Ops fail to build on victories
Folkestone 1sts 1, Horsham 3
FOLKESTONE Optimists were looking to build on their win at Herne Bay a fortnight ago and a good performance to Marden Russets last week. With the league structure changing, teams now have to finish in the top six places to retain their spot in the league. It was therefore important to make a strong start to the season, and the first minutes of the game started well with good attacking runs from Stuart Green and Tom Ames. Horsham capitalised from a short corner for the opening goal of the game. The Ops just couldn’t score and this was made worse when Horsham scored from another short corner to trail 2-0 at the interval. The Ops came back after half-time with renewed vigour resulting in Phil Tappley digging the ball up and over a defender’s stick and managing to beat the keeper with a powerful strike, to make it 2-1. In the closing moments of the game, with Ops pushing for an equaliser, Horsham outnumbered them at the back and with goalie Dan Payne anticipating a pass, were left with an open goal. With the loss this week it makes next week’s game against BBHC all the more important as at the moment The Ops lie 9th in the league.
Folkestone Optimist Men’s 3rds recorded their first win of the Kent Open Premier A season with a 3-2 success against rock-bottom Sevenoaks Shadows. Both sides created chances before the visitors opened the scoring five minutes before the interval. David Vreony equalised following a superb passing move, Ireland made it 2-1 following a pass by Micah Smithard, and after Ireland’s initial penalty corner effort was saved, Major was on hand to smash home the rebound to make it 3-1. Sevenoaks rallied to pull a goal back in the final minutes, but the home side managed to see the game out to claim three points.