Weekend Review Ashton Rugby Club
Monday 18th December 2017 @ 14:10 by Mark Phillip

Marple Colts 31-10 Ashton Colts

This was the only game to survive the weather and was contested in very wet conditions. Ashton  took to the field against a full Marple squad looking to upset the league leaders.

Ashton took the game to the hosts and looked the better side despite loosing influential prop Tom Ashley after 10 minutes and having to play 14 v 15. This was evened up when Marple’s No 8 got a yellow card for persistent offending in the red zone and, from the resulting penalty, the ball was switched to George McCallum to crash over in the corner for his fourth try in three games. Travis Powell slotted a fantastic touchline conversion for a 0-7 lead.

Ashton continued to pressure Marple into giving away penalties and Powell took advantage of a  kick to extend the lead to 10-0.

Alex Galbraith left the filed with a knock and Ashton were reduced to 13 as Marple’s sin bin ended. This was to be the defining moment in the game, as loose kicking from Ashton led to the home teams strong backline running in a try just before half-time for a converted try and 7-10 at HT.

Ashton to their credit did not resort to uncontested scrums, putting centre Luke Turner in at prop, but this exposed the visitors defensive line as with eight forwards packing the scrums the backs were left with five players and the home team were able to use to their advantage scoring three second-half tries with some good running rugby in worsening conditions to seal the win.

Ashton took some solace in retaining top spot – just a point ahead of Marple who move up to second.

By Allen Bower