Medway were a young side coached in the art of moving the ball into the open spaces.
Folkestone had difficulty in realising that rather than commit players to the ruck or maul Medway left the minimum number to secure the ball while the rest of the side filled the three-quarter line and easily created the overlap.
Folkestone 2ndXV 10 Medway 3rdXV 45
Saturday 4th November 2017. Shepherd Neame Premier 2 East. Report by Steve Hughes.
Folkestone were completely unprepared for their fit and mobile visitors and conceded the first try within 60 seconds. Medway were a young side coached in the art of moving the ball into the open spaces and within twenty minutes had racked up 21 points (three converted tries) without a response. Folkestone had difficulty in realising that rather than commit players to the ruck or maul Medway left the minimum number to secure the ball while the rest of the side filled the three-quarter line and easily created the overlap. It was only down to the increased tackling that Folkestone were able to stem the tide and in the forefront were Joby Crystal, Jordan Godden, Will Turner, Colby Hayward and Charlie Kitchenham.
The three-quarters also stepped up to the mark and were able to limit further scoring to two tries, one of which was converted.
Half time score 0 - 33.
It was a strange half with Folkestone having the better of the territorial advantage but having to suffer the odd dropped ball or knock-on to undermine their capability.
The second half was a better performance by Folkestone who constantly put the visitors under pressure but found difficulty in breaking down their defence. At one point they camped on the Medway try line but failed to cross it. Medway then broke away with some delightful inter-passing and backing up to score another converted try. 0 -40.
Folkestone then fought back with an individual try by Shane Hills who shrugged off would be attackers to cross under the posts but the conversion was missed 5 - 40. Again Folkestone had the better of the territorial advantage but could not break down the young, fit Medway Academy players who obviously had been coached as a team. Folkestone on the other hand had a mixture of players, a number of whom had not played together previously.
Another sortie by the home side saw them take the ball up the right wing to find Danny Theyers in space and his dash for the corner secured them another unconverted try - 10 - 40. Medway managed to squeeze in another unconverted try to make the final score 10 – 45.
Folkestone just lost the second half by 10 - 12!!!!!
Other players of note were Mason Colchester-Long, Nick Ryall together with the old man of the side David Howland.
Team: Luke Simpson; Jack Shorter, Nick Ryall, Shane Hills, Anthony Pace; Will Turner, Jordan Godden; James Archer, Lewis Oakley, David Howland; Brice Dempster, Mason Colchester-Long; Colby Hayward, James Stewart, Charlie Kitchenham.
Subs: Joby Crystal, Danny Theyers.
Scorers: Shane Hills 5; Danny Theyers 5.