Cup of foe is sea­son opener

Rugby

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ash­ford start the new rugby sea­son with a Kent Cup first-round clash against old ri­vals Folke­stone.

New cap­tain Rhys Fun­nell’s side are in good shape for Satur­day’s home tie af­ter a 42-13 friendly suc­cess against Shep­pey last week­end.

The skip­per scored twice, with Joe Lakin, Dan Brown, Ben Cooper and Chris Finch also cross­ing the try-line.

Ash­ford play a league above Folke­stone in Lon­don 2 South East but Fus­sell is tak­ing noth­ing for granted.

He said: “We want to get a good win be­fore the league starts and we’ll have a strong squad out on Satur­day.

“Folke­stone are in the league be­low but we were to­gether in Lon­don 3 South East a few years ago and the lo­cal ri­valry means it’s al­ways a tough fix­ture.

“It’s un­usual to start the sea­son with a cup game but it’s a good one to get the boys ex­cited.

“It ups the stakes be­ing against Folke­stone and the Kent Cup is a com­pe­ti­tion we want to do well in.”

Fus­sell be­lieves there’s a to­geth­er­ness about Ash­ford go­ing into the new cam­paign.

He said: “The play­ers are pos­i­tive and the at­ti­tude is good. We’re a tight-knit group. We’ve been train­ing hard and look­ing for­ward to the sea­son.”

Ash­ford open their league cam­paign at Old Colfeians on Septem­ber 19.

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