Preseason promise and an emphatic first league win last weekend were quickly forgotten on Saturday when Cranbrook arrived and taught Ashford a lesson not only in taking their opportunities but also in managing an official who made many questionable decisions.
Cranbrook started well and were soon on the scoresheet and they continued to dominate the first half racking up 19 points. There were many watching who were bemused by the constant number of officiating decisions which went against Ashford, especially given that there seemed to be no consistency for both sides. That said Ashford were their own worst enemies by constantly questioning and often arguing the decisions rather than just walk away. At some point this Ashford side will hopefully recognise that referee management and showing respect regardless of the decision is not only part of the game but also helps you win games.
The 2nd half was slightly different in that Ashford got over the line courtesy of Farai Myezwa to score their only points of the game and despite a fair amount of pressure they were unable to convert the advantage into points.
There really is no need to further elaborate on Saturdays performance, it was hopefully one that won’t be seen again this season. For all associated with the 1st XV there are many questions to be answered and hopefully a response will be forthcoming both at training and for the next fixture away to Beccehamians.