Stones in seventh heaven
STAYING POWER: Visitors survive late onslaught to become only the second team to win at Charlton Park
FOLKESTONE notched their seventh consecutive victory on Saturday, defending stoutly to hold off Charlton Park in London 4 South East
Charlton Park is a hard place to earn a victory – the only team to have won there previously this season were runaway leaders Tonbridge Juddian.
Folkestone’s victory was even more commendable given the fact that several normal starters withdrew from the squad because of flu.
Pat Smith, Lee Jenkins, Pawel Martyniuk and Will Turner stepped up from the academy squad.
Smith and Martyniuk started and Jenkins came on early in the first half when hooker Will Massey came off with a knee injury.
Mat Roots took several crash balls deep into home territory and from one of his drives, Folkestone earned a penalty which Seyhan Fell converted.
Folkestone went further ahead when Park cleared their 22 by kicking downfield.
The ball dropped into the hands of Fell, who took off down the left wing and kicked over the first defender and caught the ball on the bounce. He was well tackled but offloaded to Dan Sangiuseppe who dived over to give Folkestone an 8-0 lead.
Charlton Park came back strongly in the second half and scored a deserved try to set up a pulsating final half hour. But Folkestone managed to survive the final onslaught. FOLKESTONE 3rds scored an 18-10 victory over Canterbury.
Folkestone fielded a mixed side, having to use two players from the 2nd XV, one from the 4ths, and a prop who had never played in the front row before and so they took a little time to settle.
But they took the lead through a well-struck penalty by Martin Murray and then a loose maul developed right on the Canterbury line and Adam Bloomfield emerged with the ball tucked under his arm to claim Folkestone’s first try.
Murray missed the difficult conversion and Canterbury then reduced the deficit with a penalty. Luke Simpson, who put in some good defensive work for Folkestone, added their second try after sprinting 70 metres to score under the posts.
Murray converted and Folkestone looked comfortable at 13-3 in front.
Canterbury had other ideas, however, and, after winning a series of penalties, they crossed for a converted try.
But Murray then added another penalty to put the game beyond Canterbury’s reach. FOLKESTONE under-15s lost a hard-fought game with Thanet Wanderers 19-17.
Thanet opened the scoring with two tries, one converted, to lead 12-0 but Folkestone hit back to go in level 12-12 at the interval thanks to tries from Barton and Bloomfield, with one converted.
Both sides continued to look to run the ball in the second half, and it was Folkestone who scored first when player of the match Way burst through to touch down under the posts to lead 17-12.
But Thanet had the last word by scoring a late converted try to snatch victory.
Folkestone have Charlton Park defending in numbers during this attack on Saturday