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Westcombe Park survive drop on final day

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Westcombe Park have beaten Canterbury to survival in National League Two South on the final day of the season.

Knowing the losers would be relegated, Westcombe Park beat Canterbury 25-18 to stay up, sending their opponents down.

Combe coach Simon Jervis told BBC Radio Kent: "Nobody gave us too much hope from Christmas but it's no more than the players deserve."

Elsewhere the Kent county side started their campaign with a 33-26 defeat to Gloucestershire.

The victory for Westcombe Park leaves them as Kent's only side in National Two South, while Canterbury will face Gravesend and Tonbridge Juddians in National League Three South East.

Jervis added: "We were behind again today [8-7] but with Canterbury's ground it's a game of two halves. If you can keep them in touching distance at half-time playing up the hill, it's game on.

"We were behind again in the second half, but we had the momentum and got two tries at the end."

Jervis says although the league they would have dropped into is named National League Three South East, it is not regarded as a national league.

"Since the leagues were restructured it is still basically London League One." he said. "It means a lot in terms of attracting players. That's where good players want to play."

Jervis admitted there was a fear that had they been relegated, some of Westcombe Park's best players may have played their last game for the club.

He said: "You can't count out the fact that players want to play at the highest level, if you can't do that with one club, you might want to do that with another. But I'm not in a position of having to talk about that because we stayed up."

The Kent county side have given themselves a lot of work to do after losing their first game. They were beaten 33-26 by Gloucestershire and now face Hertfordshire at Westcombe Park and Cornwall at Canterbury needing two wins to reach the final.



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