Slade’s double decisive
FOLKESTONE Optimists men’s 1sts won their Kent/Sussex Regional League six-pointer against Old Bordenians 4-1.
Paul Parsons opened the scoring with a penalty stroke and Chris Slade quickly doubled the lead.
Martin Ritchie made some crucial interceptions as Bordenians pressed hard for the goal that would get them back into the game.
But it was Folkestone who added to their score courtesy of a Stuart Green goal.
Folkestone maintained momentum in the second half when Slade scored his second before Bordenians replied midway through the half.
A HAT-TRICK from Allon enabled Folkestone men’s 3rds to collect valuable points from a 3-2 win in their bottom of the table clash with Holcombe 3B.
Holcs took an early lead, taking advantage of Folkestone’s slow start but Allon opened his account from Jason Wilkins’ short-corner. Ops’ secondhalf pressure told when Allon converted a penalty flick after Vreony’s shot had been stopped by a defender’s boot.
When Ops were awarded a second penalty, Allon gave the goalkeeper no chance. Holcs replied with five minutes remaining.
Buoyed by Saturday’s success, Ops looked to pick up where they left off against Holcombe 3B in Sunday’s re-arranged league game but finished up losing 2-0.
Back at full-strength, Ops looked to hit the ground running but were left sorely disappointed as the three points would have taken them to seventh in the table.
Holcs took the lead from a short corner and made it 2-0 after the break. Vreony saw a deflected shot go narrowly wide while Allon went close from short corners.
OPS 4ths team lost 5-1 at home to Kings Alleyn, whose early pressure paid off with two quick goals.
Ops stayed in contention with a goal from Mark Finnis before the old boys took command in the second half to win easily.
OPS 6ths went down 7-0 to Gillingham Anchorians in Open League, Division 5.
Both teams competed strongly at the start before Anchorians broke the deadlock just before half-time.
Ops lost their shape in the second half when they conceded three quick goals.
Despite good goalkeeping by Mark Farthing, Anchs added three more goals.
Folkestone’s 7th team’s fixture against Ashford was cancelled as Ops were unable to raise a side.
Stephen Timmins of Folkestone 2nds, right, in action during the 4-1 win over Sutton Valence 2nds