Ashford Ladies embarked on a two hour journey to take on mid-table Worthing. Ashford found themselves at an early disadvantage after the host’s pacey backline ran in two quick successive tries.
Regrouping Ashford fought back hard, pressing deep into the opposition’s 22. A high tackle resulted in a penalty 10 metres out and a strong carry from Prop Leanne Kelly followed by a deft offload saw Flanker Sarah Glasspool crashing over the whitewash for her first try of the season.
Núria Jordà Camps soon evened up the try count when Ashford’s backline found space out wide to release the Full Back 40 metres out. Leanne Kelly was unable to balance the scales as the following conversion fell just short.
Despite the shift in momentum Worthing’s backline responded with a third score, extending their lead and closing out the half 10-17.
From the restart Ashford continued to ramp up the pressure. Strong carries from the Forwards kept the hosts constantly on the back foot, as the
Ladies drove deeper into the red zone. Leanne Kelly found her way to the line after a number of clinical offloads, only to be denied by the Referee; the grounding deemed to be out of bounds.
Captain Katie Allen narrowly missed out on her first try as another passage of solid work from the pack put Ashford within striking distance. As the Fly-half crossed the line for what looked like a certain score, Allen was swamped by defenders who managed to hold the ball up. Worthing were only able to hold off the attack briefly as the resulting 5 metre scrum saw Allen attack the short side, drawing the defence and putting in Centre Kelly Davies for her first score in Ashford colours.
Ashford unfortunately were unable to capitalise on a yellow card when Worthing’s defender lifted Second Row Meghan Cordery past the horizontal.
Front Row Sarah Williams was carried off with a suspected ankle fracture, and several other injuries also saw a siginificant reshuffle in Ashford’s line-up.
Intelligently Worthing quickly exploited the change and the hosts found their way over the whitewash a further three times to get the try bonus and finish the game 34-15.
PLAYERS OF THE MATCH
Katie Allen & Emma Hamlet
We would like to thank Núria Jordà Camps for her time at Full Back with us. Núria returns to her homeland of Spain and will certainly be missed.