ASHBOURNE 30, AYLESTONE ST JAMES 5
AFTER a two-week break, Ashbourne were back to it on Saturday with a comprehensive win against bottom club Aylestone.
Even with the visitors’ lowly league position, this was not a game Ashbourne could take lightly as Aylestone’s only victory of the season had come against them back in October.
The sun was beating down on the Recreation Ground as Ashbourne kicked off and were immediately under the cosh.
The visitors began well, earning several penalties but all kicks at goal were missed, and as Ashbourne got back in the game, captain Jimmy Carter led from the front, finishing off a good team try in the corner.
The Aylestone defence was good but with big runners Broom, Redfern and Rose working hard, Ashbourne began to look dangerous.
The pack have been very impressive so far this season and they showed their dominance again as Lyon caught a Robinson lineout and the forwards drove the maul towards the line for try machine Broom to break off and trot over to score.
With the wind in Ashbourne’s faces, Paul Maznenko directed the play well, using runners when he needed to and made sure the his side played rugby in the right areas of the pitch.
As the teams turned round for half time the score stayed at 10-0 and with plenty still to do.
Polglass replaced Hollick on the wing and Ashbourne had a very youthful side, with their oldest player being Mark Maznenko, who turns 30 next week.
This youthfulness helped Carter’s men as they wore the visitors out and eventually got a third try, this time through winger Andy Mckinlay after a quick line out by scrum-half Maznenko.
With the kick again missed, the lead still felt small and it soon got smaller as the valiant Ashbourne defence could not hold out and Aylestone got a try of their own.
As the visitors tired though, only one side was ever going to win.
Redfern was unstoppable and Clayton Robinson and Heath began to disrupt a powerful Aylestone scrum.
The next score came from the impressive Broom, who this time dodged and bumped his way over from just inside the 22.
Aylestone did stick to their task well but as the game opened up, Carter and Curley were carving huge holes in the centre.
Steve Maznenko was harshly sent to the sin bin but even this did not hold Ashbourne back as Carter scored the try of the day.
From just inside the oppositions half he crashed through tackles and stepped off both feet to touchdown.
With only minutes left Broom completed his hat-trick in familiar fashion, standing on the wing.
This bonus point win leaves Ashbourne in second place in the league.
Man of the match was James Carter.
ASHBOURNE are hosting a race night at Ashbourne Golf Club on February 23.
Tickets and horses are available from Simon Wint, James Carter and Monty Lyon.
Tickets are £5 which includes food.