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Always look on the Bright(lingsea) Side of Life!

On another good day for football and the pitch in excellent condition, Invicta produced a good performance to get back to winning ways in beating Brightlingsea Regent 3-2, although in truth the margin of victory should have been greater. Scott Heard returned to the side having missed Tuesday’s game at Hornchurch due to injury, and he replaced Sam Hasler who was still feeling the affects of the injury he received at Hornchurch.

Invicta made a bright start as Alfie Paxman intercepted a pass and slipped the ball through to Kieron McCann, who showed good skill in beating a couple of defenders before shooting just over. The same two players then combined to create a chance for Jerson Dos Santos but his header was saved by Charlie Turner in the ‘Regent’ goal. Despite the early pressure, we then had a real scare as George Doyle’s pass split the defence and Billy Hunt, who looked their most threatening player all afternoon, raced onto the through ball and lobbed the advancing Tim Roberts, but fortunately it bounced wide of the far post.

Despite this, we continued to play some good football, creating a number of chances, although our opponents’ defence stood firm and blocked all we could throw at them. Ronnie Dolan, who is getting more influential every game as he regains his match fitness, Ira Jackson and Scott Heard where involved in a great passing move only for Dolan’s shot to be blocked and then from a Roberts’ goal kick, Jackson and Dos Santos combined well to give Heard a chance but he couldn’t get his shot away. After another good combination, Dolan’s shot was parried just out of Dos Santos’ reach by Turner and McCann’s follow-up was blocked. Jake Gould then conceded an unnecessary throw-in, McCann, who seemed to be involved in everything and was a deserved ‘Man of the Match’, crossed and although Josh Vincent nodded the ball back across the goal from the far post there was no-one there to turn it in. Dos Santos then had a snapshot on the turn which was well saved by Turner.   

Finally, after twenty minutes Invicta took the lead, Vincent played an excellent ball down the line which Dos Santos did well to collect, shake off the defender and cross for McCann to finish with the minimum of fuss. We continued to press forward and McCann won a corner which was taken by Dolan, but collected by Turner under pressure from Dos Santos.

We then suffered a set-back on 27 minutes when our opponents equalised. Vincent fouled Jake Turner on the edge of the area, but to the dismay of the Brightlingsea Regent supporters the Referee Gerry Heron played an advantage which saw them win a corner and from that corner, the ball was only half cleared and Romario Dunne hammered the ball into the net aided by a deflection from an Invicta defender, so it ended up being a good advantage. Our opponents then almost took the lead as in an incident virtually identical to the earlier one, Hunt ran onto a through ball, lobbed Roberts but saw his effort bounce wide of the post again.

However, we then upped the pressure again, firstly Heard saw his shot parried and then collected by Turner, Dos Santos saw his shot charged down as was McCann’s follow-up and then Vincent couldn’t quite connect with McCann’s cross at the far post. Jackson was then brought down by Josh Gould, which earned the defender the only booking of the game, and although it appeared to be inside the area the Referee gave it outside and from the resultant free-kick, taken by Jackson, the ball bounced on the top of the crossbar and over. Dolan then saw his volley from the edge of the area deflected away for a corner.

Just as it looked like the sides were going to go into half-time level, we made the break through, as Paxman intercepted a pass and played the ball to Heard who threaded a great pass through to Dos Santos who calmly slotted the ball past the advancing goalkeeper. That was it for the first half and the consensus was that we deserved our lead although ‘Regent’ were a threat on the break.

Brightlingsea started the second half on the offensive with Gould’s long throws causing concern in the Invicta defence although ironically from one of their attacks we broke away as Dos Santos collected Paxman’s clearance, played a one-two with Jackson only for his shot to be blocked as was McCann’s follow-up. Then on 53 minutes we extended our lead as following a great move involving half the team, Dos Santos and Heard combined to put McCann through and he hammered the ball past Turner for his second goal of the game.

Despite this setback, ‘Regent’ were still making chances and substitute Fahed Nazor saw his long range effort well saved by Roberts, but when the ball came back in their forwards were flagged for offside. On 73 minutes Neil Cugley made a triple substitution with Johan Ter Horst, Ian Draycott and Finn O’Mara replacing Dolan, Micheal Everitt and Dos Santos and this appeared to disrupt our flow a bit although Jackson had a couple of shots wide of the goal.

However, with five minutes to go, Heard fouled Nazor in the box and Hunt reduced the arrears with a well taken spot-kick which lead to a couple of anxious moments especially from a couple more long throws from Gould. We did also have one further decent chance but again Turner was equal to Jackson’s effort.

So, we took the three points and thanks to Horsham beating Hornchurch moved up to 2nd place, although we were almost left ruing those missed chances as our opponents got that late penalty, but overall it was a good performance following on from the one at Hornchurch on Tuesday.

After the game, Kieron McCann was presented with his ‘Man of the Match’ award by Willie Webb who sponsored the game to mark his Birthday last Tuesday. Many thanks to Willie for doing so 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), Ronnie Dolan (Johan Ter Horst, 73 mins), Scott Heard, Micheal Everitt (Finn O’Mara, 73 mins), Ira Jackson, Jerson Dos Santos (Ian Draycott, 73 mins) & Kieron McCann, (Unused Subs; Nat Blanks & Henry Newcombe).

Goalscorers - Kieron McCann (20 & 54 mins) & Jerson Dos Santos (43 mins).

Brightlingsea Regent; Charlie Turner, Ricky Griggs, Jake Gould, George Doyle, Josh Gould, Matt Cripps (Captain), Romario Dunne, Jake Turner (Pip Boyland, 78 mins), Billy Hunt, Joe Yaxley (Jack Mahon, 87 mins) & Charlie Lindoe (Fahad Nazor, 54 mins), (Unused Sub; Ace Howell).

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 another good attendance of 477 on another decent day weather-wise at the Buildkent Stadium. 

Our next scheduled game is Saturday October 12th when we visit Corinthian-Casuals for a BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division game, kick-off is 3:00pm, and then we return to the BuildKent Stadium on Tuesday 15th October when Cheshunt pay us a visit, also for a League game, kick-off is 7:45pm.

Saturday’s Results

A full round-up of all the weekend’s results, including the Emirates F.A. Cup, will appear on the website soon, in the meantime, here are Saturday’s Premier Division results.

Folkestone Invicta


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East Thurrock United