Slade’s dou­ble decisive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

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.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1552694

Stephen Tim­mins of Folke­stone 2nds, right, in action dur­ing the 4-1 win over Sut­ton Va­lence 2nds

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