Fus­sell vows to stay at the helm

ASH­FORD CAP­tAin SAYS HE WiLL CARRY On in CHARGE

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Rhys Fus­sell is vow­ing not to walk away as Ash­ford face up to the prospect of a re­turn to Lon­don South East 3 next sea­son.

This lat­est re­verse against the third-bot­tom team in Lon­don South East 2 con­demned the Kin­neys Field out­fit to a 16th suc­ces­sive de­feat but first sea­son skip­per Fus­sell in­sists he won’t jump ship and says he is al­ready pre­par­ing for next sea­son.

He said: “Crow­bor­ough of­fered a lot more than we ex­pected and we didn’t click.

“We again had a cou­ple of chances that could have led to tries had we been more clin­i­cal.”

Look­ing ahead, he added: “We have got six games left and are aim­ing to go out and en­joy our rugby, play­ing with no pres­sure and look­ing to spoil a few peo­ple’s par­ties.

He added: “I will carry on. It’s been a big learn­ing curve for me and the team this sea­son but I have got re­spect of the boys and will stick by them.

“We are a young side, there are more boys com­ing through the ranks and we will try and re­tain play­ers as well as go­ing out and re­cruit­ing oth­ers.”

Crow­bor­ough, who ar­rived hav­ing played ASH­FORD CROW­BOR­OUGH only two games this year, led 3-0 be­fore Henry Hall lev­elled with Ash­ford’s only score af­ter the vis­i­tors failed to re­lease a tack­led player.

An un­con­verted try put Crow­bor­ough 8-3 up at half-time.

Three se­cond-half tries, one of them con­verted, se­cured the vis­i­tors a bonus point, keep­ing them five clear of Thanet Wan­der­ers who look set to make the drop with Ash­ford, two sea­sons af­ter the clubs went up as cham­pi­ons and run­ners-up.

Ash­ford 2nds lost 40-5 against Dover 2nds in Shep­herd Neame Premier 2 East at Crab­ble.

They were up against an ex­pe­ri­enced and much heav­ier home side with the con­di­tions against any skil­ful play.

Dover adapted bet­ter and led 40-0 af­ter an hour, be­fore Ash­ford’s only score.

David Don­aghy, back from a long-term in­jury, has­sled the Dover scrum-half be­fore charg­ing down his rash clear­ance.

Max Jor­dan’s hat-trick of tries helped Ash­ford 3rds beat Dover 4ths 26-0 in Dragon Fire 4 East.

Mean­while, Ash­ford Girls face Ayles­ford Bulls in the South East Cup un­der-15s fi­nal on Sun­day.

The un­der-13s have al­ready booked their place in the fi­nal and are wait­ing to find out who they will play next month.

Coach Liz Ashby has been pleased with the progress of both age groups teams and is hope­ful for a dou­ble suc­cess.

PW D L F A Ps Sevenoaks .... 16 15 0 1 617 151 72 Tun Wells ...... 15 15 0 0 544 156 70 Dart­for­dians.. 16 11 0 5 403 267 53 Deal/Bettes ... 16 11 0 5 266 224 48 Beck­en­ham .. 16 10 0 6 296 219 47 Hor­sham ....... 16 8 0 8 412 365 45 O Colfeians ... 16 6 0 10 245 339 30 O Al­ley­ni­ans .. 16 5 0 11 268 407 27 Hove ............. 15 4 1 10 250 425 25 Crow­boro ...... 14 4 1 9 176 268 23 Thanet Wdrs . 16 4 0 12 174 396 18 Ash­ford ......... 16 0 0 16 110 544 5

Ash­ford 3 Crow­bor­ough 25, Dart­for­dians 31 Old Al­ley­ni­ans 26, Hove 5 Deal & Bettes 17, Old Colfeians 10 T Wells 29, Sevenoaks 40 Hor­sham 7, Thanet Wan­der­ers 8 Beck­en­ham 10.

Beck­en­ham v Hove, Crow­bor­ough v Old Colfeians, Deal & Bette­shanger v Sevenoaks, Hor­sham v Ash­ford, Thanet Wan­der­ers v Old Al­ley­ni­ans, T Wells v Dart­for­dians.

Pic­ture: Re­becca Hol­l­i­day FM4217586

Ash­ford pulled along by Crow­bor­ough at Kin­neys Lane

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