Ill-discipline costs Pulborough

JPCT S12480467X 24-11-12 Pulborough Rugby action vs Folkestone -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT S12480467X 24-11-12 Pulborough Rugby action vs Folkestone -photo by Steve Cobb

Pulborough RFC were left to rue a lack of discipline in the dying minutes of their 13=12 loss to Folkestone in London South East 3 on Saturday.

Leading 12-10 with minutes to go, a Boro tap penalty in their half was adjudged to have been knocked-on, and when the decision was contested, visitors Folkestone were awarded a penalty of their own, which was kicked to steal a last-gasp win.

There was a theme of ill-discipline throughout as skipper Richard Nicholls was sin-binned and prop Mickey Clay was sent off.

“It was a good game, but having led 12-5 we really threw it away, it was the ill discipline for us,” Nicholls said.

“Full credit to Folkestone though, they stuck at it and got the points when it mattered.”

Ollie Coombe-Tennant set Pulborough on their way with an early try after a surging tight drive. The Black and Whites stuck to their game plan of getting the ball along the line as often as they could in the treacherous conditions.

But Folkestone pounced to ensure it was level at the break with a well-worked try in the left corner after the ball had gone through several hands.

Pulborough made a good start to the second half as well. A catch and drive from a lineout saw Josh Haulkner go over, and when Lee Everett kicked the conversion, it looked as if the hosts might be on their way to a third league victory of their maiden London Leagues campaign.

Folkestone, a place above Pulborough in the London SE 3 table, had other ideas though, and ensured the match was on a knife edge going into the closing stages when they scored a try from a tap penalty but missed the resulting conversion.

Pulborough’s lapse in discipline at the death then made all the difference when Folkestone kicked the crucial three points to claim the win.