Ashford endured another difficult day, finishing on the wrong end of a heavy defeat at Horsham on Saturday.
Skipper Rhys Fussell, already resigned to the Kinneys Field side’s relegation after two seasons in London South East 2, was able to take a huge positive out of this latest humbling with the performance of three of the club’s under-18s.
Sam Askey-Brown played the whole 80 minutes, winning the man-of-thematch award, while fellow youngsters Max Jordan and Tom Kane were also included.
Fussell said: “We went there with only eight regular first teamers, a couple of other lads from the 2nds and the three boys.
“It was positive to see these youngsters come into the side and see what they can offer and exciting for the future.”
Ashford trailed 33-0 at half-time and conceded another 22 points, before Henry Hall scored Ashford’s try, HORSHAM ASHFORD adding the conversion himself.
The 21-year-old earned Fussell’s praise, saying: “Henry has quickly become one of our senior players, working hard and improving his kicking game.”
Shane Redman will be available for the team’s next game at home against Deal & Betteshanger on Saturday week.
The vice-captain escaped further punishment when he appeared at a Kent RFU hearing on Monday, following his sending-off in the 43-7 Kent Plate defeat at Canterbury Pilgrims earlier this month.
Redman received a two-week ban, which he has already served. Fussell said: “They also took into account his previous good disciplinary record.”
Ashford 2nds held up by Tonbridge Juddians 3rds in Shepherd Neame Premier 2 East