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Frank Davis says Sheppey are capable of pulling off another win against Ashford

Sheppey coach Frank Davis
Sheppey coach Frank Davis

Four wins on the trot have left Sheppey Rugby Club scenting more blood when they travel to Ashford on Saturday.

Another victory will see Sheppey jump above Ashford into eighth place in Kent 1, which would represent something approaching "dizzy heights" after their struggles of the past season and a half.

A confident Davis said: "We are looking forward to it and will go down there with a team well capable of pulling off another win."

Davis was talking after watching his side pull further away from the bottom of the table with a 39-29 success at HSBC on Saturday, helped by a 29-point contribution from full-back Bradley Box.

"Brad was outstanding and showed why he was a Kent 1st XV player a few years back," said Davis, whose side dominated most of the game but paid the penalty for indiscipline when Steve Croall was sinbinned just before the break.

HSBC scored two tries while Croall was off the field, allowing them to claw back a 16-point deficit.

But once Sheppey were back to full strength they regained control and Box, who kicked six penalties and three conversions, rounded off his memorable afternoon with one of his side’s three tries.

Davis added: "A couple of months ago the boys would have lost a bit of self-belief when HSBC came back like that.

"But because we are on a winning run they have got the confidence now to stand up and take control again, which is what they did on Saturday and I was proud of them."

After Ashford, who were thrashed 56-13 by Guys Hospital on Saturday, Sheppey are at home to Beccehamians, whom they leap-frogged in the table with Saturday’s victory.

Davis added: "If we can win our next two matches it will set us up nicely for the home match with Sittingbourne (on March 13), which is going to be a massive game for us."

With scrum-half John Kelly unavailable this weekend, experienced Marc Sheppard will step up from the 2nds in what is likely to be Sheppey’s only change from the side who beat HSBC.

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