Fine dis­play un­re­warded

Folke­stone

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

FOLKE­STONE Op­ti­mist 1sts pro­duced their best per­for­mance of the sea­son but still lost 1-0 to Kent/Sus­sex Re­gional leaders East­bourne. With solid de­fend­ing, Ops were able to push for­ward and Martin Ritchie and Neil Bris­tow caused plenty of prob­lems without manag­ing to find a break­through. East­bourne looked danger­ous on the counter but their at­tacks were bro­ken down by a bat­tling Ops as the first-half fin­ished goal­less. The break­through ar­rived at the start of the sec­ond half when a re­verse stick shot found its way into the Folke­stone goal. De­spite re­newed determination, Ops couldn’t get an equaliser as East­bourne de­fended stoutly to claim the points.

FOLKE­STONE 3rds also came un­stuck as they went down 3-1 to Mar­den Rus­sets in Kent Open Premier A. The Ops put in plenty of ef­fort but there was lit­tle in the way of in­ci­sive hockey. The only high point of the match was a tremendous re­verse stick goal by Allon.

THE 5ths lost 7-1 away at Well­come 3rds, with Jack Hen­shaw grab­bing Ops’ con­so­la­tion strike.

LUCY AN­DER­SON scored a last-gasp win­ner as Folke­stone Op­ti­mist Ladies won a 5-4 thriller away to Letch­worth to move into third place, one point be­hind Sevenoaks. With five games left, the side are con­fi­dent of clinch­ing pro­mo­tion. Ops found them­selves a goal down af­ter a scrappy start but re­cov­ered to equalise when Nicki Tim­mins con­verted a short cor­ner. The teams changed ends all-square but mo­ments af­ter half-time, Letch­worth re-took the lead. Ops again re­stored par­ity – this time through Polly Wit­tle­ton – and went in front for the first time when Tim­mins coasted through the Letch­worth mid­field and found Janet Fada­gio on the far post to slot home from five yards. Letch­worth scored twice to lead 4-3 with just five min­utes to go but skip­per Jo Creek led by ex­am­ple to slot the ball past the keeper to make the score 4-4 and a great cross from Fada­gio found An­der­son at the far post and she did the rest with a minute left.

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