Canterbury RFC 46-19 Ashford RFC Ladies
The first league game of the season for Ashford Ladies started extremely positively. With new players on the pitch; both new to the team and some playing in their first ever competitive game, and up against local rivals Canterbury.
Ashford expected a challenge and asserted themselves early on, securing the first 7 points of the game with a converted try by Prop Leanne Kelly. Ashford showed dominance in the scrums and maintained excellent discipline throughout the game. All players, both starting and substitutions, made noticeable contributions to the game but after several injuries, gaps in Ashford’s defence opened up and Canterbury were able to capitalise and run in a number of tries at the beginning of the second half.
An injury to new player Lauren Holdstock caused a break in play, but this appeared to fire Ashford up, coming back and scoring 2 consecutive tries immediately after the stoppage. The first through a run and dive for the line by Flanker Emma Hamlet and the second by Inside Centre Hannah Sweatman who backed herself all the way to the whitewash after receiving the ball from the restart.
Canterbury were able to run in further tries after this with the final score ending 46-19. Ashford will take a number of positives from the game and would like to thank all those who came to support. With new players gaining more and more match experience the ladies are looking forward to the rest of the season.
– Ladies XV Captain Katie Allen