Bur­den sparks avalanche

CON­VINC­ING VICTORY: Ash­ford pro­duce out­stand­ing sec­ond-half dis­play to over­whelm op­po­nents Ta­bles, re­sults, fix­tures

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Junior Football -

ASH­FORD sit third in Kent 1 af­ter a con­vnc­ing victory at strug­gling Askeans on Satur­day.

The vis­i­tors started slowly, con­ced­ing an early try, be­fore Steve Mace re­sponded with Ash­ford’s first try, con­verted by Karl Hard­ing.

De­spite the score, Ash­ford con­tin­ued to strug­gle and fell be­hind to a con­verted try. Billy Bright then pro­duced an­other Ash­ford re­ply, touch­ing down for the score to give the away side a 14-12 half-time lead.

The sec­ond half was com­pletely dif­fer­ent for Ash­ford, as they went on a scor­ing run.

Grant Bur­den scored two tries, Marama added an­other and Pete Walsh fin­ished the scor­ing.

Ash­ford are among a five-strong pack of clubs two points be­hind leaders Med­way and on Satur­day they en­ter­tain Dart­for­dians, who have three wins from their six matches .

Ball, Nor­man, Wil­liams, Body, Drewett, Lakin, Bushell, Fearne, Bright, Hard­ing, Walsh, Marama, Bur­den, Mace, McKay, Vava­sour, Wain­house, Kinkade.

ASH­FORD Un­der-17s lost 19-3 at home to Ayles­ford, a match in which they led for an ex­tended pe­riod.

James Daugh­trey’s early penalty sep­a­rated the sides un­til the sec­ond half, when Ayles­ford came roar­ing back with three tries, two of which were con­verted.

This week the youngsters play host to Dover.

ASH­FORD un­der-13s lost a close East Kent Cup tie against Thanet Wan­der­ers, 3-0.

Ash­ford dom­i­nated the scrums and Thanet the li­ne­outs as the sides went into half-time level.

De­spite Thanet go­ing down to 14 play­ers early in the sec­ond half, Ash­ford couldn’t take ad­van­tage, and Thanet con­verted a penalty to seal their pas­sage to the sec­ond round.

IN A hastily-ar­ranged friendly, Ash­ford Ladies went down 15-7 to New Ash Green.

Try­ing out some new play­ers and ex­per­i­ment­ing with play­ers in other po­si­tions, Ash­ford were soon be­hind 5-0.

It be­came 10-0 when New Ash scored a sec­ond try but the vis­i­tors did not give up and were re­warded when prop Liz Crew scored her sec­ond try of the sea­son, con­verted by Denika Ken­dall.

The home side scored again be­fore the end, in a game which sets up nicely this week­end’s league game be­tween the sides at Kin­ney’s Field.

ASH­FORD Un­der-9s re­turned from the 26th Thur­rock Fes­ti­val as Plate win­ners, with the side go­ing un­de­feated in five games.

The youngsters be­gan with a 100 win over Up­per Clap­ton, be­fore go­ing one bet­ter against Brain­tree in their next pool game, winning 15-0.

A fur­ther victory, 25-5 against Wanstead, set up the fi­nal pool match against Up­min­ster, with the win­ner set to take their place in the fi­nal.

Un­for­tu­nately the game fin­ished in a 0-0 draw, mean­ing the Es­sex side pro­gressed on try dif­fer­ence.

Ash­ford made up for the dis­ap­point­ment by winning the Plate fi­nal 20-5 against Stan­ford Le Hope.

Ash­ford un­der-9s, with their sil­ver­ware from the Thur­rock Fes­ti­val where they won the plate

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