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Encouraging Draw Against Maidstone United

In another entertaining and hard fought pre-season game, Folkestone Invicta drew 1-1 with Vanarama National League South Maidstone United. Both Ira Jackson, who was in Dover Athletic’s squad at Beckenham Town, and Jerson Dos Santos, who injured his arm in an accident at home, were missing, but the squad was bolstered by the return of Matt Newman, Sam Hasler, Ian Draycott and deputy goalkeeper Joe Coleman, along with former Margate, Bromley and Lewes (amongst others) forward Steve Okoh.

Both sides made a lively start without either making any clear-cut chances, although on six minutes  Callum Davis did well to clear a low cross which fizzed across the six yard box. However, in the tenth minute, Davis was again involved as he was adjudged to have fouled trialist James Bessey-Saidanha on the edge of the penalty area and from the resultant free kick, Noah Chesmain gave Tim Roberts no chance as he curled the ball over the wall and into the corner to give ‘The Stones’ the lead.

Invicta’s first chance fell to Okoh, but he shot straight at the Maidstone goalkeeper Chris Lewington, although with the away sides defence looking a bit square Alfie Paxman and Johan Ter Horst, against his former club, both looked dangerous, but without the final ball. Invicta were enjoying more possession, and Okoh’s long ball put Kieron McCann clear but he shot wide and then Scott Heard put Ter Horst through, but Lewington did well to save. McCann then had an excellent run, winning the ball on the edge of Invicta’s penalty area, he ran half the length of the pitch, but his cross was cut out. Just when it looked like the home side’s pressure would bring no reward, Heard and Ter Horst combined well on the left and Heard’s cross was nodded home for the equaliser by Okoh. Ter Horst then burst through the centre of the Maidstone defence, but he was foiled by the Assistant Referee’s flag as he shaped up to shoot.

Five minutes before the break, the away side suffered a blow, when Jake Embery had to leave the field to be replaced by Jonathan Edwards. It was thought he may have damaged his collarbone and so he went to hospital for a check-up, hopefully the injury won’t be too serious and he’ll soon be back playing, I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing him well.

The second half started in a similar vein with Invicta looking the most likely to score, Matt Newman’s long ball was headed on by Ter Horst and hastily cleared by Clovis Kamdjo. From the resultant Heard corner, Ter Horst again went close, as his header just cleared the bar. Ian Draycott then saw his shot go wide and Paxman’s through ball was well received by Ter Horst but he shot wide. Max Morgan then almost reached a back-pass from George Elokobi, but substitute goalkeeper Jake Cole just got their first.

Morgan lost the ball deep in his own half and from the cross Sam Corne blasted the ball over the bar from around six yards and then following a good move Nana Kyei made space to shoot but his shot was well covered by Invicta substitute goalkeeper Joe Coleman. That was about the end of the action and the game ended 1-1, which once again saw Invicta give an encouraging performance.

I spoke to Neil Cugley after the game and again he was upbeat, saying; “I thought it was another  great game and a good performance from the team, we looked very fit and lively and have competed well against two full time clubs in our first two pre-season games”. “It was good to see Sam Hasler back, recovered from his fitness problems of last season, and I was pleased to give young goalkeeper Joe Coleman a few minutes. He was a member of our highly successful Youth Team last season”. “I’m hoping Jerson will be back on Saturday and Josh Vincent will also return, but I’m not sure about Ira Jackson, I’ll be speaking to Andy Hessenthaler later in the week”.

Today’s Teams;

Folkestone Invicta; Tim Roberts (Joe Coleman, 77 mins), Finn O’Mara, Nat Blanks (Ethan Madden, 63 mins), Matt Newman, Callum Davies (Capt), Charlie Dickens (Sam Hasler, 46 mins), Scott Heard (Kieron Jones, 82 mins), Kieron McCann (Ian Draycott, 46 mins), Johan Ter Horst (Jack Price, 81 mins), Alfie Paxman & Steve Okoh (Max Morgan, 70 mins).

Maidstone United; Chris Lewington (Jake Cole, 65 mins), Noah Chesmain (Jacob Gilbert, 65 mins), Danny Devine (Gavin Hoyte, 61 mins), Lewis Knight (Cameron Williams, 80 mins), Luke Pennell, Sam Corne, Clovis Kamdjo (George Elokobi, 65 mins), Nathan Wood (Justin Amaluzor, 59 mins), James Bessey-Saldanha (Nana Kyei, 59 mins), Jake Embery (Jonathan Edwards, 40 mins) Ibrahim Olutade (Iffy Allen, 46 mins), (sub not used; Dan Wishart).

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

Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported their respective team tonight, we had another decent attendance for a pre-season game of 311.

Don’t forget we are at home again on Saturday, kick-off 3:00pm, when in another attractive pre-season game, it is anticipated that Gillingham will be bringing their First Team Squad to the Fullick’s Stadium.

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