Ashford RFC 48-0 Beccehamian RFC Ladies
Tries: Laura Charter (2), Hannah Sweatman (2), Leanne Kelly, Emma Hamlet, Ellie Drabble, Kerri Morgan
Conversions: Leanne Kelly (4)
Ashford RFC Ladies impressed in their first home league fixture of the season. Running out in front of a large home crowd the Ladies went on to score 8 tries against league newcomers Beccehamian RFC.
Early dominance in the scrum and lineout created the perfect platform for Ashford’s Backs to test the opposition’s defence. Centre pairing Davies & Sweatman found fortune as they repeatedly ploughed over the opposition gain line.
Scrum-half Laura Charter was the first to prosper from Ashford’s foray into the opposition’s 22. Reacting quickly at the base of the breakdown, the nimble No.9 sniped the opening score. Prop Leanne Kelly added the extras as well as crashing over for her own try, after receiving a cutout pass just shy of the line. Kelly also slotted 3 more conversions from the tee.
Outside Centre Hannah Sweatman racked up two tries, breaking from deep within Ashford’s own half. Her lung bursting runs, strength and powerful fend proved too much for Beccehamian’s backline.
Moving into the ascendancy Ashford continued to exert pressure on the visitors at the set piece. Second Row Cheryl Wharton frequently turned defence into attack with some excellent steals at the lineout.
In the 2nd half Charter opened the scoring again. 10 metres out the elusive 9 used her agility to slip past the breakdown guards and go in for her brace. Beccehamian’s big ball carriers probed the Ashford defence for weakness, but the home sides unwavering defensive line and bone crunching tackles denied the visitors any opportunity.
Flankers Emma Hamlet and Ellie Drabble were both rewarded for their excellent support play. Tight work in the Forwards put Hamlet in range and the Flanker used her long reach to find the whitewash. Interplay between Forwards and Backs saw Leanne Kelly release Sophie Phillips down the 5 metre channel. Running over half the length of the pitch the Winger was brought down just short, on-hand Drabble received the offload and strolled in to dot down beneath the posts.
Debutante Kelly Davies’ impressive skills and work rate earned her Player-of-the-Match, as the electric Inside Centre drew in multiple defenders to create space and opportunities out wide. Winger Kerri Morgan profiting from her teammate’s clinical passing game, sprinted 60 metres, brushing aside the final covering defender for her first score of the season.
PLAYERS OF THE MATCH
Laura Charter & Kelly Davies
Match photo courtesy of Neil French.