Folkestone were edged out 16-13 by second-placed Bromley in a thrilling London League 4 South East game on Saturday.
With Keith Green making an impressive debut at fly-half. Folkestone were always in contention but in the end Bromley battled to a deserved victory because they were more resolute and showed more composure when the chips were down.
Folkestone led 10-8 at the break thanks to a Ben Brooks try, converted by Seyhan Fell, who also kicked a penalty.
Early in the second half Fell made it 13-8 with another penalty, but Bromley then stepped up a gear and levelled the scores with an unconverted try.
Folkestone then paid the price for a defensive error, with Bromley taking the lead 16-13 through a penalty, and although they applied plenty of late pressure the Stones were unable to claw their way back in front.