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And Then There Was One!

In a hard fought game, Invicta snatched a 1-0 victory to become the first team to win a competitive match at Horsham’s well-appointed new Camping World Stadium, to remain the only unbeaten side in the BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division.

Invicta fielded the same team that started the Merstham game last Monday, except for goalkeeper Henry Newcombe who made his competitive début in place of the unavailable Tim Roberts.

Invicta had an early chance when Jerson Dos Santos intercepted a poor cross-field pass within the Horsham defence, but he was unable to thread the ball through to Ira Jackson as our opponents recovered. Horsham then had their first chance when Lea Dawson found space to cross but Chris Smith couldn’t get a proper connection and Newcombe saved easily. Kieron McCann was fouled  by Charlie Harris and from Sam Hasler’s free kick Josh Vincent knocked the ball wide when well placed. Another Hasler free kick outside the area was well struck over the wall but the Horsham goalkeeper George Bentley was ideally positioned to catch the ball on his line.

Chris Smith was fouled by Matt Newman on the right of the penalty area, five yards from the byline, the free kick was taken by Harris but Newman atoned for the foul by scrambling the ball away. Jackson and Dos Santos combined to get the ball through to Kieron McCann but Horsham defender Jerry O’Sullivan did well to play the ball from danger. O’Sullivan was then involved again as Horsham became the closest to scoring when his cross was deflected towards his own goal by Callum Davies and Newcombe pulled off a superb save to tip the ball round the post. From the resultant corner, the ball reached Horsham skipper Will Miles on the edge of the area and his shot was also well saved.

Invicta then had a half chance of their own when Michael Everitt got into the final third before slipping the ball to Scott Heard whose shot was easily saved and then a couple of minutes later he was in a similar position but this time shot wide. Zack Newton, who always gave the Invicta defence a hard time when at Worthing, was again at the centre of most of ‘The Hornets’ attacks and he slipped the ball to Kieran Lavery but his shot was easily blocked. Hasler was then booked for fouling Newton and this would have a bearing later in the game. 

Horsham then had two good efforts from distance, firstly following a foul on Smith by Newman, Harris let fly from the resultant free kick which Newcombe did well to parry clear as it bounced awkwardly in front of him, and then following good build-up play between Newton and Lavery, Harris saw his shot clip the top of the bar before going over in what was a let off for Invicta. However, we had the final chance of the half, when McCann got behind O’Sullivan, running onto Heard’s pass but Bentley dived sharply to his left to parry the ball clear.

Overall it was a disappointing first half with the home side unfortunate not to be ahead as they made the clearer chances and Newcombe was the busier of the two goalkeepers.

We came out much brighter after the break and Dos Santos ran onto a Vincent throw-in but his shot was easily saved and from another throw-in, this time from Paxman, Heard played the ball to Jackson whose shot was well saved by Bentley with the resulting corner coming to nothing.  Paxman then saw his shot go wide and Vincent then nodded a Heard corner just over the bar as he found a bit of space at the near post.

Perhaps realising that Invicta were getting more into the game, Horsham Manager Dom Di Paola made a tactical switch bringing on midfielder Rob O’Toole to replace George Hayward. Newcombe again got down well to smother Harvey Sparks’ low swerving drive from around twenty-five yards. Hasler was getting increasingly frustrated and committed a couple of fouls and so to prevent a possible second yellow card, Neil Cugley replaced him with Johan Ter Horst in an attacking move. The substitute was involved almost immediately as he combined well with Paxman to get the ball through to Heard who moved it on to Jackson whose cross was met on McCann only for him to shot wide whilst under pressure from a Horsham defender.

Everitt then became our second yellow card of the afternoon following a crude tackle on Lavery and finally Harris was spoken to by the Referee, although not cautioned despite the fact it was his fourth or fifth foul of the game!

Our opponents then started exerting a bit of pressure, and had three corners in succession which were all dealt with although Harris’ cross caused consternation in the defence and O’Toole headed over at the far post. The breakthrough came in the 79th minute, Newman fed Dos Santos, who played the ball out to Heard on the right and he whipped in a great deep cross which found Ter Horst at the far post. He swept his shot towards the bottom corner, only for Bentley to parry the ball out but the Invicta forward was the quickest to react and slotted the rebound home from a couple of yards out.

Unsurprisingly, Horsham then put the invicta goal under pressure for the last ten minutes as firstly Lavery and Smith again combined well to create another chance for Harris, but his shot was saved by Newcombe and then the same two players created a chance for Miles whose shot flashed across the goal. Despite the pressure, Invicta looked as if they had doubled the lead when Ira Jackson swept home a Dos Santos pass, only to see the Assistant Referee’s flag up.

Then, in time added on came the most controversial incident of the game. Vincent was lying injured on the edge of the Horsham penalty area, the Referee came across and spoke to him and whilst he was still speaking to him ‘The Hornets’ carried on playing and with Invicta short at the back, Paxman, who was also booked, brought down Smith to give Horsham a penalty. However, with the last kick of the match, it  was scuffed wide of Newcombe’s left hand post by Smith as the young keeper dived the other way.

After a good second half, we probably just about deserved the points, although Horsham looked a good side and there won’t be many teams leaving their Camping World Stadium with the maximum points.They say a sign of a good team is to come away from games by picking up wins when not playing well and this was the case for Folkestone Invicta here today. “Winning ugly, isn’t it? They call it. Yes, I will agree with that” admitted Roland Edge after tha game!

Today’s Teams;

Horsham; George Bentley, Jerry O’Sullivan, Harvey Sparks, Charlie Harris, Harry Mills, Will Miles (Captain), Lea Dawson (Alex Kelly, 83 mins), George Hayward (Rob O’Toole, 56 mins), Kieran Lavery, Chris Smith & Zack Newton (Lee Harding, 79 mins), (Unused Subs; Jack Brivio & Jared Rance).

Folkestone Invicta; Henry Newcombe, Josh Vincent, Alfie Paxman, Matt Newman, Callum Davies (Captain), Sam Hasler (Johan Ter Horst, 62 mins), Scott Heard, Micheal Everitt, Ira Jackson, Jerson Dos Santos & Kieron McCann, (Unused Subs; Ronnie Dolan & Nat Blanks).

Goalscorer - Johan Ter Horst (79 mins).

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

Many thanks to all our supporters who travelled to the game this afternoon, the attendance was 622.  

Saturday’s Results

Saturday’s results in the Bet Victor Isthmian League Premier Division are as follows;

 

Bishop's Stortford

3

Cheshunt

2

Bognor Regis Town

0

Carshalton Athletic

2

Bowers & Pitsea

0

Enfield Town

1

Corinthian-Casuals

0

Brightlingsea Regent

1

Haringey Borough

2

East Thurrock United

0

Hornchurch

2

Wingate & Finchley

0

Horsham

0

Folkestone Invicta

1

Leatherhead

1

Lewes

4

Margate

0

Worthing

2

Merstham

0

Kingstonian

1

Potters Bar Town

1

Cray Wanderers

1

Our next game is next Saturday, 7th September, when we visit Whitstable Town for an Emirates F.A. Cup First Qualifying Round game.