Poor start sets the tone
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.
Ashford keeper George Kamurasi does enough to put off the Sittingbourne striker