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
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
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