Nottingham 12 Jersey 3921/09/2014
Jersey registered a fantastic win against Nottingham, their third in succession in the Championship, scoring five tries within the first hour to register their first league victory of 2014/15.
The result at Meadow Lane was a record-smashing one, with the 27-point margin way ahead of Jersey's best-ever at this level, the win by 10 points away at Bedford in April (although the Islanders couldn't quite exceed the 41 points scored that day). It was only Jersey's fourth try bonus point in 48 Championship outings, with two of those being gained in losing causes.
Jersey had a superb start, with just over a minute on the clock Tommy Bell made a good run and had the strength to force his way over, adding a conversion.
The penalty count went Nottingham's way in the first half and Will Maisey's fist two attempts got his side back in touch (6-7) before Bell struck again, this time with a kick over the home defence which the full-back gathered and raced over, landing another conversion.
Nick Haining's run and scoring pass to Drew Locke set up the Islanders' third try, although Bell missed a straightforward conversion, and two more Maisey penalties pulled his side back to 12-19. Bell was given two penalty shots of his own late in the half, missing the first but landing the second to make it 12-22 at the break.
Having scored after around a minute of the first half, Bell managed the same again after the restart, stroking over a kick from near the touchline.
Jersey moved clear just before the hour mark when Mark Foster barged over after good work by the forwards, and then the ball was fed wide for Nick Haining to touch down. Bell landed both conversions and the Islanders were 27 points clear.
Nottingham were arguably the stronger side in the closing stages, albeit that they were were out of sight. Jersey's main attention turned to keeping their try-line intact, and after some close shave this mission was accomplished, albeit for the loss of Ignacio Lancuba in added time when the prop was given a yellow card.
Bell was picked out by the BBC Radio Jersey commentary team as man-of-the-match, having also won this award in the match against Doncaster last weekend (pictured above with Nick Winsor of match sponsor HSBC).
by TOM INNES
Nottingham: Billy Robinson; Liam O'Neill, Ed
Styles, Joe Munro, Ryan Hough; Will Maisey, Sean Romans; Campese
Ma'afu, Shaun Malton, Michael Holford; Toby Freeman, Dan Montagu;
Tom Calladine, Brent Wilson (capt), Paul Grant.
Replacements: Conor Carey, Jon Vickers, Rupert Cooper, Matt Everard, Alex Smit, Jacob Knight, Corey Venus.
Jersey: Tommy Bell; Mark Foster (Grant Pointer 73), Drew Locke, Lewis Robling, Jack Burroughs; Jonny Bentley (Mark McCrea 51), Nicky Griffiths (Joel Dudley 72); Ignacio Lancuba (YC 79), Martin Garcia-Veiga (Gareth Harris 60), Harry Williams (Herriott 66); Pierce Phillips (Dave Markham 58), Alex Rae (capt); Nick Haining (Williams 82), Ryan Hodson, Michael Noone (Kaho 63).
Referee: Andrew Jackson (RFU)
Penalties: Maisey 4, 15, 25, 32
Tries: Bell 2, 17, Locke 19, Foster 55, Haining 58
Conversions: Bell 2, 17, 55, 58
Penalties: Bell 38, 42