Sec­ond-half sham spells more de­feat

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

ASH­FORD’S poor form in Kent 1 con­tin­ued on Satur­day as they let slip a 21-3 half-time lead against Old Ola­vians at Kin­neys Field on Satur­day.

The de­feat was the fourth in a row for John Nor­man’s side and left them in the bot­tom five of the ta­ble ahead of Satur­day’s trip to Erith.

ASH­FORD Un­der-17s pipped their Gravesend coun­ter­parts 13-7 in a fre­quently badtem­pered clash thanks to sec­ond half-tries from Toby Hodges and Vic Horne.

Al­though the first half didn’t pro­duce any points it was far from dull as the two sides showed plenty of com­mit­ment, with a player from each team be­ing yel­low carded.

Ash­ford soon took the lead in the sec­ond half through an un­con­verted try from Toby Hodges, and then James Daugh­trey kicked an ex­cel­lent long-range penalty for 8-0.

Gravesend hit back strongly and scored a fine con­verted try un­der the posts to re­duce the deficit to 8-7. The next score would be vi­tal and it went to Ash­ford when, from a line-out near the Gravesend 22, Horne was driven all the way over the line for an un­con­verted try.

That put Ash­ford 13-7 up, but they then had to re­buff sev­eral promis­ing at­tacks from Gravesend be­fore be­ing able to cel­e­brate a hard-fought victory.

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