Youngsters miss out in trophy final
ASHFORD Under-nines fell just short in the East Kent Festival at Canterbury on Sunday finishing runners-up.
They had high hopes, having been unbeatable so far this season, but in a repeat of last year’s final they again met Canterbury who took the trophy by two tries to nil.
Both teams went into the final unbeaten and the game developed into a ferocious forward battle as the sides matched each other tackle for tackle with no quarter given.
But Ashford allowed themselves to be distracted after a high tackle incident to allow the hosts to run in tries either side of the half-time break.
In the end Canterbury had just a little more finesse in the backs.
Ashford opened with a fine 20-0 win against Folkestone with Ross Bryan and Henry Davies scoring fine individual tries.
The second game saw a win over a much-improved Sittingbourne but good play by Max Wright and Mathew Burns saw the half back pairing of Dan Beale and Adam Kelsey each run in a try with centre Henry Pelling Smith completing the scoring.
They came from behind to beat Thanet 10-5 in a scrappy third pool game and then ran in five unanswered tries against Ash with a try for Harvard Fitzmaurice and Owen Churn Mills taking his tally to four tries with a brace of scoring efforts.
Ashford Undernines were runners-up at the East Kent Festival on Sunday