Leaders in­flict heavy loss

AWAY DE­FEAT: Ash­ford fail to get on the score­board as Kent 1’s cham­pi­ons elect turn the screw

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

ASH­FORD were on the re­ceiv­ing end of a Med­way back­lash on Satur­day, as they were ham­mered 58-0 by the Kent 1 leaders at Pri­est­fields.

Against a team still reel­ing from a home de­feat to Sit­ting­bourne the week be­fore, the vis­i­tors’ hopes of get­ting any­thing from the game van­ished in­side the open­ing 40 min­utes as the cham­pi­ons-elect ran in six tries for a 34-0 lead at the half.

To their credit, Ash­ford came out fight­ing in the sec­ond half, led by cap­tain John Nor­man, who with fel­low for­wards Joe Lakin and Owen Piper con­tin­ued to bat­tle. JJ and Liam Mur­ray were also a threat from the back divi­sion, helped by the strong run­ning of Peter Walsh.

They could have scored points, but re­jected easy penal­ties in an at­tempt to claw back some of Med­way’s lead via tries. This tac­tic didn’t re­sult in a sin­gle point be­ing scored, how­ever, and the home side went on to reg­is­ter 24 sec­ond­half points, in­clud­ing four more tries.

This Satur­day, Ash­ford travel to al­readyrel­e­gated Shep­pey.

Pic­ture: Peter Still pd1555220

Ash­ford ready to pass the ball out af­ter a scrum against Med­way

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