Mills’ yellow card was beginning of the end for Blue and Golds

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EASTBOURNE were humbled by a rampant Ashford side as injuries and indiscipline eventually took their toll.

Eastbourne came into the match full of confidence and welcomed back both Nick King and Jared Verna to the bench ahead of the game.

However, this confidence was quickly dispelled as they went a player down early on, following Dan Mills’ yellow card.

The first try of the match came soon after as the Ashford backs worked the ball well along the line with their winger eventually scoring in the corner.

Despite not being able to convert their first try, Ashford pressed on as Eastbourne were again made to rue their luck with injuries. Shortly after captain Joe Tobin was taken off with a hamstring injury,

Ashford increased their lead when their forwards took control of a loose ball and went over the line. This time the kicker made no mistake and the ball looped between the posts for a comfortable lead.

Ashford continued to dominate the game until Eastbourne’s Will Bettles reduced the arrears with a fine solo effort to bring a more respectable look to the scoreline.

However, Eastbourne continued to suffer at the hands of injuries when try-scorer Bettles was taken off along with his brother Joe and Tom Redman. Having exhausted both their substitutes and their energies, Eastbourne conceded a further five tries and eventually finished with eleven players on the field while Ashford finished with 13, having received two yellows in the dying moments.