Boys are off to an excellent start
ASHFORD Under-nines hosted Maidstone for their first competitive game of the season and got off to a winning 10-0 start.
The A team captained by Mathew Burns had a forward battle in the first half.
However, as the half-time whistle approached scrumhalf Dan Beale fed flyhalf Adam Kelsey and he threw a glorious long pass out to winger and man of the match Owen Church Mills who ran the full length of the pitch to set up Ross Bryan taking it on for the opening try.
Maidstone started to throw caution to the wind and run the ball which played into Ashford’s hands and resulted in a fine forwards drive with Max Wright ably assisted by Rory Gillies Jones and Jo Scott going over for a second try and 10-0 win.
Ashford B (Saxons) had several players either already in or pushing for a place in the A squad for the forthcoming festivals.
The relentless pressure eventually told with prop Billy Rumery driving over from short distance for a trademark try.
The rest of the pack consisting of Toby Perry who tackled excellently throughout the match and new boys Jason Cragg and Eddie totally dominated the game, and as the 1st half ended they once again drove Rumery over the line for a second try.
Ashford used the backs more and ran in two more tries for a 20-0 success with fine link play from scrumhalf Henry Davies and Jamie Rollings, ably supported by Jack Richards, John Stiffell and promising newcomer Ben Maxwell.
A third game was played with teams from Ashford’s development squad playing each other and Jasper Kofkin and Rhys Drakeley standing out.
Any new players wishing to join the squad should contact Ian Kelsey on 07875 375181.