Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Www.kentonline.co.uk/sport -

Rhys Fus­sell could be out of ac­tion for at least a month af­ter suf­fer­ing a dis­lo­cated shoul­der dur­ing Ash­ford Rugby Club’s 19-17 Lon­don 3 South East de­feat at Hor­sham on Satur­day. The Kin­neys Field full-back, son of for­mer club coach Dai, sus­tained the in­jury in the first half, but played on and fin­ished the game, be­fore a trip to hos­pi­tal the fol­low­ing morn­ing con­firmed the full ex­tent of the in­jury. Head coach Gre­gor Dougall said: “It popped in and out dur­ing the game, and to think he played al­most the whole game like that is just in­cred­i­ble.” Dougall be­lieves the two-point re­verse in West Sus­sex was another learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for his young side, but praised them for re­cov­er­ing so well from a slug­gish start. He added: “We spent two hours on the bus get­ting there, and the boys aren’t used to jour­neys like that. “We gave them the first 16 points, but the boys came back well, went one point ahead, cre­at­ing loads of chances, and could have won it at the end.” Hor­sham’s fi­nal points came from what Dougall de­scribed as a “rather du­bi­ous” penalty award, only for Gary Crox­ton to miss a match-win­ning penalty at the death, but the coach ad­mit­ted: “It shouldn’t have come down to one kick. We didn’t keep our stan­dards for the first 30 min­utes and suf­fered for it.” Mean­while the Kent RFU were due to hold a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing last night (Wed­nes­day), into the dou­ble send­ing-off of Ash­ford pair Jake Fletcher and James Fitz­patrick in the 22-8 win at Folke­stone last month. Fitz­patrick pleaded guilty and Fletcher not guilty. De­feat at Hor­sham saw Ash­ford lose top spot to Thanet Wan­der­ers who now head the ta­ble by a point. Ash­ford are with­out a league game this weekend but en­ter­tain Uck­field on Satur­day, Jan­uary 25.

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