to occupy third place.

Their hosts had yet to secure a win and TJs, confident after their narrow win over Tunbridge Wells in the Kent Cup, quickly asserted themselves.

Tries from Ben Ashmore, Tom Nicoll (two) and Richie Bent, plus three conversions from Liam Prescott, gave TJs a 29-6 lead at the break.

The second half followed the same pattern of dominance as James Copsey, Dave Irvine and Hugo Watson all crossed for tries, with Prescott adding three conversions.

Late yellow cards for Richie Nauer and Steve Nelli did, however, lead to a penalty try for Colchester.

Pete Dankert, TJ’s Head Coach, said: “We were really pleased to have got another bonus point win under our belts at Colchester today.

“Every game is as tough as the last and the squad is having to dig deep, so to have the ‘twos’ putting in such a positive shift [they beat Dorking 55-10] we know the pool of players we can call on is up to the task with more tough games to come.”

TJs now welcome Chichester to The Slade on Saturday.

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