Ash­ford out­classed

BACK DOWN TO EARTH: Re-shuf­fled squad fails to build on pre­vi­ous re­sult as play­ers strug­gle to cope

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

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

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