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Invicta's new strike 'firm' star with a goal apiece as first home game of season ends with a fine victory



Folkestone Invicta recorded their first Ryman League Division One South victory of the 2014-15 season thanks to second half goals from strikers Paul Booth and Ian Draycott before Luke Harvey pulled a goal back for Faversham at The Fullicks Stadium on Tuesday night.

If a side is judged by the quality of its strikers then you can sense why Invicta is approaching this season with such optimism as Booth and Draycott (top pic left) would grace any team in the division.

Invicta fielded the same starting eleven that had drawn 1-1 at Three Bridges on Saturday’s opening day of the season and found Faversham strong opponents for much of the night.

After a goalless first half, Invicta upped the ante after the interval and it was 37-year-old BOOTH (bottom pic, left) who broke the deadlock in the 49thminute when he received the ball from Draycott on the right hand side and beat goalkeeper Simon Overland at his near post by hitting a great strike early.

Booth and Draycott have previously been team mates at Lewes and Maidstone United and their partnership looks like being key to Invicta this season.

The pair were involved again in Invicta’s second goal at the newly-sponsored Wilmoths Citroen End of the ground in the 60th minute when Dane Luchford took a quick free kick to Booth on the right and the latter’s cross was converted in the middle by DRAYCOTT for his second goal in the opening two league games of the season after a prolific pre-season.

Faversham were thrown a lifeline in the 74th minute when striker HARVEY hit a great strike across goal from the right hand side of the penalty area into the far corner of the net after Renford Tenyue had touched the ball on.

Dipped over

In the early exchanges, a tenth minute shot from Faversham’s Sam Bewick dipped over from the right hand side when the ball came back out to him.

Invicta then had a couple of chances of their own two minutes later when Draycott took the ball off Overland on the edge of the penalty area but central defender John Scarborough came to his side’s rescue and a Luchford shot was touched round the post for the game’s first corner after Booth had made room inside the box.

Home captain Liam Friend got a 24th minute touch to deny Darren Marsden when the ball broke in the middle and Harvey had a half chance at the far post as the stalemate continued eight minutes later.

Bewick shot at Invicta goalkeeper Tim Roberts when Tenyue pulled the ball back from the left in the 36th minute and Bewick picked his spot and shot at Roberts again from outside the penalty area a minute later after a crossfield ball from Jamie Maxted.

Faversham were enjoying a good spell as Bewick and Harvey combined to find Tenyue who tee-d himself up and let fly in the 38th minute but Roberts pushed the ball past the post for Faversham’s first corner of the game from which Maxted headed over captain Wayne Wilson’s ball in from the right.


Visiting goalkeeper Overland then made a good 41st minute close range save to deny Draycott when a Luchford free kick fell to the Invicta striker.

Booth’s goal gave Invicta a great start to the second half and the goalscorer combined with Draycott again in the 52nd minute but Aidan Sherlock got back to clear.

Faversham had to re-adjust as Dean Grant came on for injure defender Scarborough.

A deep Bewick cross from the right had Roberts back-peddling before he saved.

Draycott’s goal gave Invicta breathing space and Grant put the ball over from the right hand side as Faversham tried to make an immediate reply.

Invicta threatened again in the 63rd minute but Overland got fingertips to touch a Booth shot over the crossbar for a corner.

It became end-to-end stuff as Faversham needed a goal and a Wilson free kick was put out for a corner when Nat Blanks was penalised for a challenge on Tenyue.

Draycott burst through the middle in the 68th minute but Sherlock got back to make a saving tackle and Luchford shot at Overland, while a Maxted shot was blocked by Frankie Chappell at the other end.

Harvey’s goal then set up an exciting finish.

Overland got down to save when space opened up for Matt Newman in the 77th minute and the Invicta midfielder hit a low strike from the edge of the penalty area.


Newman then cleared two minutes later as Faversham threw players forward at the other end and a good run from Draycott down the middle took him clear of the visitors’ defence but Overland came out to save at the expense of a corner.

A good 81st minute strike from Blanks was then headed off the line when a Luchford corner from the right hand side came back out to him.

Blanks then dropped to left back as Invicta brought Jon Pilbeam and Michael Yianni on for Luchford and Roland Edge.

Faversham went pressing for an equaliser into stoppage time as Roberts held a well-struck shot from Harvey after substitute George Monger had played the ball up to Wilson.

Overland then got down to keep out a Pilbeam shot from the right hand side.

Faversham did have the ball in the net deep into stoppage time when a long throw from Bewick on the left fell to Wilson who headed the ball on or Maxted to pounce from close range but the ‘goal’ was ruled out by an assistant referee’s flag.

There were bookings for Invicta’s Luchford and Blanks and for Faversham’s Maxted, Wilson and Bewick.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Edge (Yianni 82 mins), Friend, Chappell, Newman, Luchford (Pilbeam 82 mins), Blanks, Draycott, Booth, M Everitt.  

Unused sub: Coyne, Wright.

FAVERSHAM TOWN: Overland, Sherlock, Maxted, Bewick, Bourne, Scarborough (Grant 54 mins), Wilson, Marsden (Monger 74 mins), Tenyue, Harvey, Botterill.  

Unused subs: Oliver, King, Carrington,

Attendance: 237

Corners: Invicta 6 Faversham 7