Teddington pull off the greatest escape

Croydon Guardian: Relieved: Teddington's Giselle Mather hailed her boys and backroom team after avoiding the drop Relieved: Teddington's Giselle Mather hailed her boys and backroom team after avoiding the drop

Teddington head coach Giselle Mather dubbed her side’s final day London Division Two South West relegation escape as the greatest after watching them thump Effingham & Leatherhead 39-15 on Saturday.

It meant back-to-back bonus point wins, after last weekend's triumph over Guildford, saved their bacon as the win saw them leap-frog neighbours Twickenham, who were condemned to the drop after a heavy defeat to Wimbledon.

Mather’s men, who have seen 12 players require surgery this season, have been dogged by injuries all term and had lopoked relegation certainties until their late revival.

“The win was the greatest escape,” she said.

“We had to get 10 points in 10 and we did it, and did it in some style. We scored six tries and controlled the game.

“I do think we’re at the right level. We’ve had so many injuries this year and it’s a credit to the boys that they’ve stayed up.”

Teddington had enjoyed an incredible 62-game winning streak to claim two league titles and two National Cup crowns prior to this term.

Mather was proud of her players, but she recognised the behind-the-scenes work that saw the club through.

“Aileen Kilshaw, our physio, is probably the hardest working physio ever,” she added.

“And chairman Gareth Cross, had to do the jobs no one else could without them we’d have been relegated.”

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