Ops slip to convincing defeat at leaders Bay
FOLKESTONE Optimists slid to a 3-0 defeat against Kent/Sussex Regional 2 leaders Herne Bay on Saturday.
Ops started the game the better and were unlucky when Stuart Green’s reverse stick shot hit the crossbar.
However, they then switched off in defence and allowed Herne Bay to take the lead.
The visitors now played with much more confidence and they added a second goal before halftime.
Folkestone tried all they could to get back into the game in the second half but just couldn’t score, and Herne Bay rubbed it in with a third goal five minutes from time.
Folkestone 2nds maintained their good form with a 2-2 draw at Herne Bay in a game where keeper Owain East went from zero to hero.
After being sin binned the previous weekend for violent conduct, East made amends with a series of fine saves as Ops weathered early Bay pressure.
And they took a half-time lead through Chris Slade after Ben Allon’s initial shot had been saved by the Bay keeper.
Herne Bay responded with two quick goals in the second half but Folkestone were camped in the Bay half for the final 15 minutes of the game and were rewarded when Slade equalised with the last touch of the match.
Folkestone Ladies 1sts hit back from their defeat the previous week by beating Sudbury 2-0 at home.
Third-placed Sudbury started strongly but, with new signing Lauren Eyre- Jackson making her mark and player-of-the-match Lin Cronin stopping everything that was fired at her, Folkestone went in drawing 0-0 at half-time.
Ops then took control in the second half and were rewarded with goals from Janet Fadagio and Lucy Anderson to secure a much-needed three points.
Folkestone Ladies 2nd battled to a goalless draw with Burnt Ash in difficult conditions, well led by captain Jenny Garrard.
Folkestone’s Caleb Syce, right, makes a break against Herne Bay on Saturday