Ops slip to con­vinc­ing de­feat at leaders Bay

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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

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