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Stalemate At The Dripping Pan

 

 

 

On the first really cold afternoon of the season, Invicta picked up a point in a 0-0 draw at Lewes, to move level on points at the top with Horsham, who surprisingly lost 3-0 at home against Margate. With Josh Vincent available again having missed the Enfield Town game, he returned to the right back spot with Finn O’Mara returning to the bench, where he was joined by Micheal Everitt who had shaken off his ankle injury. Apart from that it was the same team that played against ‘The Towners’ two weeks ago.

Despite not having a game for two weeks, Invicta made a bright start without really looking threatening although Ira Jackson looked the most dangerous, but it was Scott Heard who made the first chance as he saw his shot from the edge of the area easily saved by Lewes’ goalkeeper Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke. Sam Hasler then combined well with the lively Kieron McCann and the latter played the ball back to Alfie Paxman, who whipped in a dangerous cross which was just out of Heard’s reach as he came in at the back post. Paxman and McCann again combined to get the ball to Heard, who in turn laid it on to Josh Vincent but his ball in was blocked and then deflected off Jerson Dos Santos for a goal kick.

At this stage, Invicta were well on top, but couldn’t find a way through the resolute Lewes defence as firstly Hasler saw his shot deflected off another Invicta player for a goal kick, and then following an excellent Jackson run which saw him win the ball and then beat two players in a tight area, he laid the ball back to Ronnie Dolan who shot wide. What didn’t help to keep the game moving was the fact the Referee seemed to be over-fussy and on a number of occasions he stopped play when he could easily have allowed it to continue. Slowly our opponents were getting back into the game and following a foul on Leon Redwood on the edge of the area, James Hammond, who was their dead-ball specialist, saw his shot charged down by the wall. Dolan then saw his own shot from the edge of the area parried by Stroomberg-Clarke, who then got up smartly to save from Dos Santos as he followed up. Dos Santos then went close a couple of minutes later, when following good play by McCann, who did well to win the ball and cross, he couldn’t quite turn it in.

Jordy Mongoy made a decent run from another Hammond free kick, but Heard covered well and deflected his attempt for a corner, which reached Hammond whose shot was saved by Henry Newcombe for another corner, although it looked as if it may have been going wide. From the second corner, former Invicta centre back and Lewes Skipper Frankie Chappell saw the ball glance of his forehead and go wide. Jackson was then uncharacteristically booked for a foul, although the free kick came to nothing. Dayshonne Golding, who had been a thorn in our side in the recent Buildbase F.A. Trophy game at the BuildKent Stadium, had been kept reasonably quiet, but he started to get more involved and looked more dangerous, as first he latched on to a through ball which Matt Newman guided away for a corner, from which Newcombe collected his corner with ease. Invicta had one last chance, when a long ball caught the Lewes defence out but just as it looked like McCann might latch onto it, Stroomberg-Clarke had come smartly off his line to collect the ball.

So, the teams went in level at half-time, and on balance Invicta would probably be more disappointed not to have been in the lead. The Lewes management looked as if they had realised this at the break, as they made two substitutions, with Kayne Diedrick-Roberts replacing Tegan Freeman and Peter Gregory coming on for Jordy Mongoy, who had a tight hamstring, so may have been more of an enforced change.

Gregory was involved straight away as he just failed to connect to a cross from Stefan Ilic as the home side started the second half on the front foot. Charlie Coppola then also had to be replaced as he obtained a gashed shin and returning hero Billy Medlock came on. Although again the Referee caused consternation amongst all concerned as Coppola was injured right by the touchline and could easily have been rolled off the pitch to continue his treatment rather than cause further delay. Almost straight after the substitution Dos Santos saw his instant shot well saved by Stroomberg-Clarke as he punched clear. Heard was then fouled on the edge of the area by Hammond, who picked up a booking for his trouble, but the free kick was blasted high and wide by Hasler.

Medlock and Golding then combined well with the latter shooting just wide of the right hand post.  Lewes increased the pressure, and Heard became the next player in the Referee’s book for a foul on Leon Redwood who took the free kick himself, but again it came to nothing. on the hour, Johan Ter Horst replaced Hasler as the shape of the team was changed slightly. Lewes then won a corner, which was floated in by Redwood and nodded wide by Medlock who had escaped his marker in the box.

Then came the best chance of the game, Jackson latched on to a long clearance and outpaced the Lewes defence before rounding the goalkeeper, but with the goal begging he didn’t quite get a full connection on the ball and a Lewes defender cleared his shot off the line, although Jackson did appear to have been pushed as he shot. The game was now becoming more end-to-end, and ‘The Rooks’ broke away and won a corner, which wasn’t cleared and Gregory saw his excellent low shot go through a crowd of players before Newcombe pulled off a superb save to turn it round the post for another corner.

Ilic then became the fourth player in the Referee’s notebook for a foul on Dolan just outside the area, from which Jackson curled the free kick just over the bar as it landed on the top of the net.  Stroomberg-Clarke then sliced the goal kick straight to Dos Santos, who ran through before sending in a dangerous cross which was agonisingly just out of Jackson’s reach. McCann and Ter Horst were forming a good partnership on the left hand side, firstly they combined for McCann to cross, which again didn’t find anyone in the box and then they then did the same, and this time Jackson saw his curling shot plucked out the air by the Lewes goalkeeper. Substitute Medlock was then booked for simulation as he went down in the penalty area.

Invicta went close one last time when Vincent combined with Ter Horst who played a clever ball to Heard and his cross was cleared for a corner from which, two Invicta players got in each others’ way and the ball was eventually cleared. Redwood then had a shot from the edge of the area that was easily saved by Newcombe.

That was the end of the goalmouth action, but in time added on Heard was sent off, having received a second yellow card for a poor tackle which really couldn’t be argued with, although what could be disputed was the amount of extra time played, which was three and a half minutes, although it should have been at least five if not more. The sending off, means that Heard will now miss the crucial top-of-the-table clash against Horsham next Saturday.

After the game, Neil said; “Having had a couple of weeks off, I was concerned that we would be a bit rusty but we started well and were the better side for the first half hour. “However, the game then got a bit scrappy and I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t push on more. “However, no game is easy in this League and we picked up a good away point which looked even better when we saw the rest of Saturday’s results!. ”We will have to play better on Tuesday though if we want to pick up the three points”.

Today’s Teams

Lewes; Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke, Thomas Day, Leon Redwood, Tegan Freeman (Kayne Diedrick-Roberts, 46 mins), Frankie Chappell (Captain), Alex Malins, Dayshonne Golding, James Hammond, Jordy Mongoy (Peter Gregory, 46 mins), Charlie Coppola (Billy Medlock), Stefan Ilic, (Unused Sub; Emmanuel Yeboah).

Folkestone Invicta; Henry Newcombe, Josh Vincent, Alfie Paxman, Matt Newman, Callum Davies (Captain), Sam Hasler (Johan Ter Horst, 61 mins), Scott Heard, Ronnie Dolan, Ira Jackson, Jerson Dos Santos & Kieron McCann, (Unused Subs; Finn O’Mara, Micheal Everitt, Nat Blanks & Tim Roberts).

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

Many thanks to all our supporters who travelled to the game today, the attendance was 565 which compared well with their pre-match average of 484, on what was a chilly afternoon. 

Next game

We are at home on Tuesday (3rd December), when Kingstonian visit for a BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division fixture, kick-off 7:45pm.

Friday’s Results

Emirates F.A. Cup Second Round

Maldon & Tiptree

0

Newport County

1

Saturday’s Results

BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division Results

Brightlingsea Regent

1

Cheshunt

1

Carshalton Athletic

4

Cray Wanderers

0

Enfield Town

2

Wingate & Finchley

2

Haringey Borough

2

Worthing

2

Hornchurch

0

Bognor Regis Town

0

Horsham

0

Margate

3

Lewes

0

Folkestone Invicta

0

Merstham

2

Bishop's Stortford

2

Potters Bar Town

0

Bowers & Pitsea

2

Emirates F.A. Cup Second Round

Kingstonian

0

AFC Fylde

2

The Round-up with the details of the above games will appear in a separate article on our website later.