Ster­ling ef­fort by youngsters

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

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

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