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Excellent Win at Merstham

On a sunny but cold day, on an excellent Moatside pitch Folkestone Invicta turned in on of our best away performances of the season to register a 3-1 against Merstham.

Our opponents looked more dangerous in the early exchanges, but we gradually got back into the game and both Ian Draycott and Ira Jackson saw shots go wide, although our opponents also had chances with full back Simon Cooper coming the closest as his shot went across the goal. However, on 28 minutes, they took the lead when a cross from left full back Ben Harrison was turned in by Kershaney Samuels despite Finn O’Mara’s attempts at cutting out the cross.

Within a minute we could have been level but Ade Yussuf’s shot was well saved by the advancing goalkeeper Amadou Tangara, then Ian Draycott shot wide. Just as we looked like going into half-time with a goal deficit, the game changed round in the five minutes before the break. Firstly, following a foul on Ade Yussuf by Oliver Cook, which earned the centre half a booking, Invicta were awarded a free kick around twenty-five yards out and Ira Jackson curled the ball into the top corner in a similar fashion to the one at Potters Bar Town two weeks ago. Then three minutes later, we had an unexpected bonus as goalkeeper Tangara, whose kicking seemed suspect all afternoon, cleared straight to Ade Yussuf, who drew the defender before slipping the ball to Keiron McCann who finished in style. So, in what was fairly even game, we went into the break with a 2-1 advantage.

Ira's Free Kick click HERE (Thanks to Anthony Hassan)

Merstham started the second half, looking for the equaliser but they were kept at bay with their major threat coming from a succession of corners but Matt Newman and Callum Davies were in outstanding form in the centre of the defence, although Tim Roberts made an outstanding one-handed save from substitue Dan Bennett to maintain our advantage. As the game went on it became more open as Merstham committed more to attack which left openings in their defence and we had a number of breaks where had more care been taken with the final pass could have seen us extend our lead. Alfie Paxman (who had replaced Ian Draycott in the 87th minute, a minute after Johan Ter Horst replaced Ira Jackson), was unlucky to see his lobbed goal disallowed as Ade Yussuf was adjudged to have challenged Tangara in a dangerous fashion. However, in added time Ade Yussuf extended our lead when he ran onto Scott Heard’s through pass, cut inside the defender and hammered the ball home. There was just time for Jordan Small, one of successful Youth Team squad, to make a cameo appearance, coming on in the last minute to replace Ade Yussuf.

That was the end of the scoring, the three points gained saw us move up a place into 9th, but we are now just three points off Worthing in 5th place, so the Play-Off dream is still there, but we shall probably have to win the last three games to be in with a chance.

Today’s Teams;

Merstham; Tangara, Cooper (capt), Harrison (Bennett, 65 mins), Hutchings, Cook, Kavanagh (Davies, 65 mins), Sow, Beaney, Figueira, Saraiva & Samuels (Antwi-Nyame, 83 mins) (subs not used; Abnett & Henriques).

Folkestone Invicta; Roberts, Vincent, O’Mara, Newman, Davies (capt), McCann, Heard, Everitt, Draycott (Paxman, 87 mins), Yussuf (Small, 90) & Jackson (Ter Horst, 86 mins).

Richard’s more detailed report will appear in the Match Centre soon.

Saturday’s Premier Division results were as follows;

AFC Hornchurch               1             Whitehawk 2

Bishop’s Stortford            3             Worthing 0

Bognor Regis Town          1             Harlow Town 1

Burgess Hill Town            1             Brightlingsea Regent 1

Corinthian-Casuals         3             Wingate & Finchley 1

Enfield Town                      0             Carshalton Athletic 3

Haringey Borough            2             Kingstonian 0

Leatherhead                       1             Lewes 1

Margate                               0             Potters Bar Town 2

Merstham                           1             Folkestone Invicta 3

Tonbridge Angels              0             Dorking Wanderers 2.

These results mean that Haringey Borough have almost clinched a Play-Off place as they are nine points ahead of 6th placed Leatherhead and with a goal difference twelve better with just three games to go. Things are still pretty tight after that as Tonbridge Angels in 3rd have 66 points whilst Invicta in 9th have 60. At the bottom Whitehawk have moved out of the bottom three as their goal difference is six better than Wingate & Finchley. Both have 37 points, then comes Burgess Hill Town on 36 points and bottom club Harlow Town have 34, so it’s still all to play for.

One other significant result saw Cray Wanderers beat Ashford United 3-1 and so clinch the South East Division Championship and promotion to the Bostik Premier Division.

Many thanks to all those who supported the team at The Specsavers Stadium today, we had a sizeable percentage of the 215 in attendance.    

End of season games.  Who's going to be in the playoffs?

Pos. Team 20/04 22/04 27/04 Pos.pts Pts
C Dorking BOG Lea HAR 93 84
2 Haringay Folk WIN Dor 80 71
3 Tonbridge Wor CAR Pott 75 66
4 Carshalton BUR Ton Bis R 74 65
5 Worthing TON Cor C MER 72 63
6 Leatherhead Bri R DOR King 71 62
7 BishopStortford Lew BRI R Car 70 61
8 Merstham Whit KING Wor 70 61
9 Folkestone Inv. HAR Mar BOG 69 60
10 Lewes BIS S Bur AFC H 67 58

Home Games In Capitals.

CAR= CARSHALTON / COR C= CORINTHIAN CAS./ BRI R = BRIGHTLINGSEA REG.

WOR = WORTHING / TON = TONBRIDGE  / BOG = BOGNOR REG.

LEA = LEATHERHEAD / BIS S = BISHOPS STORTFORD 

LEW = LEWES  /  KING =  KINGSTONIAN

FOLK = FOLKESTONE INV /  WIN = WINGATE F  / DOR = DORKING W

MAR =MARGATE /  HAR = HARINGAY / MER = MERSTHAM /  BUR = BURGESS HILL

WHIT = WHITEHAWK / POTT  =  POTTERS BAR.