Stones put up a good fight against leaders

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

FOLKE­STONE made up slightly for their heavy de­feat at Ton­bridge Jud­di­ans in Septem­ber by run­ning the Lon­don 4 South East leaders close in the re­turn game at the Burling­ton on Satur­day.

The Stones squad in­cluded 10 play­ers from the 126-0 hum­bling but, bol­stered by some se­nior heads, the home side took an early lead be­fore go­ing down by 26 points.

Drew Wool­ford put the Stones in front, as he side stepped his way over for a try fol­low­ing Ol­lie Brooks’ steam­ing run from full-back.

Min­utes later Folke­stone al­most scored again when a line-out on the wing re­sulted in the Brooks broth­ers com­bin­ing, only for Ben to be stopped on the vis­i­tors’ 22.

De­spite this pres­sure Ton­bridge were al­ways go­ing to threaten and, as fly-half Wes­sel Wol­marens got into the game, the vis­i­tors be­gan to tick.

They took the lead be­fore half-time with a con­verted try and ex­tended it with an­other con­verted score and a penalty af­ter the break.

Folke­stone were now chas­ing the game and Ton­bridge took ad­van­tage, scor­ing two fur­ther con­verted tries in the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Al­though on a run of five straight de­feats, the Stones re­main fourth in the ta­ble ahead of a bye week­end.

Pic­ture: Ken Matcham

Folke­stone’s Ol­lie Brooks es­capes a would-be tack­ler

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