Gillingham Anchorians 44 – Ashford 17
Ashford travelled to Gillingham on Saturday with the now customary numbers of changes due to injuries and unavailability, this though allowed Jimmy Cox and Kyeran Gayson to join the squad and both gave a good account of themselves coming off the bench in the 2nd half.
Gillingham started with much better urgency and a combination of not being awake and missed tackles led to an easy score for the home sides left wing who would prove to be a danger all game.
Ashford finally woke up 10 minutes in, and for the next half an hour really put Gillingham to the sword and should have walked away with more points than they did. It should be noted though that Ashford’s defence never really looked comfortable all game and so any attack Anchorians made usually resulted in panicked last ditch tackles. Still Jack Weaver scored another excellent try with solid ball off the top of the lineout he cut through under the posts, converted by the returning Charlie Colman.
The set piece was solid all day for Ashford and they used this well to attack Gillingham and establish good field position. Camped in the opposition 22 Ashford were able to walk away with 2 more tries from Colman and Captain Dan Brown neither of which were converted to leave it at 17 – 5 at half time.
At half time there was an air of positivity and the Ashford players seemed to know what was needed in the 2nd half to convert this into a 3rd win of the season. Unfortunately what followed was 39 unanswered points from Gillingham as Ashford capitulated and didn’t add a further point to the scoreboard in the entire 2nd half.
There were a great number of puzzled looking faces on the side lines from the Ashford supporters and coaching staff alike as the Ashford side unravelled in front of their eyes, all watching agreed that Gillingham showed great determination and character but were hardly the better team ability wise, nonetheless they thoroughly deserved the win.
Ashford entertain league leaders Pulborough on Saturday at home before meeting Sheppey at home the following week in the cup.