Ladies power to a big win

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

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

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