A 12-try rout put Ashbourne through in the Midland RFU Cup as they smashed past Melton Mowbray with an impressive away win that was full of positives for all departments in the team.
A re-organised back line due to Ed Worthington’s absence saw Paul Maznenko return at 10 with Rich Smith moving to outside centre.
The forwards did not have Kurt Smith available so Tom Clayton moved to lock, Jacob Fernihough starting at prop.
Ellis Greenway returned, starting on the bench.
Early encounters in the loose went Ashbourne’s way, with Monty Lyon and Steve Maznenko turning over Melton possession in the rucks without much trouble.
The first try came from a turnover, Mark Broom taking advantage and bursting over for his first of two tries on the day.
Winger MC Halling charged through soon after and so the tries kept coming.
Rob Farr got his first of two with a fine breakaway, Lyon being rewarded with another five-pointer soon afterwards, with full-back Dan Carter landing hard conversions.
A series of errors saw Melton deep in the visitors half and a short penalty then a ruck saw them score, with the conversion missed.
More Ashbourne tries followed as captain Jimmy Carter ran a super line for his first of two, and centre partner Smith went over in the corner after a charging run by a returning-to-form Chris Rose.
Andy McKinlay finished a nice move to score under the posts and Melton got their second with some unusually sloppy scrummaging by Ashbourne.
Broom set up Glyn Sellers for a fine forward try and Carter missed the conversion.
The tries kept coming as Melton wilted, and Adam Curley went over late on to make 80.
A special mention to the other Ashbourne forwards, Robyn Wright, Sam Heath, Tom Clayton, Jacob Fernihough who all contributed to the demolition of the home side’s pack.
Carter completed 10 from 12 conversion.