ASHBOURNE turned around a 14-10 half-time deficit to do the double over local rivals Bakewell.
From the kick off the home side certainly looked up for the match – their forwards hitting rucks and mauls with aggression and surprising the Ashbourne pack and supporters by competing well in the scrum.
And Bakewell were first to score, with a converted try after prolongued pressure in the Ashbourne 22.
Soon after the re-start Ashbourne centre Adam Curley took the ball at speed in the Bakewell half, jinking past several oppositions to score a magnificent individual try, with Ed Worthington’s conversion looking wide until a lucky gust of wind diverted it through the uprights.
Several skirmishes later, with three players – two from Ashbourn – sent to the sin bin for fighting, Bakewell took advantage of the extra man and scored another close-range, converted try .
Ashbourne salvaged three points with a penalty kick just before the break, leaving the score 14-10 at half -time.
Ashbourne began the second half with the wind at their backs and, prompted by fly half Richard Smith’s probing kicks deep into the opposition half, the visitors remorselessly turned on the pressure, now dominating the scrums and lineouts with hooker Robyn Wright’s throwing in faultless, despite the windy conditions.
Forward surges led by the back row of Broom, Steve Maznenko and Monty Lyon unsettled the Bakewell defence, with replacement prop Jake Fernihough getting perhaps the biggest cheer of the day for a bullocking charge into the opposition 22 which resulted a penalty kick for Ashbourne to make it 14-13.
As Bakewell began to wilt under the pressure, Curley scored a second try, added to by Lyon off a rolling maul and Farr on the wing.
Two of those three late tries were converted before a stunned Bakewell side, who never gave up, were rewarded with a consolation try just before the final whistle.
ASHBOURNE Under-14s were unable to match their Under-15s’ feat as they lost their NLD Cup semi-final clash against Nottingham Corsairs.
After losing to Ashbourne in last year’s final, Corsairs were looking for revenge and put their visitors under the cosh from the start.
It was not too long before the hosts crossed for their first try, with the second not coming too long after.
Ashbourne had to dig deep to stay within touching distance and did not concede again before the break.
With the wind at their backs, the visitors were bullish in chasing the game down in the second half, but things did not quite go to plan, as Corsairs benefitted from strong back play and the occasional lucky bounce to keep the scoreboard moving in their favour.
The game looked lost and a lesser team might have capitulated but Ashbourne dug deepand gradually found some momentum and kept possession and gave the travelling supporters something to cheer about with three tries, scored by Al Montieth, Josh Wright and Jack Bowers.