M1 v Folkestone – 18th March 2017

Old Bordenian 1st X1 – 1

Folkestone – 2

Saturday saw OBHC travel to Folkestone for one of the most crucial games of the season as only 1 point separated both teams in 2nd and 3rd places and Folkestone had suffered a heavy defeat at Old Boys HQ. Both teams were eager to stamp their authority on the game from the start with a quick paced game and end to end play, the umpires allowing the game to flow nicely. Folkestone struggled to outlet from the back with OBs’ forward line pressing intelligently and aggressively, leading to mistakes which saw short corners won and missed and open play attempts on goal but nothing coming to fruition. Both teams went in at half time goalless but knowing they were now in a game and one that could easily tip either way. The second half, as per the first, started with OBs pressuring hard from the start and making some good tackles right across the pitch and with a neat bit of skill Iain Burwood beat two defenders, drawing a foul and winning a short corner, creating an opportunity to take the game by the scruff of the neck and that they did with a rebound off the ‘keeper and Mike Willis volleying the ball home: 1-0. Folkestone slowly crept back into the game and some relentless pressure saw them grab an equaliser sooner after from a decent squeeze at the top of the D beating Richard Ford to the back post. The clock was counting down with both sides having good chances to take the lead again, with OBs getting increasingly frustrated, having numerous short corners but being unable to convert them. From a breakaway counter-attack, Folkestone managed to take the advantage and scored an open play goal, giving them the lead which both teams were desperate for. The game finished 2-1 which means Folkestone have leap frogged OBs by two points, and this, combined with top of the table Tunbridge Wells winning again, means that second place is now the target in the hope that a playoff place becomes available.

Next up Old Boys take on Sevenoaks at home next Saturday, 13:30PB

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