Poor start sets the tone

Rugby

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ash­ford’s topsy-turvy Kent 1 sea­son con­tin­ued on Saturday with a 26-17 de­feat at New Ash Green.

The visitors made the trip hav­ing won two and lost two and again they were forced by in­juries into chang­ing their line-up.

Tom Brookes, Ma­son Pilcher, Lewis Rem­ing­ton and Aaron Bowes all made their first ap­pear­ances of the sea­son but Ash­ford were soon 7-0 down.

The try owed as much to poor tack­ling as the pace of the New Ash Green player and the con­ver­sion duly fol­lowed.

Ash­ford were un­der pres­sure and only a poor fi­nal pass from the home side stopped them fall­ing fur­ther be­hind.

Ben Gray had to go off with a shoul­der in­jury and that meant a reshuf­fle of the Ash­ford back­line.

They were strug­gling to put any phases to­gether and made count­less han­dling er­rors al­though Dan Sher­rin did man­age to get them back in the game with a try.

New Ash Green re­sponded with one of their own be­fore Nathan Wood touched down for Ash­ford to make it 12-10 at half-time.

A slow start to the sec­ond half saw that deficit in­crease as the hosts ran in an­other con­verted try.

Back came Ash­ford with a try con­verted by Steve Tan­ner but they never looked like win­ning a game which was fi­nally put be­yond them when New Ash Green went up the other end and ran in their fourth try.

Ash­ford, who don’t have a game this week­end, are ninth in the ta­ble with 10 points from five games.

They re­turn to ac­tion on Saturday, Oc­to­ber 21, with a home game against sec­ond-bot­tom South­wark Lancers.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4950092

Ash­ford keeper Ge­orge Ka­murasi does enough to put off the Sit­ting­bourne striker

Dan Sher­rin

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