Ashfield Ladies suffered a disappointing 33-19 defeat to league newcomers Lincoln Ladies at Larwood Park on Sunday.
Ashfield got off to the worst possible start going two tries down in the first 15 minutes as the Lincoln backs got the better of the Ashfield defence.
Strong tackling from both Eve Byrne and Player’s Player Ellis Thorpe on the wings saved Ashfield from going further behind.
Ashfield woke up and started to play their game, keeping Lincoln pinned in their half and when the Ashfield runners got going they were hard to stop.
Centres Lauren Dearing and Chip Harrison, who had swapped around for this game, had breaks but the support players were unable to recycle the ball.
The pressure from Ashfield eventually forced a try from scrum half Danii Booth.
Ashfield kept up the pressure and scored another before half time when Leanne Reeves powered her way over after some good mauling from the Ashfield forwards wide down the left hand side.
Ashfield began the second half as they started the first, letting in an easy try as one of there forwards broke through and managed to get a quick offload to the winger who ran in from the Ashfield 10 metre line.
Ashfield came back strong putting phase after phase together and started to force errors from Lincoln. Booth, coaches’ player of the match, scored her second try following a series of penalties against Lincoln within sight of the try line.
Ashfield let Lincoln off the hook too many times with poor handling and by giving away penalties and were knocked back when Lincoln were harshly awarded a penalty try. Lincoln followed this up with another try to complete the scoring.
Ashfield remain top of the league by the skin of their teeth and host Coalville next Sunday in the second round of the Women’s Junior Cup.
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