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 SCORE   3-1    Gate 165

DATE  07/10/17.  For the Match Preview click HERE

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Folkestone Invicta had manager Neil Cugley sent off and six players booked as they lost 3-1 way to Metropolitan Police at Imber Court on Saturday afternoon despite taking an early lead through Ian Draycott.

Having won every game during September, the Folkestone side has now lost its opening two Bostik League Premier Division fixtures of October having previously been unbeaten away from home during 2017-18.

Long-serving Invicta manager Cugley was sent to the stands for ‘entering the field of play’ following a 54th minute flare up involving Met Police captain Tom Hickey and Invicta’s record appearance holder Micheal Everitt.

Everitt had been penalised for a foul before Hickey came flying in with a late tackle and the Folkestone players reacted.

Referee Chris Wicks will, unfortunately, go down in notoriety amongst Invicta fans as the Folkestone club had six players booked for the first time since their F A Cup First Round tie at Chester in 2005.

The most significant yellow card was issued to Josh Vincent – Invicta’s captain on the day in the absence of Callum Davies – who will now be suspended for the big F A Cup Fourth Round Qualifying tie at Slough this coming weekend.

Vincent, Matt Newman and Ryan Cooper formed Invicta’s defensive three in a 3-5-2 formation as Draycott returned from injury to partner Joe Taylor in attack in place of Ade Yusuff (hamstring).

The game had started well for Invicta as Draycott’s attempt to put Taylor clear was just a little bit too hard.

It was soon 1-0 to Invicta as DRAYCOTT opened his account for the season in the fourth minute when he swept the ball in after Jordan Wright had met a good Kieron McCann ball in from the left at the far post.

But the home side equalised in the 14th minute when Tom Bird’s free kick eventually fell to central defender Jay GASSON on the right hand side of the penalty area who slotted the ball into the far corner of the net across goal.  The set piece had been awarded after a foul by Draycott on Lloyd Macklin.

Bird then played a ball in from the left hand side four minutes later that was ahead of striker Jonny Wright in the middle and a stretching Macklin at the far post.

Invicta had two openings in the 19th minute as Taylor found McCann on the left but Oliver Robinson cleared and a Draycott header was touched over for a corner after a good ball in from Scott Heard.

McCann then cut in from the left after receiving it from Everitt a minute later but Robinson blocked the subsequent shot.

Invicta had the ball in the net again in the 30th minute when Heard found McCann on the left whose good ball in was met by Wright at the far post who touched the ball towards goal and Taylor tapped it in from close to goal but was flagged offside.

Taylor then became the game’s first booking a minute later after he always seemed to be penalised in the usual six of one / half a dozen of the of the other exchanges between centre half and centre forward.

Will Salmon took the ball out of defence for Met Police in the 37th minute and found Rylan Myers on the right who played it in to Callum Kealy who initially couldn’t get the ball under full control and shot wide but the ball stayed in play and Macklin touched it back to Kealy who was closer with his second attempt as he fired wide.

Vincent can then consider himself unfortunate to be booked for a trip on Wright in the 41st minute as Invicta picked up the one caution that they had wanted to avoid the most.

When a 45th minute Invicta attack broke down, Met Police’s Wright raced away down the right hand side and played a low ball across to Macklin but a sliding Newman came to the visitors’ rescue at the expense of a corner.  Bird’s set piece from the left was headed over by Robinson.

Invicta also started the second half well as Hard’s ball in from the right was just beyond Draycott in the middle within 15 seconds of the re-start as the visitors gained a corner as the ball was played out.  When McCann played a short corner to Sam Hasler on the left hand side the ball just needed a touch when the latter drilled the ball across the goal mouth.

Hasler found Draycott on the right in the 47th minute but the ball in was claimed by home goalkeeper Luke Williams.

Two minutes later Hasler found McCann on the left and Heard then chipped the ball into the penalty area that went just beyond strikers Draycott and Taylor and out for a goal kick.

Myers then became Met Police’s first booking of the game for a 50th minute foul on McCann and Hasler’s free kick was headed over by Vincent who was given offside anyway.

Everitt and Heard worked the ball across to Hasler who took it on and fired over from a central position outside the penalty area in the 59th minute and McCann’s ball in from the left was just over Draycott in the middle in a move started by Heard a minute later.

Heard then combined well with McCann in the 63rd minute as the visitors had numerical advantage but the former chose to square the ball across goal and goalkeeper Williams claimed it.

Salmon took over the Met Police captain’s armband when Hickey went off as part of a double 64thminute home substitution.

Taylor kicked the ball away in frustration when he and Heard were given offside two minutes later as referee Wicks this time kept his card in his pocket.

But the referee awarded Met Police a penalty when Vincent came into the back of Macklin after Myers had played the ball in when he received it from substitute Luke Robertson.  It was MACKLIN who made it 2-1 with the 70th minute spot kick, with Invicta’s Heard booked for dissent.

Met Police threatened again in the 72nd minute when Macklin received the ball up the left hand side and found Wright who worked the ball on to spare man Robertson who advanced down the right but Vincent got across and threw himself at the ball to make a saving block.

It was 3-1 in the 76th minute when a clearance found Wright and substitute Bayley Mummery threaded the ball through to MACKLIN who swept a good finish across goal from the right hand side of the penalty area and into the far corner of the net.

Mummery and Bird combined to find Wright inside the penalty area in the 86th minute when the latter played a return pass into the path of Bird who had carried on his run into the box but Newman got across to avert the danger.

Newman was then also unlucky to be booked for a 90th minute foul on Macklin.

Having already brought on Euan Sahadow, Invicta introduced youth team players Ethan Madden and Tom Walmsley during stoppage time. Madden’s four senior substitute appeasances have now come in four different competitions, whilst fellow 16-year-old Walmsley was making his senior debut.

Hasler became Invicta’s final booking as he kicked the ball out of the ground on the final whistle.

Met Police had marked Non League Day by dedicating the fixture to Kick It Out and the Fans For Diversity campaign. Players from both sides wore t-shirts recognising Kick It Out and Fans For Diversity.

METROPOLTAN POLICE: L Williams, Myers, Bird, Gasson, Robinson, S Williams, Hickey (Robertson 63 mins), Salmon, Wright, Kealy (Mummery 63 mins), Macklin.  Unused subs: James, Hurrell, Maan.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Wright (Walmsley 90 mins), Everitt, Cooper, Newman, Hasler, Heard (Madden 90 mins), Taylor, Draycott (Sahadow 75 mins), McCann.  Unused subs: Blanks, Shaw.

Corners: Met Police 4 Invicta 5