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 SCORE 1-3      GATE  619

DATE  08/02/20. 

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Second placed Folkestone Invicta suffered a setback as they were beaten 3-1 at home to fifth-placed Carhslaotn Athletic at The BuildKent Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

This was not Invicta’s day as Carshalton were 2-0 up at half time courtesy of captain Paris Hamilton-Downes (penalty) and Daniel Pappoe and then raced into a 3-0 lead very early in the second half through Ola Sogabnmu.

The performance of second half substitute Tyler Sterling was the highlight of Invicta’s afternoon as the 17-year-old pulled a goal back with an exceptional 81st minute strike.

Invicta had gone into the game on the back of four successive wins in all competitions. But this was always going to be a testing afternoon against a Carshalton side that home manager Neil Cugley rates as good as any in this season’s BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division.

Circumstances conspired to go against Invicta as the week went on. Tuesday night’s League Cup postponement at Basildon United meant that captain Callum Davies – Invicta’s last ever present this season until today – had to sit this one out suspended on his 27th birthday having been sent off in the previous home match against Hornchurch.Left back Alfie Paxman was also suspended having been given an additional two match ban after being charged with misconduct by the FA for his reaction to his controversial sending off at Brightlingsea Regent on the first weekend of January. Paxman had already served a three-match ban following his red card. News of Paxman’s unavailability came as late as Thursday after it had been agreed to loan Sam Hasler to Ashford United, for whom the latter scored twice in a 3-0 win away to Hastings United on Saturday.

Former Carshalton Athletic striker Jerson Dos Santos also failed a fitness test to give the home side another absentee.

Player-coach Micheal Everitt did declare himself fit having been expetced to be out with an achilles tendon / ankle injury that had seen him go off injured early in the previous weekend’s 3-1 win away to East Thurrock United.

Ian Draycott was also back in the squad for the first time since joining Chatham Town on loan in October.

A feelgood story going into the game was right back Josh Vincent cptaining Invicta on his 30th birthday in the absence of fellow birthday boy Davies.

Carshalton Athletic striker and one-time Invicta target Harry Ottaway also sat this one out in the stands with an ankle injury sustained the previous weekend at home to leaders Worthing.

The visitors did have the skliful Ricky Korboa back in their starting X1 and he got a fourth minute shot in after a Sogbanmu touch but couldnt get it past home goalkeeper Tim Roberts.

Everitt was booked for a 12th minute trip on Korboa on the halfway line.

A 15th minute Ronnie Dolan ball in from the right was met by a diving Everitt but he couldn’t get enough on his header to guide it in.

Vincent escaped sanction for a challenge on Korboa that resulted in referee Lee Dyson speaking to an irate visiting bench.

It was Korboa involved again as the visitors were awarded their penalty as he ran into the box before being bundled over by Dolan. Skipper HAMILTON-DOWNES stepped up to convert the subsequent 32nd minute spot kick.

A Pappoe header found Christie Pattison in space on the right hand side four minutes later whose ball into the box was too far in front of Korboa in the middle.

It was 2-0 in the 38th minute when a Jordan Cheadle corner from the left led to a scramble inside the home penalty area before PAPPOE put the ball into the net.

Invicta do not lose many home matches but Pappoe had also been on the scoresheet when Carshalton also won here last season with two late golas in a 3-2 victory. Striker Dos Santos – now at Invicta – had also scored for The Robins that night.

The corner that led to the second goal here had been gained by that man Korboa who was soon in the wars again after a foul by Dolan.

Pattison hit a specatacular volley from the edge of the penalty area over the bar during first half stoppage time after a Hamilton-Downes throw in from the right was headed out.

Any hopes Invicta harboured of saving the day during the second half suffered a major blow just after the interval following a Cheadle corner freom the right when Pappoe’s subsequent 47th minute cross was sliced in by SOGBANMU.

At the other end, a Scott Heard corner from the right a minute later was met by Everitt but the visitors survived.

Kieron McCann and Heard combined to find Johan Ter Horst on the right hand side when the latter’s low 51st minute shot flashed across goal and wide of the far post.

Invicta brought on Draycott – one of the greats from their recent past – and Sterling – one for the future – and top goalscorer Ira Jackson also burst into life for a second half spell.

A 61st minute Jackson shot from a central position just outside the penalty area deflected off defender Danny Dudley and over the crossbar after Nat Blanks had won the ball.

Carshalton’s time wasting and play acting was surprising for a side 3-0 up and usually renowned as a side for the purists.

But it was Invicta that picked up each of the game’s bookings and it was Ter Horst who was cautioned for a foul as he went down inside the penalty area after a 71st minute move when Draycott found fellow substitute Sterling who ran across the edge of the penalty area before picking out Heard.

STERLING had made a couple of enterprising runs and crowned only his third senior substitute appearance with a memorable first senior goal as he unleashed a stunner into the top corner from outside the penalty area in the 81st minute when the ball came out after Draycott had found Heard on the right.

Korboa made room for himself but fired over from just outside the penalty area two minutes later.

Draycott attempted an audacious 86th minute chip from 35 yards but was wide of the target as Invicta tried to set up a grandstand finish.

A deep 88th minute Jackson free kick from the left was met by a Vincent header at the far post and Sterling’s shot in the box was blocked before Dolan’s subsequnet strike was also charged down when the ball came back out. The free kick had been gained by Jackson who was fouled by Bobby Price after he had beaten the right back and another defender on the left hand touchline.

Kleton Perntreou made a stunning stoppage time save to deny Vincent a birthday goal as the goalkeeper pushed the volley over the crossbar after a Dolan ball in from the right was met by Blanks at the far post.

Invicta’s ‘man’ of the moment Sterling became the game’s third booking as he went through Dudley with a late stoppage time challenge.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Blanks, Newman, O’Mara, Dolan, Heard, Everitt (Draycott 52 mins), Jackson, Ter Horst, McCann (Sterling 66 mins).  Unused subs: Jones, Newcombe.

CARSHALTON ATHLETIC: Perntreou, Price, Hamilton-Downes, Pappoe, Dudley, Cheadle, Sogbanmu (Koroma 69 mins), Korboa (White 83 mins), Pattison (Kershaney 88 mins), Haxhiu, Read.  Unused subs: Parez, Adeiyi.

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