Old Dunstonians 62 – Ashford 19
Despite a tough season with many defeats, Ashford have made a habit of starting games well and putting the opposition under lots of pressure, in the warm Spring sunshine this early fast start for once eluded them and allowed an experienced and physically superior side to get their tails up and take the game away from the away side. As the score would indicate Old Dunstonians once this game more than comfortably but it was truly lost in the opening 25 minutes where despite a well worked try from Matt Richards Ashford conceded 24 points, a position from which they could never come back from. Poor tackling, ill-discipline and some dubious decision making allowed what is a solid Dunstonians side to look a great deal better than perhaps they actually but nonetheless Ashford could have no excuses.
At half time the score was a sobering 31 – 5, changes were made allowing Ayron Lakin to make his first team debut, one which he will no doubt remember but perhaps for the wrong reasons. He acquitted himself well against a back 3 who ran some sharp lines and were blessed with pace to burn, it is this back line which has really stood out all season and you could see why.
The second half saw another home score before some sustained Ashford pressure gave Jack Weaver the chance to drop a lovely kick over the defence for Rhys Fussell to collect and score under the posts. The home side came straight back scoring 2 quick fire tries before Andy Ticehurst scored Ashford’s 3rd, converted by Steve Tanner. Ashford now were in the ascendancy as Old D’s appeared to be on the wane and were now making countless errors and being rightly punished for some reckless work at the breakdown. This wasn’t to last however as the home back line regained its composure scoring twice more as Ashford tried in vain for their 4th try.
Ashford in fairness just didn’t show up, the challenge now is to finish the season well with 2 home games and get prepared for next season in Kent 1.