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