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Looking Ahead to Saturday

On Saturday we make our first ever visit to the Pakex Stadium, home of Potters Bar Town for a Bostik League Premier Division game. ‘The Scholars’ were promoted as Runners-up from the North Division last season having been moved from the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central during the F.A.’s pre-season League reorganisation.

They are currently in 18th place, just four points away from third from bottom Whitehawk, with thirty-eight points from thirty-six games, so a win will be vital for them as they attempt to hold onto their Premier Division status. Their last ten matches has seen them pick up just nine points, with two wins, three draws and five defeats, but their home record currently sees them bottom of the form table, as one win, one draw and eight defeats has seen them collect just four points in their last ten games. With Invicta’s away record currently placing us in 18th place in the form table with nine points (two wins, three draws and five defeats), a close game looks in prospect as we try and reignite our chances of a Play-Off place.

In November we won 2-0 at the Fullick’s Stadium with goals from Phil Starkey and Ian Draycott. The teams that day were;

Folkestone Invicta; Roberts, Starkey, Blanks, O’Mara (Draycott, 65 mins), Davies, Dolan, Newman, Everitt, Rowland (Paxman, 74mins), Yussuf & McCann  (subs not used; Hasler, Vincent Coleman), Potters Bar Town; Purdue, Doyle, Lomas, O’Leary, Budden, Grace, Wynter, Nicholas, Sach, Bettache (Qarri, 68 mins) &  Fernandes (subs not used; Powell, Wambeek, Cole & Hobbs).

Looking at their recent squads, it would appear their team won’t have many changes from that line-up, although they have recently signed winger Zaid Al-Hussaini who was playing for the Derby County Under 23s and full back Alex Nolan, who has joined from Chalfont St. Peter having also played for Northwood and Egham Town, whilst midfielder Omar Vassell returned to the club from Beaconsfield Town in February.  

Don’t expect a ‘goal-fest’, as in all competitions they average 1.1 goals scored and 1.3 goals conceded per game. Their leading scorers are Wynter (11), Sach (10) and Cole (5), with most appearances made by Lomas (41), plus Wynter and Sach (both 40).

Following their sendings off against Worthing last week, we will be without Josh Vincent, who got a two game suspension as it was his second dismissal of the season having previously been sent off against Brightlingsea Regent, and Finn O’Mara, who received a one match ban for his two yellows. Apart from that we should be full strength with the exception of Sam Hasler, who is still nursing an injury he picked up in his last loan game at Ashford United, which was ironically arranged so he could regain match fitness!

Despite that defeat against Worthing, Manager Neil Cugley was in an optimistic mood when I spoke to him today (Thursday). He said “I thought it was a really good game last Saturday and Worthing started strongly but we got back into the game and there was no doubt the sendings off made a difference. Although they appeared to be harsh, I appreciate what a hard job the Match Officials have” before adding “We will be training hard tonight in preparation for Saturday’s game as if we could pick up four or five wins from our last six games there is still a chance we can make the Play-Offs especially as so many of the remaining games will involve clubs in the top ten playing each other, so points will be dropped”.

Saturday’s Premier Division fixtures with the top ten shown in bold are as follows;

 

Brightlingsea Regent       vs            Dorking Wanderers

Corinthian-Casuals           vs            Carshalton Athletic

Enfield Town                      vs            Leatherhead

Haringey Borough           vs            Lewes

Margate                               vs            Kingstonian

Merstham                           vs            Burgess Hill Town

Potters Bar Town              vs            Folkestone Invicta

Tonbridge Angels             vs            Harlow Town

Whitehawk                         vs            Bishop’s Stortford

Wingate & Finchley          vs            Bognor Regis Town

Worthing                             vs            AFC Hornchurch

For all those making the trip, either on the supporters’ coach or individually, have a safe trip.