Youth­ful prom­ise

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sports -

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.”

Pic­ture: Alan Lan­g­ley FM4224591

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