An impressive performance by Folkestone 3rds on home ground.
By Alex Ruddock
An end result of 96? Or 77 - 12 and a 16 try??? (Mathematics not a strong point?)
Folkestone 3rdXV (96) or 77? 52 Deal Betteshanger3rdXV 12
Saturday 12th January. Shepherd Neame Five Grain 4 East. Report: Ross Clark.
An impressive performance by Folkestone 3’s on home ground with an end result of 96? Or 77 - 12 and a 16 try??? (Anyway actual League Rules only allow a maximum of 40 points difference.) (Mathematics not a strong point?) fest by Folkestone, built on a very experienced pack and bravado and pace from their young guns in the backs.
The first half-hour was particularly impressive with the powerful Folkestone pack of Keith Packham, Shane Hills, David Howland, Kevin Gurr, Justin Lloyd-Cowden, Paul Bartlett, Jordan Nock and Callum Gibson (substitute David Williams) constantly driving the bewildered Deal Betteshanger pack backwards, even taking several against the head. This set a fantastic platform for the backs to play off, but not before the forwards had had their say. Scoring was opened by Paul ‘Forrest Gump’ Bartlett running an impressive thirty metres to outrun the Deal Betteshanger flanker twenty years his junior to score his try. Clearly running in a fashion where he was driven to purchase the last pie in the shop.
Despite the score-line, Deal’s performance should be commended. They never gave up, kept their heads in the game and put together some lovely phases of play. In the second half, they were well rewarded with 2 tries in quick succession. The first coming courtesy of a barreling run from their fly-half, and the next a short drive by their forwards.
In a fantastic full-team effort, several players deserve special mentions:
Daniel Woolford in just his second match of the season, led the back line in successive attacks, resulting in several tries. Despite complaining of a lack of fitness, he was impressive on the break, scoring once and only prevented from scoring a second when he dropped the ball inches from the try line.
Shane ‘Mountain’ Hills collected a brace of tries, one which involved him running from the halfway line to score under the posts, after a crunching tackle saw Callum Gibson prevent a well-worked Deal attack and turn the ball over to supply him.
Jack (I’m really a hooker) Cox was demoted to the backs for the day, but didn’t seem to miss life in the front row, as he scored three tries and six conversions with his lazy kicking action.
Winger Jerome Kilbride scored, as did fellow backs, Joseph Hurling, Thomas Nunn (2) and Daniel Woolford.
Scrum half and Captain, Ross Clark led the side stoutly, boasting several assists, having been given a dream platform by the pack and a multitude of options out wide, as the backs grew into the game and became hungry for work.
Forwards David Howland and Callum Gibson made countless carries, creating vital momentum and providing many opportunities for those playing off their shoulders. Having played such a pivotal part in the match, all were surprised that neither were granted the tries they so well deserved, although both were involved in one of the final tries, as the mighty stones pack drove Deal over the line, allowing Number 8, David Williams the simplest of scores from the back of the scrum.
As requested before kick-off, the full squad gave endless commitment, worked hard for each other, and came away with the win.
Overall a very satisfying and enjoyable victory by the mighty 3’s.
Team: 1) David Howland, 2) Shane Hills, 3) Keith Packham; 4) Kevin Gurr, 5) Callum Gibson;
6) Jordan Nock, 7) Paul Bartlett, Justin Lloyd-Cowden; 9) Ross Clark, 10) Daniel Woolford; 11) Paul Croucher, 12) Jack Cox, 13) Thomas Nunn, 14) Anthony Pace; 15) Jerome Kilbride.
Subs: 16) Jamie Brown, 17) David Williams, 19) Steven Rees, 20) Joseph Hurling.
Scorers: Paul Bartlett 5; Daniel Woolford 5; Shane Hills 5, 5; Jack Cox 5, 2, 5, 2, 5, 2, 2, 2, 2; Jerome Kilbride 5; Joseph Hurling 5, Thomas Nunn 5, 5; David Williams 5.