Shield de­feat fol­lows bright start

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Joe Lakin was sent off as Ash­ford went out of the Shep­herd Neame Kent Shield to Folke­stone.

He was dis­missed for an off-the-ball in­ci­dent with his side lead­ing 12-10 in Satur­day’s first-round tie.

Folke­stone, who play a di­vi­sion be­low in Lon­don 3 South East, took ad­van­tage of the ex­tra man to reach round two.

Ash­ford cap­tain Rhys Fus­sell said: “It was dif­fi­cult to lose at home in the first round of the cup to our lo­cal ri­vals but these things hap­pen.

“The boys played well but it was tough go­ing down to 14 men.

“I didn’t see what hap­pened with the red card but we were 12-10 up at the time.

“I don’t think we can blame that one in­ci­dent for los­ing. A bit of in­dis­ci­pline in gen­eral was the rea­son we lost.”

Ash­ford trailed to an early penalty but went 7-3 up through a classy try from Peter Walsh, con­verted by Henry Hall.

Folke­stone were pun­ished for a mis­take af­ter the break as Shane Red­man crossed the line for a nine-point cush­ion.

A con­verted try gave Folke­stone hope and they com­pleted the come­back with another seven points in in­jury time. ASH­FORD FOLKE­STONE

Fus­sell said: “It’s a game we could have won. We were bril­liant in open play but Folke­stone beat us up front and we didn’t take our chances when they came along.”

Ash­ford are in In­ter­me­di­ate Cup first round ac­tion at Hor­sham on Satur­day and open their league cam­paign at Old Colfeians on Septem­ber 19.

Fus­sell said: “We’re pleased to have another cup game be­fore the league starts. It will be good to get another 80 min­utes and I’ve got faith we’ll bounce back.”

‘We were bril­liant in open play but Folke­stone

beat us up front’

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3999367

Pete Walsh goes over for Ash­ford’s open­ing try

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