Sterling effort by youngsters
Ashford U19s 8, Saracens 8 ASHFORD UNDER-19s were at home to Saracens in the first round of the national colts cup and gave a sterling display before exiting on the away team ruling.
This is the first time that Ashford had entered this competition. Saracens have good form, having won it and been runnersup in recent years.
The game was played in front of a very large crowd and Ashford were not fazed by the reputation of their opposition and took the game to them from the start.
Both sides were well matched but with indiscipline from both sides setting in through frustration, Ashford had a player sin binned then gave away a penalty which the visitors took and took a 3-0 lead a minute from half-time.
Ashford had a second player yellow carded and had to play eight minutes of the second half with only 13 players on the field.
They defended brilliantly and when Ashford were full strength, Will Alkin picked the ball up in his 22 and ran through the opposition to set Chris Menon up for the first try of the match and Ashford found themselves with a tight 5–3 lead after 16 minutes of the second half.
Ashford gave away a penalty on the five-metre line and were unable to stop Saracens breaking through to take the lead back 8–5.
However, the Ashford lads continued to dominate and were awarded a penalty which Jonathan Murray kick to bring the scores level at 8–8.
Both sides were now tiring but Ashford had the upper hand and were awarded another penalty right on the stroke of full time which was unfortunately missed. The referee blew for full time and the game was tied.
Due to the under-19s rules, the game was awarded to Saracens for being the away team and hearts were broken, although Saracens appreciated that they had been in a well fought game and were somewhat lucky to go home with the win.
The whole squad played for each other and can hold their heads high as the progress to the plate competition