Last-gasp try brings run to end

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

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.

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