Ashford 2ndXV welcomed a strong Weavering side in a top of the table clash. Weavering had only conceded 46 points before this game but despite early pressure on Ashford from the kick off, Ashford fought to a 21 – 0 lead in the opening 20 minutes with a try from Nadeem Makhalfa and an early brace from youngster Max Jordan.
Penalty discipline and some missed tackles on the big Weavering runners allowed them back in with a half-time score of 21-5. Weavering came out fighting after the break with another score despite valiant defence from Ashford around the fringes. Ashford hit back with a long range effort from Andy Ticehurst minutes later sparking a battle that saw the gap down to just 7 points at one stage.
Owen Piper was rewarded for his determination and solid defensive effort with a try and despite the pressure from the Weavering pack, Ashford pulled clear against tiring legs in the last 15 minutes. Long range efforts from Olli Gray, Max Jordan, (rounding off a hat-trick out of position) and Andy Ticehurst saw final score finish at 54-26.
Credit must go to the distribution of fly half Aaron Bowes for consistently stretching a tight Weavering defence and Tom Hinckes for his 12 points off the tee. Ashford will be working on their discipline and building on a scrummaging performance that was unusually outshone by the powerful Weavering pack.
Captain Glen Collins said it was “another great team performance showing again the level of commitment scoring three tries in the final 20 minutes, credits to Forward of the Match Max Jordan, Back of the Match Andy Ticehurst and Manager George Collins for getting the team ready at the warm up and firing from the first whistle.”