Last-gasp try brings run to end
FOLKESTONE’S long unbeaten run in London League 4 South East came to an end on Saturday as Whitstable snatched victory with a last-minute try.
But Folkestone had no cause for complaint after producing probably their worst home performance of the season.
They started brightly enough, Seyhan Fell slotting over an early penalty for a 3-0 lead.
But Folkestone then started conceding frequent penalties, one of which Whitstable converted for 3-3.
Back came the Stones again with a move from right to left, releasing Ben Brooks to race down the wing for a try out wide but Whitstable replied with another penalty to go in at the break trailing 8-6.
And the visitors, led by fly-half Shaun Brown, took control early in the second half.
Rob Dengate converted another penalty to put his team 9-8 in front and Whitstable were now working hard and making all the good moves.
By contrast, the Folkestone decision-making was poor. Too often they took the ball into contact when a good long kick downfield and out of the danger area might have been the better option.
However, with minutes to go, Folkestone got themselves into the Whitstable half and earned three penalties.
Fell missed the first two but converted the third to put his side back in front at 11-9.
Many of the home supporters thought that was that but Whitstable had other ideas.
With seconds to go, Folkestone earned a scrum. The Whitstable pack went for the big push and, after a ruck formed, they went over for a deserved try just to the right of the posts.
Then up stepped Dengate to put the icing on the cake with the conversion.
FOLKESTONE’S Catherine Spencer captained England Women to a 19-8 victory over the Ireland President’s XV in Dublin. Spencer scored one of England’s three tries as they chalked up a world record 19th consecutive Test win.