Rugby: Doherty leads fightback but brave Tunbridge Wells end up just short

Pam Mills

AFTER three wins on the bounce Wells played host to Hertford in what proved another entertaining encounter.

Hertford counter-attacked from a turnover and went the length of the field to score under the posts through centre Richard Streets after just two minutes, Sean Taylor converting.

After conceding a penalty, Wells responded through the industry of player coach Dave Allen and after 18 minutes Mac Popham dived over.

Ryan Taylor-Dennehy, standing in at fly-half for the injured Frank Reynolds, added the extras.

A penalty slotted by each side left the score at 13-10 to the visitors at half-time. Taylor-Dennehy added another kick on 50 minutes to draw level.

Hertford enjoyed a 10-minute spell when they opened up what appeared to be an unassailable lead as the home defensive line went missing.

On 58 minutes Hertford centre Aaron Lowe took advantage of a three-man overlap on the left with Taylor kicking the goal points.

Four minutes later the away team got around the back of the Wells line again with fly-half Ben Lloyd scoring an unconverted try.

Taylor rounded off a three-try assault on 67 minutes with a mazy run to the posts and a conversion of his own try to take the score to 13-32.

But this Wells side never lies down and No 8 Nick Doherty surged through the middle to dive over on 72 minutes.

Spurred on further by a yellow card for the visitors, centre Shadyn Osgood charged down the right touchline and put in a perfect reverse pass to Ollie Allman, who dived over in the corner to make it 23-32.

A win suddenly looked possible and on 82 minutes Nick Doherty rounded off good team handling effort to dive over under the posts for his second score.

Taylor-Dennehy added the conversion to reduce the deficit to two points, but Wells had to settle for a try bonus for the sixth time this season.

A losing bonus point for being within seven points allowed them to retain sixth place in the London & South-East Premier while Hertford stayed in fourth.

On Saturday [November 4] Tunbridge Wells travel to Dorking when they hope to have stand-off Reynolds back in action [kick-off 3pm].

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