Southwark Lancers 13
Ashford made the long journey to Southwark in Central London on Saturday, a game which could have been a potential banana skin. Thankfully aside from a 10 minute blip in the first half the Ashford boys put their opposition to the sword to secure a well-earned 12th win on the bounce!
Ashford welcomed new comer Elliott Fowler onto the bench but otherwise as has been the case for a while now the Ashford side had a pleasantly familiar look to it.
The Ashford boys started with the customary bang and were 12 – 0 up inside 6 minutes as Callum Stuckey scored a thunderous try followed by Will Blyth taking his try scoring tally to 3 from 4 games, Tanner converted one and Ashford were well on track. The next 10 minutes saw the “blip” occur as Ashford thinking this was going to be easy fell off a few tackles and allowed the big Southwark ball carriers to muscle their way up field. During this period Ashford conceded 13 points and really had to snap out of the malaise that had swept across the team.
Led by unbeaten skipper Danny Leech they pulled themselves together and started playing again with their usual swagger. With a point to prove Tom Perkins scored outstanding individual try as he swept aside anyone that got near to him to run half the pitch score, Perkins went onto be rightfully awarded the Man of the Match award. Top try scorer Chris Baker scored another before half time to make the score 13 – 24.
The second half began with the much the same start as the first half as Ben King registered a rare try, this was swiftly followed by a second Stuckey and suddenly the game had gone from being a tight affair to a comfortable win. The Ashford pack was 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 whilst never really threatening the Ashford try line again. The subs came on for Ashford and this ensured the tempo remained high, Jake Fletcher scored his 2nd try in as many games before Baker added another to secure his brace. Tanner converted 4 on the day with Charlie Colman adding the final conversion.
A good win for the Ashford lads which means they maintain their 3rd position in the league. A weekend to rest up looms before the arrival of 2nd placed Vigo on the 17th in what will be a big game for both teams.