Saturday December 5 – London 3 South East
Folkestone 23 – 5 Pulborough
Martin Read – Sports Reporter
Pulborough slipped to sixth after losing away from home again, Folkestone usurping Borough’s fourth spot.
In gale conditions during the first half, Charlie Mears got over the line for severely depleted Borough but they conceded two unconverted tries and two penalties to trail 16-5 at the break. Although having the wind in their favour in the second half Borough were unable to boost their score, Folkestone adding a converted try to run out comfortable winners.
Coach Clayton Saunders, obliged to play himself because of senior absences, told the District Post: “The Folkestone pack dominated but Ewan Calloway returning from a prolonged injury and colt Luke Kilford played well for us. Yet, it was frustrating to see our lack of control, especially in the first half.
“We were more disciplined in the second session but non availability for away matches is a problem – we’ve lost all four away games, whereas with our full side out we’ve won all five at home, including a great win over Bromley who are now top. We’ve got strong contenders Aylesford Bulls at home tomorrow (Saturday December 12) – they’ve won eight of their nine games to date, including a narrow victory against Eastbourne last week. But I’ve got a quandary – do I select those who come to training and travel to play in away games in preference to the more experienced regulars who only playing at home?)”