Dougall look­ing for even more con­sis­tency from lead­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Gre­gor Dougall says con­sis­tency and con­cen­tra­tion are two ar­eas Ash­ford want to im­prove on as they pre­pare to re­sume their Lon­don 3 South East ti­tle chal­lenge against Dart­for­dians at Kin­neys Field on Satur­day. The lead­ers, four points clear of sec­ond-placed Thanet Wan­der­ers, take on op­po­nents who head coach Dougall (pic­tured) be­lieves are the most im­proved team in the league this sea­son. He said: “We were lucky to play them early in the sea­son and came away with a close 24-22 vic­tory in Septem­ber. “They have de­vel­oped as a side since then and are a well drilled out­fit, who will test us.” Re­flect­ing on Ash­ford’s rise to the top, Dougall added: “We are look­ing to be more con­sis­tent be­cause there have been patches in games when we haven’t played the at­trac­tive rugby we know we can. “The play­ers them­selves iden­ti­fied that and the abil­ity to con­cen­trate for 80 min­utes as ar­eas where they want to do bet­ter, which makes the good play­ers they are, very good.” Jake Fletcher and James Fitz­patrick both miss the game af­ter be­ing sent-off fol­low­ing a bust-up late in the 22-8 win at Folke­stone last month. Fitz­patrick has pleaded guilty to the of­fence and Fletcher not guilty, ahead of a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

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