Excellent fightback earns draw
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.