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Blown Away!

On a day more akin to October than August with the strong gusty wind causing all sorts of problems, both Invicta and Worthing should be congratulated for producing what was a decent game. The home side finally prevailed by 2-0 to register our first victory over ‘The Mackerel Men’ since the 2015/16 season. 

Our opponents probably started slightly stronger and after Micheal Everitt had fouled an oncoming forward, Jesse Starkey tried a shot from a full thirty-five yards which went over the bar and then Shola Ayoola saw his header bounce back off the bar although he was adjudged to have been offside anyway. Everitt then conceded another free kick, but this time Lloyd Dawes hit the ball straight at the wall. Invicta then produced the best move of the game involving Jerson Dos Santos, Scott Heard and Josh Vincent before Johan Ter Horst saw his shot blocked and eventually when it came back into the area an offside was give so the danger was cleared. Twice Invicta had chances from casual back passes but on both occasions Dos Santos was foiled by the Worthing goalkeeper Roco Rees who was swiftly off his line to clear.

McCann and Dos Santos combined well to give Scott Heard a shooting chance, but it was easily saved by Rees diving to his right. Worthing then had another chance as a free kick was lobbed into the Invicta area, and Vincent nodded the ball into the path of Ayoola, but he delayed his shot and then hit over under pressure from Matt Newman.

They then came close again just before half-time, when Starkey got on the end of Colbran’s cross, but the ball bounced higher than he expected and it was nodded over the bar. So at the break the sides went in level at 0-0, and we were left wondering how Invicta would handle playing with the wind, although to be honest it appeared to be gusting in all directions!

Invicta started the second half brightly with Ter Horst seeing his shot charged down. Callum Davies picked up the first booking of the game as he prevented Danny Barker going through by handling the ball, but from the free-kick the Worthing attackers were offside. Sam Hasler then had a great run from the halfway line, but his shot went wide of the goalkeeper’s left had post, and Hasler was involved a couple of minutes later when Mason Doughty was booked having prevented him from taking a quick free-kick.

On the hour, Worthing, who at this stage were looking stronger, had the best chance of the game when Barker slipped Dawes through, but Tim Roberts was swiftly off his line to make a great save to keep the score at 0-0. Vincent then headed a dangerous cross clear, but from the resultant corner, Worthing will think they should have broken the deadlock as Jalen Jones saw his swivel-shot blocked and then Barker sliced the rebound wide from six yards.

The breakthrough finally came in the 63rd minute when Vincent’s superbly weighted pass allowed Dos Santos to breach what was a very efficient Worthing offside trap, before cutting inside and curling the ball into the right hand corner of the net. Ter Horst then had another shot cutting in from the left, but it went wide. Ayoola was then close to an equaliser when from almost on the by-line his shot-cum-cross was well saved by Roberts.

 

The picture shows Dos Santos wheeling away to celebrate after giving Invicta the lead.

Four minutes from time Roberts was involved in the second goal as his clearance was played to Dos Santos, who was clearly fouled, but Referee Peter Cruise played an excellent advantage to allow substitute Ira Jackson to run through and hammer the ball home to double the Invicta advantage. The Official then went back and booked Joe Tennent for the foul on Dos Santos.

That was the end of the scoring and Invicta picked up the points against a Worthing team that had been a bit of a bogey side over the past few season.

After the game, Neil Cugley was pleased with the performance, saying “In what were very difficult conditions for both sides, I was delighted that we picked up the three points against a very good Worthing side. “It was a close game that could have gone either way, and we mustn’t forget that Tim made a great save when the score was at 0-0. “I was pleased to see Jerson get on the scoresheet as he has worked hard in the pre-season games without perhaps the goals he deserved”.

After the game, Scott Heard was presented with his ‘Man of the Match’ award by Match Sponsor Roger Arnold. Many thanks to Roger for sponsoring the game and to The Trophy Shop (Hythe) (www.kenttrophies.co.uk)  for donating this season’s awards.

Today’s Teams;

Folkestone Invicta; Tim Roberts, Josh Vincent, Alfie Paxman, Matt Newman, Callum Davies (Captain), Sam Hasler (Ronnie Dolan, 68 mins), Scott Heard, Micheal Everitt, Johan Ter Horst (Nat Blanks, 88 mins), Jerson Dos Santos & Kieron McCann (Ira Jackson, 78 mins) (Unused Subs; Finn O’Mara & Henry Newcombe).

Goalscorers - Jerson Dos Santos (63 mins) & Ira Jackson (86 mins).

Worthing; Roco Rees, Joel Colbran, Jalen Jones, Danny Barker (Captain), Marvin Armstrong (Ben Mendoza-Sherman, 75 mins), Joe Tennent, Lloyd Dawes, Mason Doughty (Oliver Pearce, 70 mins), Shola Ayoola, Reece Myles-Meekums & Jesse Starkey (Unused Subs; Ross Edwards, Alex Parsons & Darren Budd).

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

Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported their respective team this afternoon, we had a good attendance of 516 on what wasn’t the best afternoon weatherwise. 

Don’t forget we are at home again next Saturday when Leatherhead visit for a BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division game, kick-off 3:00pm although before that we visit Cray Wanderers on Wednesday, kick-off 7:45pm.

Saturday’s Results

Bishop's Stortford

3

Bognor Regis Town

1

Bowers & Pitsea

1

Wingate & Finchley

1

East Thurrock United

4

Cheshunt

1

Folkestone Invicta

2

Worthing

0

Haringey Borough

1

Corinthian-Casuals

0

Horsham

1

Leatherhead

1

Kingstonian

0

Cray Wanderers

0

Lewes

1

Enfield Town

1

Margate

0

Brightlingsea Regent

0

Merstham

1

Hornchurch

2

Potters Bar Town

2

Carshalton Athletic

0