Den­gate’s men ease to 12th straight win

RUGBY: ASH­FORD CHALK UP ANOTHER 50-POINT TALLY TO BOL­STER CON­FI­DENCE AHEAD OF KEY SHOW­DOWN

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Ram­pant Ash­ford hit the 50-point mark for the se­cond week run­ning to make it 12 con­sec­u­tive wins in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Satur­day’s Shep­herd Neame Kent 1 match in cen­tral Lon­don was po­ten­tially a test­ing one but apart from one in­dif­fer­ent 10-minute spell in the first half, Chris Den­gate’s side were dom­i­nant.

The vis­i­tors wel­comed new­comer El­liott Fowler onto the bench but oth­er­wise, as has been the case for a while now, the Ash­ford line-up had a SouTh­wArk ASh­forD re­as­sur­ingly fa­mil­iar look to it.

They en­joyed a cus­tom­ary fast start and were 12-0 up in­side six min­utes with tries from Cal­lum Stuckey and Will Blyth, with his third in four games,

Steve Tan­ner con­verted one and Ash­ford were well on track.

How­ever, dur­ing the next 10 min­utes, Ash­ford eased up fall­ing off a few tack­les which al­lowed the big South­wark ball car­ri­ers to mus­cle their way up­field.

Dur­ing this pe­riod, Ash­ford con­ceded 13 points but led by act­ing skip­per Danny Leech, they pulled them­selves to­gether and started play­ing again with their usual swag­ger.

Man-of-the-match Tom Perkins scored an out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual try as he swept aside any­one that got near to him to run in from the half­way line and top try scorer Chris Baker scored another be­fore half-time to make the score 24-13.

The se­cond half be­gan in si­m­il­iar fash­ion to the first. Ben King reg­is­tered a rare try, which was swiftly fol­lowed by a se­cond for Stuckey and sud­denly the game went from be­ing a tight af­fair to a com­fort­able win.

The Ash­ford pack were by now dis­man­tling the home for­wards at ev­ery set piece with Craig Cog­gle do­ing an ex­cel­lent job at tight-head along­side his front row of Nor­man and King.

South­wark, to their credit, never gave up and con­tin­ued to pro­vide re­solve in de­fence while never re­ally threat­en­ing the Ash­ford try line again.

The re­place­ments came on for Ash­ford and this en­sured the tempo re­mained high, with Jake Fletcher scor­ing his se­cond try in as many games be­fore Baker added another to his tally.

Tan­ner con­verted four on the day with Char­lie Col­man adding the fi­nal con­ver­sion.

Ash­ford’s vic­tory main­tained third place and they now have a week­end to rest up be­fore the crunch home match against Vigo, who are above them only on points dif­fer­ence, on Fe­bru­ary 17.

PW D L F A Ps Thanet Wdrs . 16 14 0 2 516 259 68 Ayles­frd Bull . 15 13 1 1 395 160 64 O D’sto­ni­ans . 16 10 1 5 432 296 54 Brom­ley ........ 16 10 1 5 445 286 48 Lewes........... 16 8 1 7 403 340 44 Crow­boro ...... 16 8 0 8 377 270 42 O W’so­ni­ans .. 16 7 3 6 354 289 41 Hasts/Bex­hill. 16 6 1 9 381 312 35 Folke­stone .... 16 6 1 9 304 390 33 Park House ... 16 6 1 9 313 432 33 Shep­pey ....... 16 1 0 15 157 769 6 Crawley ........ 15 1 0 14 144 418 2

Brom­ley 5 Crow­bor­ough 15, Hast­ings & Bex­hill 5 Ayles­ford Bulls 29, Lewes 12 Folke­stone 20, Old Dun­sto­ni­ans HWO Crawley, Park House 29 Shep­pey 3, Thanet Wan­der­ers 43 Old Wil­liamso­ni­ans 24.

Ben King – scored a try

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