In­jury-hit youth team bat­tle through to semis

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

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.

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