Win keeps home record intact
FOLKESTONE are up to fifth in London 4 South East after defeating Crowborough at the Burlington on Saturday.
The home side were never in danger of losing their unbeaten home record but should have scored more points and tries than they managed.
The Folkestone pack were on top of their opposite numbers, as lock Ben Flatman and flanker Adam Dudycha produced excellent displays.
Dudycha was causing trouble all over the place and Flatman, with his thunderous tackles, was immense.
Despite the huge amount of pressure on the visiting defence, Crowborough held up, but although their penalty count was low, they did give Seyhan Fell two opportunities to kick three points in the first half, which he accepted.
Holding a 6-0 lead going into the second half, Folkestone continued to press the Crowborough defensive line.
Another Fell penalty gave the home side more breathing space before Richard Lama crossed the line for Folkestone’s opening and only try of the game.
Steve Morgan and Ben Brooks combined with Lama before he touched down for a first try of the season.
Fell completed the scoring with a conversion as the Stones controlled the opposition for the rest of the match to
seal the two points.
THE club’s 2nd team remain top of East Kent 1 after seeing off Faversham 1sts 47-7.
THE under-18s began their tour of the Czech Republic by beating the national under-18s 48-17 in Prague.
Ben Crawford and Johnny Legend scored unconverted tries and Ollie Walton kicked a penalty to give the tourists a 13-5 half-time advantage.
After the Czechs changed their entire line-up for the second half, Folkestone ran in a further five tries through Richard Dagger, Jack Cox, Walton, Rob Stewart and James Taylor. All were converted by Walton. Crawford was Folkestone’s hero during the squad’s second game as he scored a hat-trick in a 26-20 win against club side Tatra Smichov.
The hosts took an early lead before Scott Lee’s try, converted by Silvey, gave the tourists a first score of the day.
Tatra came back to score a second unconverted try to regain the advantage, before Crawford weighed in with his first two tries, both converted, to put Folkestone 21-10 up at the break.
The Czechs bounced back again with a converted try and a penalty at the start of the second half but Crawford wasn’t finished, as he crossed the line again to confirm the visitors’ success.