Win­less Ash­ford in last chance sa­loon

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PW D L F A Ps Sevenoaks .... 15 14 0 1 577 144 67 Tun Wells...... 14 14 0 0 515 146 65 Dart­for­dians.. 15 10 0 5 372 241 48 Hor­sham ....... 15 8 0 7 405 325 45 Deal/Bettes ... 15 10 0 5 249 219 44 Beck­en­ham .. 15 9 0 6 286 211 43 O Colfeians ... 15 6 0 9 235 310 30 O Al­ley­ni­ans.. 15 5 0 10 242 376 26 Hove ............. 14 4 1 9 245 408 25 Crow­boro ...... 13 3 1 9 151 265 18 Thanet Wdrs . 15 4 0 11 166 386 17 Ash­ford ......... 15 0 0 15 107 519 5 Ash­ford v Crow­bor­ough, Dart­for­dians v Old Al­ley­ni­ans, Hove v Deal & Bette­shanger, Old Colfeians v Tun­bridge Wells, Sevenoaks v Hor­sham, Thanet Wan­der­ers v Beck­en­ham. Skip­per Rhys Fus­sell has ad­mit­ted it’s a must-win game against Crow­bor­ough on Satur­day if Ash­ford are to avoid a re­turn to lon­don South East 3 next sea­son.

The win­less Kin­neys Field team had hoped to use Satur­day’s Kent Plate tie at Can­ter­bury 2nds as a spring­board to build con­fi­dence and mo­men­tum ahead of host­ing the third-bot­tom side from East Sus­sex this week­end.

But it was not to be, with three play­ers in­jured in­side the open­ing half-hour, then Shane Red­man sent off in a 43-7 de­feat at Marine Travel Ground, Mer­ton lane.

Ash­ford start Satur­day’s game 13 points adrift of their op­po­nents and Fus­sell said: “It’s a huge game, we won’t be math­e­mat­i­cally down if we lose but all know the harsh re­al­ity is that noth­ing less than a win will do.”

“We are hold­ing a vice-pres­i­dents’ lunch be­fore the match, so will have great sup­port as usual and want to make sure they go away with a smile on their faces.”

Try scorer Dan Brown suf­fered a dis­lo­cated el­bow against Can­ter­bury, Andy Tice­hurst was forced off with a back in­jury, while Dan leach went off early af­ter a re­cur­rence of a leg in­jury.

Brown and Henry Hall’s con­ver­sion put Ash­ford 7-5 up but that is a good as it got, with Red­man’s dis­missal only adding to their prob­lems.

The in­juries and a lack of re­place­ment for­wards meant un­con­tested scrums were the or­der of the day, with Ash­ford trail­ing 33-7 at half-time.

Red­man was dis­missed in the se­cond half but Fus­sell de­scribed it as a “very harsh” de­ci­sion.

He said: “There was a lit­tle fra­cas and the ref­eree deemed Shane’s in­volve­ment to be wor­thy of a red card. It was pure frus­tra­tion for us, with noth­ing go­ing our way.”

Red­man now faces a Kent RFU dis­ci­plinary hear­ing to learn his fate.

Grant Bur­don and Josh Sherin are set to re­turn against Crow­bor­ough on Satur­day.

Bur­don has been out of ac­tion for three months with a stom­ach in­jury but had a run-out for the 2nds re­cently. South African Sherin’s avail­abil­ity has been ham­pered by work com­mit­ments, since be­ing one of coach Dar­ren Hall’s first sign­ings when he ar­rived at the club. Ken­ning­ton ......... 3 Ham­street B........ 3 L Chart Posties ... 3 Chal­lock E........... 3 Ruckinge D ......... 3 Ruckinge E ......... 2 Ash­ford TT E ....... 2 Ash­ford TT F ....... 1 3 19 8 19 2 16 11 16 1 15 12 15 2 15 12 15 1 14 13 14 1 5 13 5 0 3 15 3 0 3 6 3

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