Young side show their bat­tling qual­i­ties

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Rugby -

An in­ex­pe­ri­enced Ash­ford 2nds XV pro­duced a spr­ited se­cond-half fight­back in the 22-13 Shep­herd Neame Premier 2 East de­feat at Ayles­ford Bulls. Field­ing a side in­clud­ing many un­der-18s, they trailed 22-3 at one stage, be­fore tries by Ol­lie Gray and Jack Bur­don re­duced the deficit. Ash­ford failed to add to their tally but can take a lot of heart from their per­for­mance against op­po­si­tion con­tain­ing sev­eral 1st XV play­ers. Ash­ford con­ceded two early tries, both re­sult­ing from drives off line-outs. They grad­u­ally set­tled into the game, camp­ing in home ter­ri­tory for much of the first half, their only re­ward be­ing a Gray penalty, leav­ing them 10-3 down at the break. Max Jor­dan scored a hat­trick of tries as Ash­ford 3rds beat Snow­down 2nds 43-7 in Dragon Fire 4 East at Kin­neys Field.

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