Ash­ford lads held by Stones

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

Ash­ford U17s 12, Folk­stone 10 DE­SPITE re­cent de­feats, to su­pe­rior clubs, the Ash­ford lads were in con­fi­dent mood last Sun­day as they en­ter­tained lo­cal ri­vals Folk­stone, with most of the squad avail­able for se­lec­tion. Sadly, this game turned out to be a very frus­trat­ing en­counter as the Ash­ford lads strug­gled to put to­gether any co­he­sive moves in a first half which saw a much bet­ter or­gan­ised vis­it­ing side score two fine tries and con­stantly rob the ball from Ash­ford for­wards and backs alike. So su­pe­rior were they that it seemed victory was im­pos­si­ble. How­ever, the sec­ond half was bet­ter as Nico Sh­ef­ford and Brian Cowie scored ex­cel­lent tries and with one of the con­ver­sion at­tempts prov­ing suc­cess­ful, it was Ash­ford who snatched the win from the jaws of de­feat. Cowie was in ex­cel­lent form when he came on as a sub­sti­tute as did Shaun Wool­ford, Conor Cash­more and Martin Slan. Ball re­ten­tion must be a pri­or­ity for Thurs­day night’s train­ing ses­sion be­fore they tackle Ayles­ford at home this Sun­day. Last week Ash­ford went down heav­ily 53-0 to an ex­cel­lent West­combe Park side. Al­though the score­line sug­gests a very one-sided game, the Ash­ford lads, with a de­pleted side, showed real courage and con­vic­tion against the Na­tional League club. The Park ran in six unan­swered tries to show why they are favourites to win the league but Ash­ford fought man­fully for the ball in ev­ery scrum, li­ne­out, ruck and maul. More rugby re­ports on page 59

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