Fix­ture de­ci­sion im­mi­nent

HOME DERBY WITH AN­CHO­RI­ANS POST­PONED AT ELEVENTH HOUR AF­TER REF­EREE FAILS TO TURN UP

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

ASH­FORD Rugby Club say they are dis­ap­pointed Satur­day’s Kent 1 home game against Gilling­ham An­cho­ri­ans was can­celled at the last minute fol­low­ing the non-ar­rival of the match ref­eree.

Con­fu­sion sur­rounded his ab­sence with the home side ar­rang­ing for a Level Nine of­fi­cial at­tached to the club to take charge at short no­tice.

Anchs agreed to play a friendly, but re­fused to play the league match.

The mat­ter is now in the hands of the Lon­don Divi­sion, who run Kent 1.

Sec­re­tary John Car­ley said: “I hope to make a de­ci­sion be­fore the end of the week. I am wait­ing for let­ters from the ref­eree and Ash­ford, but I don’t think Gilling­ham An­cho­ri­ans have done any­thing wrong at all.”

Ash­ford skip­per Pete Walsh said: “I can un­der­stand Anchs’ feel­ings, but it’s just dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we had in­vited 30 vice-pres­i­dents to a pre-match lunch.

“Our play­ers were also up­set we didn’t play, and there were a few choice words in the dress­ing room af­ter­wards.”

The 2nds and 3rds’ matches were both called off due to wa­ter­logged pitches, while the 4ths were also without a game as the op­po­si­tion failed to raise a side.

Mean­while the club’s un­der-14s formed a guard of hon­our for the Guin­ness Premier­ship match be­tween Sara­cens and Bath.

Ash­ford also aim to or­gan­ise a celebrity tag rugby match in March.

They hope to in­volve some big-name celebri­ties.

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