Ladies power to a big win
Ashford Ladies 58, Footscray 5 IN THEIR second League encounter of what should prove to be a very exciting and interesting season, Ashford Rugby Club’s Ladies produced some excellent flowing rugby to completely demolish their North Kent rivals.
From the kick-off, Ashford swept forward and scored two quick tries by winger Alison Holden and centre Jen Claringbould, both converted by Denika Kendall.
It seemed as if this was to set the pattern for the rest of the game but, as the home side relaxed they allowed Footscray to gain some territorial advantage from which they engineered a fine try.
Ashford then took their game up another gear and, with the forwards in rampaging mood, put together some speedy moves, with quick hands and deft offloads.
It wasn’t long before Holden got her second try of the match, followed by the best try of the game, scored by skipper Carolyn McVittie, who supported well as the forwards ploughed through a dogged but tiring defence.
Two further tries from Barbara Watson, playing her first game at No8, and fly-half Kendall took the half-time score to 34-5.
Although Footscray never gave up and fought tooth and nail all the way, they were second-best in almost every aspect of the game and further scores from Claringbould (2), prop Lix Crew (3) and scrum-half Ollie Jones ended the game as a contest, with Kendall adding two more excellent kicks at goal.
Ashford U16s 32, Sheppey U16s 7 ASHFORD proved too strong for Sheppey at Kinney’s Field in wet and windy conditions.
The had to come from behind but after regaining their composure dominated in Sheppey’s half.
Louis Burdon finished well to get Ashford back in the game and good backline play saw wing Glen Caton use the overlap to score a second.
Errors and penalties in the deteriorating conditions saw Ashford go further ahead with a kick from Adam Batt and then Batt sprinted the length of the pitch to touch down and press home the Ashford advantage.
Caton recovered a loose midfield ball and then loose forward and player of the week, George Morgan dived over for Ashford’s final try with Batt again adding the conversion.
Jenny Claringbould drives for the line