Ash­bourne get job done early on Rec

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - SPORT - By Col­ston Craw­ford sport@ash­bourne­new­stele­graph.co.uk

PLENTY of points early in the game did the trick for Ash­bourne as they ran out 34-27 win­ners at home to Lough­bor­ough.

This was a cru­cial game in Mid­lands Two East (North) against a team who started the day a place and a point ahead of Ash­bourne in the ta­ble.

At the end of it, Ash­bourne are two points and three places ahead go­ing into a week­end with­out a match.

Jonny Ri­ley fin­ished with 13 points, made up of a try, two penal­ties and a con­ver­sion, while Rob Farr con­trib­uted 11 points, kick­ing three con­ver­sions to go with a try.

Cap­tain Ol­lie Rud­dock and Will Nash also crossed the try line as Ash­bourne col­lected the four-try bonus point.

Jason Ainsworth was named man of the match after an­other all-ac­tion ef­fort full of tack­ling.

“As we scored in­side 10 min­utes, it set the tone for the game,” said Rud­dock.

“We led for the whole game but our tack­ling let us down at times, as they had strong run­ners who kept them push­ing for­ward and in the game.

“We have been known to self­de­struct a lit­tle bit when we don’t run away with a game but we kept our heads well and took ad­van­tage of a much stronger back line than theirs.”

It was not all plain sail­ing, as Ash­bourne had in­juries to Farr and Jimmy Carter in the first half, al­though, with the next match away to Mar­ket Rasen a week on Satur­day, they have longer re­cov­ery time than usual.

“We’ll have to make sure our de­fence is back up to its usual stan­dard when we make the trek over to Mar­ket Rasen, who are sec­ond in the league,” added Rud­dock.

Main pic­ture: Ash­bourne man of the match Jason Ainsworth makes one of many tack­les to stop Lough­bor­ough. In­set left, top: Ol­lie Rud­dock touches down for one of Ash­bourne’s four tries. In­set left, bot­tom: Chris Rose on the charge for Ash­bourne.PIC­TURES: Michael Hope­smith, three­six seven­nine.co.uk

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