BACK DOWN TO EARTH: Re-shuffled squad fails to build on previous result as players struggle to cope
IT WAS a case of “after the Lord Mayor’s Show” for Ashford on Saturday as they slumped to a 200 defeat at Dartfordians in Kent 1.
Following their superb performance against Old Gravesendians the previous week, they took to the field at Dartford with a team showing no less than eight player and positional changes.
However, they started the game reasonably well but then had to defend their own line for several minutes before conceding a penalty that Tony Mead converted.
Ashford worked hard again to gain field position and some good running in the back line nearly saw them score in the corner, only for the last pass to be intercepted by Dartfordians’ Dan Phillips, who ran virtually the full length of the pitch to score under the posts.
Mead converted to give Dartfordians a 10-0 interval lead.
From the restart Ashford again got some good momentum going and JJ Murray scored a superb solo effort, only for the referee to disallow the try and award the scrum ball to Dartfordians.
Ashford then struggled to find any consistent good ball and had to defend for long periods against a heavy opposition pack.
The pressure finally told when Mead started a superb Dartfordians move which ended with Tom Hoey scoring wide out on the right, and then Phillips completed the tally with his second try.
Despite the final score there were encouraging performances from some of the Ashford youngsters.
Louis Stimpson showed good strength and determination in turning over several opposition balls, Chris Baker tackled well and James Fearne produced a strong performance. ASHFORD Ladies warmed up for forthcoming league fixtures with a 3812 defeat of depleted Romford, who arrived minus several players for the friendly.
Ashford took the lead through a Liz Crew try that Denika Kendall converted. Barbara Watson added a try that Kendall converted to make the half-time score 14-0.
Full-back Jules Teague rounded off a long run from her own half with a try and Charlotte Grimshaw added another. Scrum-half Ollie Jones scored a try round the open side of a scrum which Kendall converted before Teague scored again, with the conversion kick from the D hitting the woodwork before going over to claim the final two points.
The side return to league action this weekend when Beckenham are the visitors. Tom Murray of Folkestone 3rds looks to get the ball moving during Saturday’s win against Deal and Betteshanger 3rd