Ames hits three in Op­ti­mist win


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Homes -

FOLKE­STONE Op­ti­mist 1sts were back to their best on Satur­day with a re­sound­ing 8-0 win against Tun­bridge Wells in Kent-Sus­sex Re­gional 2.

Af­ter the pre­vi­ous week’s dis­ap­point­ing de­feat to Holcombe 2nds, Ops turned in a dev­as­tat­ing sec­ond-half per­for­mance, scor­ing seven goals.

The first half saw Ops take the lead with a well-taken goal by Tom Ames.

In the sec­ond half, Ops turned on the style with goals com­ing reg­u­larly.

Ames went on to record his first hat-trick of the sea­son, over­seas player Caleb Syce scored from close range as did skip­per Neil Bris­tow.

Nick Hop­kin and Steve Tim­mins were also on tar­get and the fi­nal goal was a solo ef­fort from Luke Smithard.

Folke­stone 2nds won 3-2 at Tun­bridge Wells – their first away suc­cess of the sea­son.

Ben Allon’s mis-hit shot caught the Wells de­fence off guard and they could only watch as it trick­led into the net.

Folke­stone added a sec­ond on the break­away through Jack Good­ing but they con­ceded a goal just be­fore half-time.

Folke­stone’s over-cau­tious start to the sec­ond half in­vited Tun­bridge on to them and it wasn’t long be­fore an equaliser was scored.

Folke­stone had the fi­nal say when a short cor­ner was worked to Sam Rans­ley who shot home.

Folke­stone 3rds were beaten 3-0 by top-of-the-ta­ble Herne Bay with all the goals com­ing in the first half.

De­spite con­ced­ing the three goals, Folke­stone keeper Chris Stephens ac­tu­ally had lit­tle to do through­out this game, with de­fend­ers Bra­zier, Walls and young­ster Alex Mes­sen­ger all play­ing well.

Joe Thresher and Jamie Miller Hast­ings were busy in mid­field and Folke­stone cre­ated a num­ber of chances through­out the game.

Steve Shaw and Dave White­head were un­lucky not to con­vert af­ter hard work from their team-mates.

Folke­stone ladies 1sts earned a point from a 1-1 draw with Waltham For­est in East Women’s League, Divi­sion 1 South.

With two goals dis­al­lowed in the first half, it looked like it was not go­ing to be Ops’ day, un­til Jo Creek eased her way through the de­fence from a short-cor­ner to open the scor­ing.

De­fen­sively, Ops were strong with the wel­come re­turn of Laura Bra­zier snuff­ing out at­tacks, the im­prov­ing Katy Pace bet­ter­ing her frus­trated op­po­nent and Janet Fuller putting in an­other solid per­for­mance

Ops pushed for­ward in the sec­ond half but were un­able to con­vert their chances, while the vis­i­tors grew in con­fi­dence and their chances in­creased.

In the last five min­utes, Waltham found an equaliser that de­nied Ops the three points.

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