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Looking Ahead to Saturday - Invicta Facing a Tough Trip to The Specsavers Stadium

On a day of high winds and rain last December, we turned in one of our best performances of the season, defeating Merstham 6-2 at the Fullick’s Stadium, with a hat-trick from Ian Draycott, two from Alfie Paxman and the other from Kieron McCann, whilst their goals came from Tom Bird and Gus Sow. That seemed to act as a catalyst to ‘The Moatsiders’ as they then lost just one game in their next nine to move into Play-Off contention, although three defeats in their last four games have seen them slip just outside the top five, but they are still well placed to mount a challenge.

They are currently 7th in the table, but 4th in the home form table having gained twenty-two points with seven wins, one draw and two defeats from their last ten matches, although their last home game saw them play an interesting ‘Transatlantic Friendly’ against Vancouver Whitecaps which they lost 1-0. Meanwhile, as we know we have had slim pickings from our games on the road as we are currently 18th in the away form table with just nine points (two wins, three draws and five defeats), so we’ll need to be at our best on Saturday, but as we showed in our last game at Potters Bar Town the players are up to the challenge.

Going back to that game in December the two teams that afternoon were;

Folkestone Invicta; Roberts, Starkey, Blanks (Madden, 89 mins), O’Mara, Davies, Paxman, Newman, Everitt (Heard, 86 mins), Draycott,  Yussuf (Rowland, 86 mins) & McCann (unused subs: Baker & Shaw)

Merstham; Tangara, Sow, Bird, Harrison (Cooper, 28 mins), Henriques, Hutchings, Kavanagh (Hayden-Smith, 46 mins), Beaney, Davis, Figueira (Kirwin, 84 mins), Samuels, Tighe, Pinney (Williams, 76 mins) (unused subs: Guimaraes & Cook).

Merstham’s squad looks as if it will be similar to that in the earlier game at the Fullick’s Stadium, although since then they’ve added winger Roman Michael-Percil from East Grinstead, plus the returning Jake Hutchings after a short spell at Wingate & Finchley and Daniel Bennett, also returning, this time from Whyteleafe. Defender Tom Bird has left the club for Kingstonian. Don’t forget, they also have a Calum Davies of their own, but with only one ‘l’!

Their leading scorers this season (League only) are Walter Figueira (14), Gus Sow (7) and Kershaney Samuels (5), with most appearances (again League only) made by Kershaney Samuels (35), with Kenny Beaney and Gus Sow (both 34).

We have meet Merstham on a number of occasions in the past, with the results shown below, all are Isthmian League unless stated and in the scores Invicta’s appears first;

 

SEASON                                               HOME                                   AWAY

2008/09                                                1-2                                          2-0

2009/10                                              2-0                                          1-1

2011/12                                                0-4                                          4-0

2012/13                                                1-3                                          1-2

  0-0 (FA Trophy)                  0-2 (FA Trophy)

2013/14                                                3-2                                          2-0

2014/15                                                2-2                                          3-1

  0-3 (P/Off Final)

2016/17                                                0-0                                          1-3

2017/18                                                2-1                                          2-0

2018/19                                                6-2                                   13/04/19

As far as Invicta’s squad for Saturday is concerned, apart from the previously mentioned Sam Hasler, both Nat Blanks and Ethan Madden are unavailable due to other commitments. On the plus side, Josh Vincent is now available having served his two match suspension.

Looking back on last Saturday, Manager Neil Cugley said “We were excellent in the first half and to be honest I thought we could have been more than the two goals up, however I was a bit concerned when we let them back into the game in the second half. Despite this we made some more chances of our own and credit to the players for holding the lead. I thought Whitehawk were a decent side and it will be interesting to see how they fair in their last four games”. Looking ahead, he added “We will be trying hard in our last four games to get a Play-Off place, although with three games against our closest rivals and other a local derby at Margate, we have some difficult games ahead”.

With Dorking Wanderers winning the Title last week, and congratulations to them for that, the battle is now on for the four Play-Off places with only six points between Worthing in 4th and Invicta in 10th, and at the bottom there is just four points between the bottom four, three of which will go down, so it’s still all to play for.

Saturday’s Premier Division fixtures with League positions shown in brackets are as below, with the ‘Match of the Day’ looking to be a Longmead with Champions Dorking Wanderers visiting Tonbridge Angels, although as you will see there are a number of games that see Play-Off or relegation rivals playing each other.

 

AFC Hornchurch (16)      vs            Whitehawk (21)

Bishop’s Stortford (8)      vs            Worthing (4)

Bognor Regis Town (12) vs            Harlow Town (22)

Burgess Hill Town (20)    vs            Brightlingsea Regent (14)

Corinthian-Casuals (18) vs            Wingate & Finchley (19)

Enfield Town (11)             vs            Carshalton Athletic (5)

Haringey Borough (2)     vs            Kingstonian (15)

Leatherhead (6)                vs            Lewes (9)

Margate (13)                      vs            Potters Bar Town (17)

Merstham (7)                    vs            Folkestone Invicta (10)

Tonbridge Angels (3)       vs            Dorking Wanderers (1).

For those making the journey, either on the Supporters’ mini-bus or individually, have a safe trip, there is no enjoyment driving on the M20 at the moment!