Ashford returned to Kinney’s Field for their first home fixture in 6 weeks, HSBC were the opposition and although bottom of the league proved what a tough league it is by putting in a spirited performance.
A well-attended VP’s lunch meant the crowd numbers were boosted and to begin proceedings an impeccably observed minutes silence was held to remember Lawrence Pearce who sadly passed away recently.
The first half was pretty poor in all honesty, the Ashford side started slowly and were lethargic, they lacked the energy and vibrancy of recent weeks which was a shame. That said they were still able to score three tries in the first half with Steve Tanner having a rare off day with the boot only able to convert one. Farai Myezwa sped away from inside his own half to score the first and then the mercurial Chris Baker scored a brace to all but settle the game by half time.
The 2nd half again failed to live up to expectations, HSBC played much more of the rugby but it was testament to the Ashford defence that they only scored the solitary try. The penalty count as expected with the official adjudicating was high and largely against the home side but they remained resolute.
Changes were made in the hope of adding some vibrancy to proceedings but the game drifted along with Ashford trying to score the 4th try and secure the bonus point but time and time again their own handling errors forced turnover ball to the opposition.
Finally in the last minute Ashford had a scrum on the HSBC five metre and managed to score a well earned team try with Dan Brown crossing the white wash. Final score 22 – 7.
Ashford travel to Cranbrook next Saturday for their final fixture prior to the Christmas break.