ASHBOURNE RFC Under-15s are through to the final of the NLD Shield after beating Glossop 29-5 at Chesterfield on Sunday.
The resounding scoreline masked an even match, and it was only in the final 10 minutes when Ashbourne’s power game finally wore their opponents down.
After a nervy start, Will Gardner broke down the blind side in his usual strong and hard running style to score a great try, converted by Ed Groves.
After another spell of pressure, with lots of strong running from Luke Acres, Conor Sherry and Jack Bowden the ball came to Will and he sped over for his second and a great team try.
The remaining 15 minutes of the first half saw Ashbourne camped in their 22, but some excellent defending could not prevent the Glossop full-back scoring a good try in the corner, despite a great tackle from Tom Coackley.
The second half saw a different Ashbourne and from the kick off Conor
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Sherry caught the ball and ran through the whole Glossop pack, making 40 metres with a bullocking run before feeding Ben Ditchfield, who made a very strong break, only to be tackled close to the line.
The ball was quickly recycled to Max Watson, who powered his way over from 10 meters out to finish an excellent team try.
This great start was continued throughout the second half and Ed Groves got the ball from 25 metres out and – against all the odds broke free from three would-be tacklers to score a brilliant try under the posts and put the game beyond Glossop.
Ashbourne dominated the rest of the game and Gardner managed to bag another try from 40 metres out to complete his hat-trick and finish the game off.
Team manager Dave Coackley said: “This was a great team effort with everybody contributing, but special mention must go to Josh Challinor, whose work rate at flanker was incredible both with and without the ball.
“And Ben Ditchfield, since returning from injury, has played at a very high level of intensity and really shone on Sunday.”