Ames hits three in Optimist win
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.