M6 v Folkestone – 28th Feb 15

Folkestone – 3 v Old Bordenian 6th X1 – 0

Old Bordenian 6th’s  came across a strong Folkestone side on Saturday, when third played fourth in the league table. The home side were somewhat surprised by the attacking verve shown by the visitors who, playing some of their best hockey of the season, created a number of chances, forcing a couple of fine saves and, with a little more composure from Terry Bollard, following a delightful touch from Di Wellman, Bordenians should have taken the lead. With Matt Blades, Jamie Henley and Pat Ruane dominating midfield and Stirling Campbell and Sam Shaw providing attacking width, the OBs were a constant threat. Despite facing an excellent attacking side and missing the influential Dave Crompton, Paul Smith organised his rolling defence of Freddie Sivyer, Mick Bennett, Ash Rehal, John Twiseldon and the returning Jim Steers well and they were proving to be a difficult unit to break down. However, a well worked move from a short corner gave Folkestone the lead just before half time.

The second half saw the game open up, with the OBs, through Wellman and Ruane, driving the team forward. Chances were now more difficult to come by, as Folkestone now had an additional central defender and were closing space down more quickly. The OBs suffered a big blow when they lost Ruane to injury but still remained competitive. However, following a loss in possession in midfield, a swift Folkestone counter-attack allowed them to score a second. The home side added a third, which gave an unfair reflection to the final score. Again, a lot of credit goes to the OBs’ spirit in remaining competitive for so long against a fine Folkestone side

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