Despite a determined team-effort on Sunday afternoon (31st October) the Harlequin Ladies suffered their second home defeat in two weeks, losing out to Folkestone by 41-10, writes Jo Everett.
Quins worked their way into their opponents half from the kick-off but once possession was lost, the Folkestone centres were quick to punch holes in the Quins defence that led to the opening try of the match.
Quins raised their game and began to put pressure on the visitors but Folkestone retaliated with two further tries, thanks to the powerful running of their number eight. Harlequins refused to let their heads drop and forced Folkestone into a more defensive game. It was Vicky Gallagher's pick-up from the base of a scrum that set-up a driving maul, which allowed prop Tanya Wilson to drive through and open Quins account on the scoreboard.
The home side scored again shortly after this, thanks to the pace and handling skills of the backs. Winger Tanya Lee cut back inside and held-off the Folkestone defence to secure the points. Although Folkestone were to score two more tries before half-time, Quins were now challenging well and beginning to exert some pressure on the visitors.
The Ladies built on this in the second half, allowing Folkestone to cross the line for just one further try. Quins made much better use of their possession, coming close to scoring on several occasions, but were held out every time by the strong Folkestone defence and their well-placed kicks.
Although disappointed by a second consecutive defeat on their home ground, the Harlequins Ladies certainly improved on their performance after last week's heavy defeat by Blackheath. They now need to build on this before they continue their league campaign away to Ipswich in two weeks (Sunday 14th November).
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.