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Great goals are the highlights of a lively lunchtime affair

FOLKESTONE INVICTA 5

GUERNSEY 2

Folkestone Invicta were in the goals again as they hit another five past Guernsey in their lunchtime kick at The Fullciks Stadium.

Neil Cugley’s side has now scored at least five goals in their last three home matches after putting six past South Park on Thursday night.

Jordan Wright (2), Ian Draycott (2) and Ashley Miller scored the goals to give Invicta three points and end a run of three draws against Guernsey in their previous three Ryman League Division One South meetings.

The win also took Invicta to within two points of second placed Faversham Town and that gap remained the same after the Lilywhites lost 3-2 at home to Whyteleafe as they fell short after coming back from 3-0 down.

This was an entertaining game from the start and will be remembered for some quality goals as Guernsey’s prolific Ross Allen also scored twice.

Draycott - pictured, top of page -  hit another couple of goals from outside the penalty area for Invicta to go clear at the top of the division’s goalscoring charts for a couple of hours until South Park’s Chris Smith also scored twice at Chipstead, while find of the season Wright opened and closed the scoring with two more goals.

Invicta were forced into one change as Ronnie Dolan came in for Jon Pilbeam who had injured a shoulder during the second half of Thursday night’s 6-0 win over South Park.

With the temperature having dropped the game was played in cold and windy conditions but got off to an action-packed start.

The home side opened the scoring as early as the second minute following a throw in on the right when visiting goalkeeper and captain Chris Tardif twice denied Miller before WRIGHT - left - put the ball into the net to score for a third successive home match.

Guernsey soon responded and Marc McGrath’s shot from the right hand side of the penalty area was well saved by Invicta goalkeeper Tim Roberts.

Roberts then made a superb reflex save to deny Allen after Kieran Mahon sent over the first corner of the game on  seven minutes and home captain Liam Friend cleared Allen’s follow up effort.

Invicta looked like increasing their lead in the 11th minute when Miller received the ball from Draycott and went  past two players but shot over the bar.

A 12th minute Matt Newman shot deflected off defender Jamie Dodd and over the crossbar for the Folkestone side’s first corner and Micheal Everitt shot at Tardif from outside the penalty area on the quarter of an hour mark.

Guernsey went close again as their top goalscorer McGrath’s shot was blocked by Frankie Chappell and fell to Allen but Roberts saved and clawed the ball away at the expense of a corner.

At the other end, Miller found Wright down the left hand side of the penalty area and the latter’s shot was blocked for a corner. When the ball came cross from the left to Chappell at the far post the central defender’s header back across goal hit the post.

Allen’s volley from outside the penalty area warmed Roberts’ hands as the frantic action continued.

And Invicta went 2-0 up seconds later when DRAYCOTT hit another screamer from the right that appeared to be going wide of the far post but swerved back into the far corner of the net on 19 minutes.

The Invicta goal of the season award may be monopolised by Draycott – there are now 35 of his from which the choose!

Allen took the ball on again and hit a low shot wide from the edge of the penalty area and Matt Loaring failed to find the target a minute later when Roberts found himself outside his goal and cleared straight to the Guernsey player who had scored in this corresponding fixture – a 1-1 draw - last season.

A 39th minute Allen shot on the turn from just outside the penalty area lacked sufficient power to beat Roberts.

But ALLEN soon showed his class to make it 2-1 in the 42nd minute when he received the ball from Ryan Zico-Black and showed great skill to jink past two players down the left hand side of the box before hitting  a sweet strike into the far corner.

Invicta had penalty appeals turned down on the hour mark when Miller appeared to have been brought down by Thomas De La Mare after going past Dodd.

Plenty of similar challenges had resulted in free kicks during the match and a penalty is, after all, a foul inside the area, but it has to be said that referee Steve Brown and at least one of his assistants, had poor games.

With the (non) penalty decision fresh in everybody’s minds, Invicta increased their lead after Loaring was penalised for a foot-up challenge on Newman and DRAYCOTT struck again when he drilled the low 62nd minute free kick into the net.

It was 4-1 just two minutes later when Draycott found Dolan and an outstanding ball in from the midfielder was headed in by MILLER (right)

Guernsey cut the arrears on 68 minutes when ALLEN punished an uncharacteristic slip by Friend and slotted the ball into the net.

Miller went down again inside the penalty area in the 70th minute but this was far less clear cut than the earlier appeal.

The final goal came deep into stoppage time as Newman battled to get the ball through to substitute Richard Atkins who released Draycott but Tardif made a great save to deny the striker a hat-trick, only for WRIGHT to follow up and score again.

There was barely time for Guernsey to kick off.

There were bookings for Invicta’s Newman (29th minute foul) and Wraight (84th minute challenge on substitute Craig Young) and for Guernsey’s Kieran Mahon (53rd minute challenge on Everitt), Dodd (protesting after Invicta third goal) and Strawbridge (82nd minute challenge on Atkins).

Invicta have now won all four of their home matches since a January reverse against Whitstable Town.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Blanks, Friend, Chappell, Newman, Wright, Dolan (Wraight 81), Draycott, Miller (Atkins 78), M. Everitt.  Unused subs: Edge, Palmer, Fender.  

GUERNSEY: Tardif, L Mahon (Young 64), De La Mare, Dodd, Strawbridge, K Mahon, McGrath (Steel 82), Zico-Black (Winch 88), Heaume, Allen, Loaring.   Unused sub: Hutton. 

Attendance: 280.

Corners: Invicta 6 Guernsey 5