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 SCORE   6 - 2    Gate 318

DATE 01/12/18.  For the Match Preview click HERE

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Corners: Invicta 9 Merstham 3

Folkestone Invicta enjoyed a comprehensive win as they hit Merstham for six at a wet Fullicks Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Ian Draycott scored a hat-trick and Alfie Paxman hit a brace.

It was raining goals during the first half as Invicta raced into a 3-0 lead within the opening quarter of an hour. Merstham got back in it at 3-2 but the Folkestone side led 4-2 at half time at the interval and then scored at the start and end of the second half.

As well as the goals and the three points, Invicta had further cheer as Scott Heard came on as a late substitute for his first appearance since a knee operation and his first game since a 3-3 draw away to Hendon at the end of January.

Invicta had not scored in the F. A. Trophy at Woking the previous Saturday or in Tuesday night’s goalless draw at Whitehawk but kept the same starting X1 that had been used in midweek in Brighton.

The home side attacked from the start as Draycott sent over the game’s first corner from the right hand side in the third minute that was met by Kieron McCann and Ade Yusuff’s shot was blocked from close range.

It was DRAYCOTT that opened the scoring in the eighth minute when he rifled a shot in from the edge of the box that goalkeeper Amadou Tangara got a hand to and looked like keeping out but it crept in.

PAXMAN made it 2-0 in the tenth minute when he scored in off the post after Draycott had played him through when Merstham lost possession inside their own half.

McCANN was the next home player to score as he made it 3-0 in the 15th minute when he put the rebound in after initially chipping against the crossbar when Finn O’Mara put him through after combining with Paxman.

At the other end, Tom Bird received the ball from captain Kershaney Samuels and played a 19th minute ball into the Invicta box where both Walter Figueira and Calum Davies had shots blocked before tom Kavanagh rifled a low shot well wide.

McCann burst forward after intercepting Merstham attack a minute later when his ball into the box was cleared by Ben Harrison.

Merstham then pulled a goal back in the 24th minute via a low BIRD free kick from an inviting central position just outside the penalty area that appeared to go under the wall.

The ball then fell to Invicta striker Yusuff who took his shot early but Tangara got behind it.

Merstham made a first half change as Simon Copper came on for Harrison.

Two goals in two minutes then saw the game twist and twist again.

Merstham were right back in it when Gus SOW made it 3-2 from close range in the 30th minute after a Figueira ball into the box from the left hand side after he had received it from Samuels.

But Invicta made it 4-2 a minute later as DRAYCOT was there to follow up when McCann had been denied from close range after home captain Callum Davies had played the ball up to Yusuff.

Home goalkeeper Tim Roberts got across to palm away a 36th minute Bird free kick and Figueira then fired wide from the left hand side.

Bird it another well-struck free kick and this time got height on it in the 45th minute but Roberts saved after McCann had barged Cooper over.

Merstham made a change at half time as Tayshan Hayden-Smith replaced Kavanagh.

But any hopes Merstham had of staging a second half revival were soon rocked as it was 5-2 in the 47th minute when Tangara could only push a DRAYCOTT free kick from the left into the net.

For goalkeeper Tangara it was an afternoon to forget.

For Draycott it was a hat-trick – the first by an Invicta player since John Ter horst at Staines back in April. It was Draycott’s fifth hat-trick for the club in his fifth season at Invicta and his first since a 4-2 win at Peacehaven & Telscombe in April 2016.

A 66th minute Bird corner from the right hand side caused problems inside the Invicta penalty area when Phil Starkey cleared from the line.

O’Mara then played a good bal forward to McCann on the left for Invicta a minute later when the latter let fly but this time Tangara got across to save at the expense of a corner.

It was O’Mara who hit a low 74th minute shot from outside the box narrowly wide of the post after a Paxman pass.

An 83rd minute Bird ball into the Invicta box was touched on by Figueira but a stretching Davies couldn’t quite latch onto it.

A double Invicta substitution saw Kane Rowland replace Yusuff and, perhaps more significantly, Heard make his return for Micheal Everitt. Youth team captain Ethan Madden also made a first senior appearance of the season at left back as a late replacement for Nat Blanks.

Heard was involved in the final goal as he played the ball out to PAXMAN on the right who raced past his defender and slotted the ball in at the near post for his second goal of the game.

There were bookings for Invicta’s Everitt (stopping the taking of a 33rd minute free kick), Yusuff (dissent in the 38th minute), Starkey (50th minute challenge on Bird) and O’Mara (shooting after the whistle had blown in the 65th minute) and for Merstham’s Kavanagh (37th minute), Cooper (54th minute), Sow (69th minute foul) and Samuels (79th minute).

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Starkey, Blanks (Madden 89 mins), O’Mara, Davies, Paxman, Newman, Everitt (Heard 84 mins), Draycott, Yusuff (Rowland 84 mins), McCann.   Unused subs: Baker, Shaw.

MERSTHAM: Tangara, Sow, Bird, Harrison (Cooper 27 mins), Henriques, Hutchings, Kavanagh (Hayden-Smith 45 mins), Beaney, Davies, Figueira (Guimaraes 83 mins), Samuels.  Unused subs: Kirwan, Cook.

Corners: Invicta 9 Merstham 3