Following a break, Saturday saw Ashford away to Old Gravesendians, and they continued to show what a formidable team they are on the road. Playing up the slope in the first half of the game with the sun in their faces, the first ten minutes proved to be testing for Ashford as Old Gravesendians pushed them hard, but with a strong defence they came out unscathed and Farai Myezwa seized an opportunity to score a try with a great run, opening the scoring in the 12th minute.
As seems to be the pattern this season, once on the scoreboard Ashford want more, and Adam Knight closely followed this in the 16thminute, with a second try for the visiting team, converted by Steve Tanner. The home side fought back, scoring a try to bring the score to 12-5 but Ashford responded well with Farai scoring his second try right on the 40thminute, Director of Rugby Chris Dengate said “This was probably the try of the season after a great turn over by one of the Knight brothers and the length of the field run by Farai”, duly converted by Tanner. This left Ashford going into the second half 19-5 up and the advantage of the downward slope in the second half.
Within the opening minute of the second half and sleek hands Callum Stuckey crossed the line in the corner, it was obvious we were in for a thrilling game of rugby in this second half, and the Ashford supporters that had travelled were not to be disappointed.
Following the cracking start in the second half Ashford went on to score a further three tries, from Steve Tanner, Danny Bushell and Grant Burdon, all three converted by the boot of Tanner, bringing the score to 45-5.
Old Gravesendians were not to be discouraged though and fought back scoring and converting another try bringing the score to 45-12.
But Ashford being Ashford were not going to give up even with a 33 point lead, and continued to push the home side, scoring another four tries, from Captain Chris Baker, another by Callum Stuckey and Steve Tanner and of course Dan Brown coming on as sub kept up his record of scoring when he came on. All four converted by Tanner bringing the final score to 73-12.
This should not take away the fact that Old Gravesendians fought hard and were a strong side to play, the score could quite easily have gone the other way but Ashford made the most of the opportunities they had and with the pace to outrun Old Gravesendians to get the points on the board.
Ashford remain unbeaten so far this season and remain top of the table on points scored difference with a total of 54 tries scored in six games, but Gillingham Anchorians, their next opponents at home on Saturday, also remain unbeaten. It will prove to be a tough game for both teams and an entertaining game to watch.
Director of Rugby Chris Dengate said that the club is pulling in the right direction, all 3 teams are winning and he is looking to build on this by putting out a fourth team in the next few weeks. If you would like to start playing again or take up a new sport all are welcome.