A tough win against Westcombe Park U17's in the League.
By Alex Ruddock
Folkestone defence held out to gain a victory by 2 points.
Folkestone U17 31 Westcombe Park U17 29
Sunday 8th October 2017. Report from Andy Parmenter.
Folkestone U17’s entertained Westcombe Park in the league and following their disjointed and disappointing out at Beckenham the young Stones needed a win.
However Westcombe Park were first out of the blocks when Folkestone infringed. Park kicked to touch and from the line out tried to drive a maul, but the home pack held firm and the ball was sent wide. A couple of phases later Park were over the line for an unconverted try. 0-5.
Folkestone came back and a break by Louis Watson passed to Jacob Rencen into space who then put Sam Perez into space when a last ditch cover tackle knocked Perez into touch. Folkestone then chased a kick which the winger dropped and from the resulting scrum Seb Minus broke blind to score. No conversion and the score was 5-5. Folkestone defended well as Park kept attacking but they couldn’t find a way through. Folkestone were winning turnovers and pinching lineouts which disrupted Park’s momentum.
Unfortunately Park managed to break tackles and others were missed in the backline which allowed a score close to the posts. No conversion. 5-10. From the kick off Folkestone turned the ball over and had to defend strongly. On the Folkestone 10 metre line Watson ripped the ball in a tackle and found Ross Gilchrist who burst through 3 or 4 tackles to take the ball deep into the Park 22. With his momentum slowed Gilchrist passed to supporting player, Nat Parmenter, who touched down and Tyler Edwards converted. 12–10.
With the clock ticking down to half time, Folkestone won their scrum close to their tryline. A poor clearance kick didn’t gain much ground. From the lineout, Park had a couple of close drives before the ball was spun out to their backs and their centre scored next to the posts and with the conversion successful the half time whistle blew. 12 – 17.
The second half started in a similar way to the first half with Park scoring. Park’s centre, a good player, set off on a mazy run, helped by a few missed tackles, or tacklers going in to high and being handed off, before throwing a wide pass. All good so far, but the pass was about 5 metres forward. However the referee allowed the score to stand. No conversion. 12-22.
Folkestone didn’t let their heads drop and drives by Will Guy and Brendon Atkinson took Folkestone deep into Park territory. From a line out 15 metres from the Park try line, Ki Lee-Thomas, hit his man and from the pre-called move Edwards took the ball forward. Quick recycling took play into the centre of the pitch and a weighed kick from Minus who’d moved to flyhalf was caught on the try line by Mark Ip-Lloyd who hung on to score, with Edwards converting. 19-22.
Folkestone were starting to string phases together and looked as though they would score, when missed tackles, again, allowed Park to score a converted try to make it 19-29 with 10 minutes remaining.
The match started to break up and lost its shape. Frustration by the players led to a couple of bouts of handbags, and 2 Park players were lucky not to be binned for tip tackles.
With the clock running down and according to the referee 3 minutes remained, Folkestone won a penalty mid pitch and between the 10 metre and 22 lines. A great kick by Minus put Folkestone 5 metre out. Although Stones won the lineout, they knocked on at the next phase. Park had the put in at the scrum. A good drive by the Stones pack caused the ball to pop out on the blind side. The Park scrum half picked up, but Parmenter ripped the ball and spun over the line for his second try. With no conversion the scores stood at 24-29 and little time to play.
From the kick off Michael Candido caught the ball, passed to Sam Perez, back to Michael Candido and the off loaded to Nat Parmenter. Candido looped and received the ball back before spotting a gap in the tiring Park defence. He then out sprinted round the cover to score under the pasts. With the scores level, Tyler Edwards stepped up to kick to give Folkestone the lead. The ball safely through the posts gave a 2 point lead, and the referee still didn’t blow for full-time.
Typical Folkestone then conceded a penalty and the kick for touch saw Park move up to the Stones 22 and the referee announced last play. Park, whose lineout had been disrupted most of the match, decided to throw it to the front man on a set move. To their disappointment and Folkestone’s joy the ball didn’t go 5 metres. Free kick to Folkestone and the ball was cleared to safety with the final whistle. Final score 31 – 29.
Team: 15- Jacob Rencen; 14 – Sam Perez, 13 – Louis Watson, 12 – Ross Gilchrist, 11 - Josh Graham; 10 – Michael Candido, 9 – Seb Minus; 1 – Will Guy, 2 – Ki Lee-Thomas, 3 –Finn Peters; 4 – Brendon Atkinson, 5 – Thomas Clark; 6 – Nat Parmenter, 7 – Mark Ip-Lloyd, 8 – Tyler Edwards.
Subs: 16 – Joe Himbury, 17 Simon Goodden.
Scorers: Seb Minus 5; Nat Parmenter 5, 5; Tyler Edwards 2, 2, 2; Mark Ip Lloyd 5; Michael Candido 5.