U16's beat local rivals Dover U16's.
By Alex Ruddock
A good game of rugby, with Folkestone U16's putting together some excellent phases to come out comprehensive winners.
Folkestone U16 44 Dover U16 17
Sunday 29th January 2017. Friendly game. Report from Andy Parmenter.
Folkestone U16s took on local rivals Dover in a friendly. Dover were a player short and it was agreed to play 14 a side.
Folkestone dominated the first 10 minutes and didn’t let Dover out of their half, but couldn’t make the pressure tell and good defence from Dover combined with errors allowed Dover to escape. Good drives and carries from the likes of Kiyoshi Lee-Thomas, Tommy Bartholomew, Brendan Atkinson, Michael Candido, and Tom Clarke kept Folkestone going forward.
Folkestone won ball against the head and fly half Seb Minus chipped through for winger Louis Watson to collect on Folkestone’s 10 metre line to then beat the cover defence to score Folkestone’s opening try. No conversion. 5-0. From a Dover scrum, they dropped the ball and Seb Minus collected on the Dover 10 metre line to outpace the defence to score under the posts, with the try being converted. 12-0.
A Dover penalty was collected by full back Jacob Rencen who followed up his kick to regain possession and take his side forward again. However Dover’s tackling was strong and the move didn’t progress. Folkestone and Dover each had a player sin binned, Folkestone for a high tackle and Dover for retaliation. However the penalty remained in Dover’s favour and they kicked to the corner. From the line out the ball went to the centres and with a basic loop and missed the tackle the try was under the posts. 12-7.
More Folkestone pressure, but with no reward and the match was being played between the half way line and Dover’s 22. Errors and not letting the ball do the work stopped Folkestone from adding to the score until the last few minutes when good carrying, offloading and handling sucked in Dover’s defence and created an overlap. Brendan Atkinson burst away from the breakdown, drew the last defender before passing to Louis Watson to score his second try. No conversion. Half time 17 -7.
Following a few changes at half time with Louis Watson moving to full-back and Josh Graham coming onto the wing and Zi Hines replacing Joseph Himbury at tight head, Folkestone found it hard to break Dover’s strong defence. An infringement at the scrum by Dover gave Folkestone a free kick and a quick tap and go by Nat Parmenter, starting his first game at scrum half, took the ball 20 metres to Dover’s 22 when he passed to Mark Ip-Lloyd who sprinted under the posts for Louis Watson to convert. 24-7.
Folkestone started to play heads up rugby and kept play in Dover’s half. However a breakaway by Dover saw their scrum half tackled into touch by Nat Parmenter. The Dover No 9 took umbrage and swung a punch in front of referee Martin Murray who was delighted to produce another yellow card. Unfortunately the penalty kick fell to a Dover player who sprinted round the slow Folkestone defence to score on the other side of the pitch to make the score 24 -12.
Folkestone rotated players, with Sam Perez and Simon Goodden coming on for Josh Graham and Seb Minus. A quick tap and go from Simon Goodden almost led to a score, and Sam Perez worked well with Michael Candido following a searing break from Michael Candido before a covering tackle from Dover bundled Sam Perez into touch. Folkestone turned over the ball from the resulting line out and after a series of pick and goes which ended just short, Luke Down managed to cross for an unconverted try. 29-12. Folkestone were camped in Dover’s half leading to the visitors conceding a penalty and with Simon Goodden taking a quick tap Dover failed to retreat. From the new penalty, Will Guy took the ball to the line before it was recycled and Luke Down went over for his second. 34-12.
The kick off was knocked on by Folkestone and from the scrum Dover worked a fast blind side move with their full back taking the ball from the scum half at pace to sprint in from 40 metres, beating four tackles on the way. 34-17.
Folkestone came straight back and were dominating territory and possession. From a Folkestone scrum 10 metres from Dover’s try line, the ball popped out and Joseph Himbury, on at flanker, was first to react and passed to Nat Parmenter who scored. 39-17.
Folkestone collected the kick-off and drove up the field. From a scrum a set move was called by number 8 Tom Clarke. He picked up at the base, passed to Simon Goodden the it went to Louis Watson who was caught a couple of metres out. Tom Clarke, who had carried and driven excellently all game, was there in support to take the pass from Louis Watson to crash over the line. No conversion and the full time whistle was blown.
Final result Folkestone 44 - Dover 17.
Overall a good game of rugby, with Folkestone putting together some excellent phases to come out comprehensive winners. A good team performance and the Coaches felt all had contributed so no man of the match was awarded.
Team: 15 Jacob Rencen; 14 Louis Watson, 13 Michael Candido, 12 Tommy Bartholomew, 11 Josh Graham;
10 Seb Minus, 9 Nat Parmenter; 1 Will Guy, 2 Kiyoshi Lee-Thomas, 3 Joseph Himbury; 4 Ethan Gilham, 5 Brendan Atkinson; 6 Luke Down, 7 Mark Ip-Lloyd (Captain), 8 Tom Clarke.
Subs: 16 Zi Hines, 17 Simon Goodden, 18 Sam Perez.
Scorers: Louis Watson 5, 5, 2; Seb Minus 5; Mark Ip-Lloyd 5; Luke Down 5, 5; Nat Parmenter 5; Tom Clarke 5.