Rugby skip­per slams de­sire

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

ASH­FORD rugby skip­per John Nor­man ac­cused his play­ers of lack­ing de­sire, be­fore launch­ing a sep­a­rate at­tack on the play­ers that cried off, af­ter the 47-6 de­feat at Erith on Satur­day. The de­feat was Ash­ford’s fifth in a row and leaves them sit­ting ninth in Kent 1, with a real dan­ger of rel­e­ga­tion to Kent 2. “The Ash­ford side on the day must shoul­der a lot of the blame for the poor per­for­mance,” said Nor­man. “It lacked not only ba­sic rugby skills but more im­por­tantly it lacked spirit, heart and de­sire. “I also feel that some of the re­spon­si­bil­ity must lie with the team mem­bers who, for var­i­ous rea­sons, were not avail­able to travel to Erith for the game. “All play­ers need to un­der­stand how hard this makes things and gives the club no chance to progress and gain con­fi­dence and league points. “Many thanks go to all the regulars that train and play week in, week out. This is the only way for­ward.” Ash­ford have signed-up Martin Kelly and Richard Reeves to help club coach Tony Ken­dall as they look to turn their for­tunes around.

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