Ex­cel­lent fight­back earns draw

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

FOLKE­STONE 2nds, 29-5 down at one point, staged a tremendous re­cov­ery to draw 34-34 at Deal & Bette­shanger 2nds.

A Chris Gam­ble try put Folke­stone ahead, but by half-time Deal had surged into a 22-5 lead.

The sec­ond half saw more of the same and Deal took what ap­peared to be a decisive ad­van­tage with an­other try.

Folke­stone full-back Craig Hunt then left the field with an an­kle in­jury to be re­placed by James Tay­lor, a mem­ber of the un­der-18 squad.

He in­spired Folke­stone’s fight­back with some su­perb run­ning. How­ever, things got worse for Folke­stone when sub­sti­tute Lee Jef­fery had to leave the pitch with a neck in­jury – af­ter hooker Jack Cox had al­ready gone off.

With no front row re­place­ments avail­able the game had to go to un­con­tested scrums and Folke­stone were re­duced to 14 play­ers.

Folke­stone gave them­selves hope when Alex Green scored a try and Sey­han Fell added the con­ver­sion to make it 29-12.

The ar­rears were re­duced fur­ther with a try from Fell.

Tay­lor made a run from in­side his own 22 and got the ball to Luke Simp­son who flew down the left to score.

Deal added an­other score but Folke­stone re­sponded with an­other try for Simp­son to make it 34-27.

With the con­ver­sion added Folke­stone were just five be­hind.

There was time for James Wool­ford to power over but Fell ag­o­nis­ingly missed the con­ver­sion – and a dra­matic win – by inches.

A HASTILY-PUT to­gether Folke­stone 3rds de­feated Deal & Bette­shanger 3rds 39-27 on Satur­day.

Four Colts were drafted in, plus five play­ers from the 4ths, and to­gether with those play­ers orig­i­nally des­tined for the 3rds formed a side.

The first half went all Folke­stone’s way, scor­ing four tries – from Gareth Web­ber, John Inouts, Kevin McCauley and Tom Mur­ray – and two con­ver­sions for a 24-0 half-time lead.

Deal scored two tries within as many min­utes af­ter the restart and Folke­stone now were com­ing un­der pres­sure.

But Micky At­tia went in un­der the posts be­fore Ben Craw­ford added an­other try. Deal threat­ened with tries of their own, but Craw­ford sealed the points with an­other Folke­stone touch­down.

FOLKE­STONE un­der-15s suf­fered a 18-15 home de­feat by Ayles­ford – but it was a game they could have won.

Ayles­ford made the most of some sloppy Stones de­fend­ing to score two early tries, one con­verted, be­fore Folke­stone fi­nally came to life and Will Maloney used his pace to score a fine try, which re­duced their half­time deficit to 12-5.

Folke­stone started the sec­ond half with ex­tra vigour, and, when full­back Billy Monk en­tered the back line at pace, he was able to hack the ball for­ward and win the race to the line.

How­ever, Folke­stone now paid the price for in­dis­ci­pline. They con­ceded two un­nec­es­sary penal­ties which en­abled Ayles­ford to in­crease their lead to 18-10.

Then, with 15 min­utes left, Folke­stone re­alised that the way to win was to run at Ayles­ford with ball in hand, and it was no sur­prise when Monk man­aged to scoop up a popped pass and squeeze in at the cor­ner, but it was too lit­tle too late.

Folke­stone’s joint men of the match were Will Moloney and Monk.

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