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 SCORE   2-1   Gate 156

DATE  02/12/17.  For the Match Preview click HERE

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Folkestone Invicta’s eight-match Bostik League Premier Division run came to an end as they were beaten 2-1 away to Wingate and Finchley at The Maurice Rebak Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Invicta conceded early in each half as strikers Afolabi Obafemi and Marc Charles-Smith put the home side 2-0 up before a late own goal from home central defender Claudiu Vilcu gave the visitors hope of saving the day.

The Folkestone side made two changes to the side that had won 5-1 at home to Enfield Town on Tuesday night as Kieron McCann returned for Ian Draycott (belated honeymoon) and Ryan Cooper came in for the unavailable Josh Vincent.

The visitors started with a 4-4-2 formation as Johan Ter Horst adopted a more central role in attack with top goalscorer Ade Yusuff.

Ter Horst and Yusuff had both scored twice in midweek against Enfield as the former returned to the club on loan from Maidstone United. But the two strikers were not to get much change out of home central defenders Vilcu and Sean Cronin here.

Keith Rowland’s Wingate and Finchley side went ahead as early as the fourth minute when Rob Laney played the ball in from the left hand side and OBAFEMI touched in from close range as Invicta appealed for offside.

Invicta responded as McCann received the ball from Yusuff on the left hand side and embarked on a good seventh minute run and goalkeeper Shane Gore got down at his near post to save at the expense of the game’s first corner.

Scott Heard cut in from the left after a 17th minute Nat Blanks ball, was impeded, recovered to take the ball into the middle of the penalty area but couldn’t get his shot in.

Heard couldn’t then got over the ball to guide his 23rd minute header in when Micheal Everitt played the ball across from the right hand side after a move involving Matt Newman, Yusuff and Cooper.

The home side had a chance a minute later when Luke Ifil intercepted McCann’s attempted pass to Sam Hasler and put Obafemi through who lifted his shot over the crossbar.

Hasler was making his 50th starting appearance for Invicta since joining the club from Herne Bay.

Cronin shot at Invicta goalkeeper Tim Roberts from the edge of the penalty area in the 27th minute after Quentin Monville played the ball into the box and Laney was crowded out inside the penalty area.

Obafemi then created space but shot wide of the target in the 36th minute after a move involving Monville and Charles-Smith.

At the other end, a Heard free kick was clawed away by home goalkeeper Gore.

Wingate and Finchley threatened again in the 41st minute when Charles-Smith pulled the ball back from the left hand side to Monville but Blanks blocked the shot.

A Newman shot was then blocked in a crowded home penalty area after a Heard ball in from the left two minutes later.

Invicta went 3-5-2 for the second half as Ronnie Dolan and Finn o’Mara replaced full backs Cooper and Blanks.

18-year-old defender O’Mara has returned to the club on a second loan period from Gillingham.

Home captain Ahmet Rifat found Charles-Smith on the left whose 50th minute ball in found striking partner Obafemi who shot wide from close range when under pressure from O’Mara.

Monville took the ball on and created space two minutes later but his low shot couldn’t beat Roberts.

It was 2-0 in the 52nd minute when the ball came in from the right hand side and broke for CHARLES-SMITH who scored at the second attempt as Invicta this time appealed for handball.

Rifat and Charles-Smith combined again to find Obafemi two minutes later but Invicta captain Callum Davies slid across to avert the danger.

The home side had started the second half well as they gained their first corner of the game in the 55th minute.

Heard combined with Dolan down the right hand side at the other end a minute later when the latter drilled the ball just over the crossbar.

Monviulle found Charles-Smith on the right in the 57th minute whose shot deflected off Newman for a corner.

Invicta then had a good chance a minute later when Yusuff took the ball on after a Roberts clearance and Dolan’s good ball in from the right just eluded Heard in the middle but was met by McCann at the far post whose shot was kept out by Gore.

A low 63rd minute Hasler shot was then comfortably saved by Gore.

Invicta then had a great chance to reduce the arrears in the 69th minute when Vilcu’s stray back header let Yusuff in one-on-one but goalkeeper Gore came out to make a crucial save.

A Yusuff shot was touched past the near post for a corner by Gore after a move also involving McCann and Hasler on the left.

Invicta pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute when Heard drilled the ball in from the right hand side and it went in off VILCU close to the line in the middle.

There were bookings for Wingate and Finchley’s Ola Williams (pulling McCann’s shirt in the 38th minute), Rifat (his part in a 70th minute flare up following an aerial challenge by Laney on Davies) and substitute Jack Eales (time wasting at a 90th minute throw in).

Tempers were raised lasted on as firstly home players argued amongst themselves after a stray pass and then substitute Ben Pattie had to be restrained by team mates as the players left the field after something had been said.

WINGATE and FINCHLEY: Gore, Williams, Mavila, Vilcu, Cronin, Rifat, Ifil, Laney, Charles-Smith, Obafemi (Pattie 74 mins), Monville (Eales 81 mins).  Unused subs: Dickson, Keita, Rabstein.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Cooper (Dolan 45 mins), Blanks (O’Mara 45 mins), Everitt (Taylor 71 mins), Davies, Newman, Hasler, Heard, Ter Horst, Yusuff McCann.  Unused subs: Wright, Shaw.


Wingate and Finchley 5 Folkestone Invicta 6