and competitive game of rugby.
Ashton were dealt an early blow when second row Aidan Morris limped off with an ankle injury in the first minute. He was replaced by the ever capable Danny Billinge. Ashton were soon ahead with try from John English following a tap penalty and a second was quickly added by Billinge. The visitors battled well but made a couple of mistakes, kicking out on the full from re-starts , that pushed them back. They did get the next try from a super interception from the half way and were right back in it with a second try following a good jinking run from their centre. Just before half-time Ashton extended the lead to 17-10 with a try from Joe Statham who followed up a clever kick through from fly half James Molyneux.
The second half was more one-sided for Ashton as Littleboro’s big pack struggled against Ashton’s quick running game. The fact that there uncontested scums (Ashton were a prop short) also was to Ashton’s advantage. A further five tries were scored in the second half with two tries each for Max Short and Harry Stainton and one for the impressive James Molyneux. Overall a very pleasing afternoon and a game played in good spirit (club Chairman Stephen Appleby played for Littleborough in the first half as they were short of player). Man of the match Tom Rawdin.
A big thank you to the Littleborough 2s team and their supporters who were willing to come down to Ashton at the last minute. Also many thanks to referee Bruce Henderson who stepped in to officiate at the last minute. We hope to return the favour with a return friendly at Littleborough later in the season.
Next up is a game for our newly formed Ashton Vets team who have a game versus Trafford MV Vets under floodlights this Friday 8th October at Trafford MV kick off 7.30pm. Any Vets fancying a run out please contact Dave Barker. Ashton 1st XV’s next game is at home to Broughton on the 16th October, kick off 2.15pm.