Folkestone Rugby Club

Gravesend 0 FRFC 67

by Phil Cooper

And then there was none

by Steve Hughes

Folkestone travelled to Gravesend to fulfill the Club's last fixture

of the season and certainly went out with a bang.They had a little help

from Jack McMurray, Jack Cox, Moose Murray and Jon Morton who helped

raise the momentum of the game and the side were consequently too

strong for the opposition.

In perefect weather for a game of rugby Folkestone opened up in a cavalier style normally related to the play by the Barbarians. The game

was fast and furious with some delightful moves and ball handling

skills not normally associated with the Third XV. Everybody got

involved and enjoyed a feast of rugby in which there were nine tries,

six conversions and two penalties.

If Simon Pett's side could play this style of rugby every week without

the support mentioned previously they will surely win the League next

year.

Newcomers coming through the ranks are Ian Curtis a big strong

centre, Jamie Slater, Tom Nunn and Ross Clark all confident and

competent threequarters. In the pack we had the stalwards (notice I

dropped the 'old') in Peter White, Alex Box and Nobby Clark as the

front three with Tony Bass, Ben Stringer, Simon Petts, Dave Tumber,

Gareth Webber, Alan Bacon switching places as subs behind them.

Morton opened the scoring with a penalty followed by a McMurray try

which Morton converted. The side then really got into gear with a try

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by The Moose (his first of the season), Cai Ap Bryn, Cox and Ricky

Wincote (nice to see him back) another by McMurray and a final flourish

by Ross Clark adding two tries with some lovely finishing touches.

Cox and Morton shared the conversions between them which varied between

the standard place kick and drop kicks.

An excellent game of open rugby to watch made all the more interesting

as Gravesend never gave up and kept on plugging away until the end.

Unfortunately it appears that they will be relegated next year which is

a pity for a team with such spirit and determination needs to retain

its place without having to fight in future to be elevated once more.

However, good luck to them and hope we see them back season after next.

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