Spirited Seconds Defeated by Ashford 3s
After a promising early start, Ashford's greater cohesion and couple of standout players helped them to claim the win.
In a great day for the Castaways that shows the strength of the club and the growing numbers at the moment, Faversham fielded 2 full squads at home in back to back matches for the 1st time in the clubs history.
Up first was the 2nd team captained by Jack Williams. With a mixture of new recruits, long standing players, returning faces and those just missing out on selection for the 1st team there was a good spirit about the team and energy from the off.
Early stages of the game were relatively even with Ashford gaining territory only for Faversham's resolute defence to push them back, and
Faversham mounting attacks of there own. With the game flowing back and forwards it was Faversham who struck first after a period of sustained pressure with Eddie Stott receving a short pass from Pete Bulteel and pirouetting before powering through the remaining tackles to score by the posts for the try which was then converted.
Ashford hit back soon after however to level the scores as their full back, the outstanding player of the match, sliced through the defence to open their scoring.
From here the fitness of the 2nd team began to show added to the clear cohesion the Ashford side had from playing together regularly meant that Ashford steadily increased their lead with Pete Bulteel replying in the second half for the hosts after dummying and diving for the line. Despite the scoreline there were plenty of periods of good play and promise from the home side. Craig Garnham and Pete Ehmann among others returned kick offs well with some strong drives gaining ground, Chris Streatfield competed well at the line out, the scrum looked a solid unit, and the back row competed tenaciously for the ball at any opportunity.
A final score of 12-50 showed the difference the added cohesion can make and the impact of real quality from the full back and centre Ashford possessed however there were many bright points to note for Faversham, and if this side can get regular fixtures then they should rapidly develop the cohesion of their own.
Firstly this was the 3rd game the side have managed to play already this season, more than in the last few seasons combined and if this side can continue to get regular fixtures then they should rapidly develop the cohesion of their own.
There have been a number of new faces join and become involved in the club, and a number of former faces returned, whilst there are still other players to return to compete for selection and bolster the playing numbers further.
The benefit of this team being back consistently will also show in the 1st team as players who have missed out on selection are still getting regular game time, allowing them to stay ready and match fit and push for the 1st team spots with their displays.
Perhaps most importantly, the return of a consistent 2nd team has helped boost the social side of the club with the various match day themed outfits of the 2s and their determination to enjoy the matches both on and off the pitch balancing well with the more competitive nature of the 1st team.