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BOSTIK PREMIER DIVISION.

MATCH REPORT  FOR  WORTHING   V  FOLKESTONE INV.   

 SCORE  3-2   Gate 604

DATE  10/02/18.  For the Match Preview click HERE

Video of Game click  HERE(when available)


Folkestone Invicta were involved in another high-scoring encounter as they went down 3-2 away to Worthing at The Bibby Financial Services Stadium on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon.

Johan Ter Horst scored both of Invicta’s goals having re-signed for the club from Maidstone United the day before but the Folkestone side was never in control of the match and trailed 2-0 and 3-1.

Relegation-threatened Worthing thus became the first club to complete a Bostik League Premier Division league ‘double’ over play-off challenging Invicta this season.

Having lost just once in 14 fixtures against Worthing, Invicta have now lost their last three fixtures against the Sussex club.

Goals always seemed likely on Saturday – both clubs had won by the same 3-2 scoreline the previous weekend.

Invicta have scored two or more goals in each of their last 11 fixtures but have now also conceded eight goals in their last three matches and have recorded just two clean sheets in their last 23 games.

Ter Horst – now aged 22 – came straight into the starting X1 as top goaslcorer started on the substitutes’ bench after going off with a hamstring injury against Brightlingsea Regent the previous Saturday and not feeling 100%.

With the club’s record appearance holder Micheal Everitt (hamstring) joining Scot Heard (knee) on the injured list, recent signing Jerald Aboagye came in for his full debut on the $G pitch.

Sam Hasler played the ball out to Ter Horst on the right hand side who pulled it back to Ian Draycott but the latter skied his fourth minute shot horribly over the crossbar.

But Worthing were to enjoy the better of the first half proceedings.

A fifth minute Sam Rents free kick from the left presented Reece Myles-Meekums with a chance but he couldn’t guide the ball into the net when in space in front of goal.

Home captain Darren Budd played the ball up to Joe Clarke who guided it up to striker Zack Newton who shrugged off Josh Vincent and got a shot in that was deflected for the game’s first corner.

Harvey Sparks then played a disguised pass into the left hand side of the penalty area but Myles-Meekums couldn’t get the ball under control after a move involving Alfie Young, Rents and Jesse Starkey.

At the other end, Ter Horst dinked the ball into the side netting when Joe Taylor picked him out on the right hand side two minutes later after the ball had come off referee Alex Fisher to break up a Worthing attack that led to words between Budd and the official.

The opening goal came in the 16th minute when Ronnie Dolan was caught in possession and NEWTON went on to slot the ball into the net after combining with promising teenager Clarke to create an opening.

Invicta striker Taylor then took the ball off Alex Parsons in a central position but his low 27th minute shot lacked sufficient power to trouble Brazilian-born home goalkeeper Lucas Cavanari.

There was a scare for Invicta a minute later when Budd slipped the ball in to Myles-Meekums down the right hand side of the penalty area whose low pass across goal was cleared from the line by Aboagye to prevent sparks from increasing the home side’s lead.

Home goalkeeper Cavanari caught well when Nat Blanks crossed from the left hand side in the 30th minute and then launched another home attack with a big clearance from which Newton took on central defender Matt Newman and his shot got past goalkeeper Tim Roberts but was cleared by Blanks from close to the line.

Newman was making his 200th appearance over two spells for Invicta at the same ground where he had made his debut as a substitute in a 1-1 draw during March 2013.

It was 2-0 in the 39th minute when Newton got in behind Vincent on the left hand side and played the ball across to MYLES-MEEKUMS who neatly side footed the ball into the net.

But Invicta pulled a goal back in the 42nd minute with a well-worked move as Ter Horst found Taylor who played it to Draycott on the right hand side and the latter’s cross was headed in by TER HORST who had continued his run.

Taylor had opted to find Draycott on the right rather than play the ball over to Blanks in space on the left and it turned out to be a good decision!

Both sides have now scored in 18 of Invicta’s last 19 Bostik League Premier Division fixtures and in 21 of the club’ last 23 matches in all competitions.

Invicta brought Kieron McCann on for Aboagye at half time and were to enjoy a better second half.

But Worthing had another chance in the 47th minute when Newton found fellow goalscorer Myles-Meekums on the right and the latter’s ball into the box was put wide by Starkey from close range.

Dolan found Vincent on the right who was tripped by Sparks and Hasler’s subsequent well-struck 51st minute free kick was pushed away by goalkeeper Cavanari.

Hasler then became the game’s first booking for simulation two minutes later to be booked for a third successive Saturday, although this one appeared to be harsh.

Worthing threatened again in the 58th minute when after a one-two Myles-Meekums crossed from the right hand side and Vincent got across to clear ahead of Clarke in the middle of the penalty area.

Vincent then left a ball over to the left hand side a minute later but sparks kept it in play and after the home side had penalty appeals turned down from the subsequent cross Budd fired against the outside of the post from the right hand side of the box.

Joel Colbran played the ball in to Parsons in the 61st minute who shot on the turn at Roberts.

It was 3-1 in the 66th minute when the ball was played up to Newton who was given on-side and found Myles-Meekums on the right whose low ball in was converted by STARKEY.

Invicta captain Callum Davies brought the ball out of defence in the 79th minute and played a one-two with Taylor who played the ball through to Ter Horst but Cavanari came to clear.

An advantage had been played but referee Fisher went back to book Rents for a challenge on Taylor.

Invicta went for broke as striker Yusuff came on for defender Blanks.

Rents hit a well-struck free kick at Roberts after n 82nd minute foul on Parsons and Invicta’s Taylor was booked for bundling over goalkeeper Cavanari at the other end a minute later.

The visitors struck again in the 84th minute to set up an exciting finale when Dolan and Taylor worked the ball up to TER HORST on the left hand side and the shot across goal was deflected into the far corner of the net.

Ter Horst has now scored seven goals in six appearances for Invicta this season after an earlier loan spell from Maidstone United.

He had, of course, initially left Invicta at the end of the 2013-14 season to join then Premiership club Hull City before returning to Kent with Maidstone in the summer of 2017.

Invicta had drawn 3-3 away to Worthing last season with a stoppage time equaliser from Frankie Chappell and there was nearly a repeat of that scoreline as McCann combined with Ter Horst and his shot was pushed over for a corner by Cavanari.

But Worthing themselves had a final chance during stoppage time when Cavanari’s clearance found substitute Ben Pope who played the ball into the path of fellow substitute Kieron Pamment whose return ball across found Pope again but Dolan did well to block close to the line.

The 604 attendance was the biggest in the Bostik League Premier Division at the weekend.

WORTHING: Cavanari, Colbran, Rents, Budd, Clarke, Young, Parsons, Myles-Meekums (Pamment 70 mins), Newton (Pope 85 mins), Starkey, Sparks.  Unused subs: Sisimayi, Rance, Barker.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Blanks (Yusuff 80 mins), Dolan, Davies, Newman, Hasler, Aboagye (McCann 45 mins), Draycott, Ter Horst, Taylor.  Unused subs: Walmsley, Madden, Shaw

?Corners: 4-4