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Ashbourne start in style with pre-season win

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

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ASHBOURNE RFC pulled off an impressive victory in the first of their pre-season matches against Veseyians, who were recently promoted to Midlands (West) Division Two.

Played as four 20-minute quarters rather than the normal 40-minute halves, the players displayed few pre-season cobwebs.

The visitors started well, maintaining possession and battering Ashbourne's defenders.

However, the home side were committed and little ground was conceded. George Munro at scrum half fed well to fly half Rich Smith, who in turn kicked and passed at all the right times.

The quality of handling was high with Ashbourne accurately offloading to create a fast-flowing first session that ended scoreless.

Ashbourne added eight new players for the second period, including new signing Alistair Eastwood, who looked lively on the wing. Dan Ryde went to number 10 and looked secure.

Oli Beresford made his club debut at hooker, replacing the impressive Lewis Robinson. Ed Higson charged around at flanker and was always in the fray along with Monty Lyon and Steve Maznenko.

After holding good field position Ashbourne were tricked by a neat Veseyians backs move who eventually scored the first try.

The conversion was successful, giving a 7-0 lead at half-time.

Ashbourne replied through Eastwood, who grounded with skill in the corner after a breakout from deep in their own half.

More changes from Ashbourne to allow the whole squad game time didn't really stop their flow.

Winger Andy McKinley finished off a fine backs move involving centre and captain for the day Adam Curly with Rob Farr from full-back joining the line late to create the gap. Ryde landed a long range kick to make the score 12-7.

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