Injury-hit youth team battle through to semis
ASHFORD hosted the county’s under-16 10-a-side tournament.
There was no let-up to the injury nightmare for the home side as coaches managed to enter only 15 available or fit players out of a possible full entry of 16.
Ashford did well to get into the semi-finals where they met an excellent Aylesford side who beat them 38-7 with Ashford’s points coming from a Charlie Williams try.
In their first pool match a fine late try from Adam Batt gave them a narrow 12-10 win over Old Gravesendians in a contest that could have gone either way.
Patrick Macenri found a hole to sprint in and open the scoring, with Ashford adding the conversion.
Next Ashford played Gravesend and looked in control from the start. Slick handling, good rucking and fine angles cut holes in the visitors’ defence resulting in four tries for Batt and one for Harry Atkins, four conversions by Rory Beech and another by Batt in a 35-0 win.
But in their next match Ashford crashed 21-0 to Medway and only edged the clash with Bromley 19-17 with tries from Atkins, Jenner and Beech.