Late twist in the tale

EDGED OUT: Ash­ford slip to de­feat in a game that could have gone ei­ther way with 10 min­utes to play

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ASH­FORD slipped to de­feat at Gilling­ham An­cho­ri­ans in Kent 1 on Satur­day but with 10 min­utes to go it was a match that could have gone ei­ther way.

Ash­ford were trail­ing by just two points at that point but then An­cho­ri­ans snatched a penalty and an un­con­verted try to pro­duce a flat­ter­ing fi­nal score­line.

An­cho­ri­ans opened their ac­count when a break by flanker Dave Hadris cre­ated space for winger Adam Dav­i­son to score.

Ash­ford replied with an un­con­verted try of their own from Baker to bring the scores level but to­wards the end of the half, Dav­i­son scored his sec­ond try.

In the sec­ond half, An­cho­ri­ans had the ad­van­tage of the slope and Ash­ford’s cause wasn’t helped by a ref­eree who was keen to pick up on off­side at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

The re­sult was that Brett and Dun­can McKay were both sin binned for team of­fences be­fore full-back McKay re­ceived a red card in the clos­ing ex­changes.

How­ever, a penalty by JJ Mur­ray brought Ash­ford back into con­tention early in the sec­ond half and there was lit­tle to choose be­tween the sides for most of the half. But it was An­cho­ri­ans who had the last word with two late

scores.

ASH­FORD un­der-16s reached the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Kent Fes­ti­val on Sun­day.

Their open­ing game against Tun­bridge Wells ended in a 0-0 draw. Ash­ford won their sec­ond game against Brom­ley 5-0 af­ter fly half Adam Batt scored the only try.

They were then held to a 10-10 draw against Dart­for­dians in their third match be­fore go­ing on to beat Whit­stable 24-0.

This meant they earned them­selves a quar­ter-fi­nal play­off against favourites Black­heath. Ash­ford gave a good ac­count of them­selves as they went down to a 12-5 de­feat. Tom Collins scored their try.

ASH­FORD Ladies re­main in con­tention for the SE League ti­tle af­ter thrash­ing Beck­en­ham 60-5. The home side quickly took con­trol with Char­lotte Grimshaw go­ing over early on. Jules Teague added the ex­tras. Teague then scored a try be­fore adding the con­ver­sion. Fur­ther tries from Sarah Glasspool (2), Jen Clar­ing­bould and Emma Har­ris gave Ash­ford a 38-5 lead at half-time.

In the sec­ond half, Clar­ing­bould claimed her sec­ond try be­fore Teague ran an­other in.

Teague added both con­ver­sions be­fore go­ing on to com­plete her hat-trick. Winger Jack­son rounded off the scor­ing with two tries late on.

ASH­FORD un­der-17s suf­fered a 136 de­feat against Old Dart­for­dians.

The home side scored an early try which proved to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides. Dar­ryl Mills notched two penal­ties for Ash­ford but the home side replied with two of their own.

ASH­FORD’S un­der-13s avenged their 3-0 Oc­to­ber de­feat by Thanet Wan­der­ers with Satur­day’s 13-7 home suc­cess. Ash­ford took the lead through Matt Bland­ford and in­creased the lead just through a Bland­ford penalty.

Thanet replied with a try but Ash­ford broke through again through Bland­ford.

THE un­der-11s won one and lost two in Sun­day’s tri­an­gu­lar match against Thanet and Whit­stable.

They lost the first 3-1 to Thanet but won the sec­ond 2-0 to Ash­ford. The third was a re-match against Thanet and they lost 2-0.

Ash­ford look to pro­tect the ball against An­cho­ri­ans

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