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Ten Man Haringey Borough Nick A Point

A bitterly cold afternoon with a blustery wind and a heavy pitch greeted the players at the BuildKent Stadium which made attacking flowing football difficult for both sides. As expected Nat Blanks came in for the suspended Alfie Paxman, whilst neither Matt Newman nor Sam Hasler were fit enough to play a full game, but the latter was on the bench, and more about that later!

Unsurprisingly, both sides took a while to adjust to the conditions, but it was Invicta who had the first chance when Scott Heard’s excellent pass was superbly controlled by Ira Jackson, but as the striker made room to shoot, he was closed down by two defenders. After ten minutes of sparring, Johan Ter Horst had an excellent chance to put the home side in front, when having been put through by Jackson’s defence splitting pass, he dragged his shot wide of the post as Haringey Borough goalkeeper Jonathan Miles advanced off his line. A minute later, our opponents then had a half-chance as following a good run and cross from full-back Callum Ismail, Romoluwa Akinola was unable to control the ball at the far post and the ball bounced away for a goal kick.

 

Jerson Dos Santos was then fouled twenty-five yards out to the left of the goal, and although Jackson struck his shot well around the wall, Miles was equal to it at the near post. Heard, who again was looking the most creative player on the pitch, then played the ball wide, Blanks did well to keep the ball in play as he passed down the line to Jackson who sent in a powerful cross, which was well  defended and headed clear. Invicta kept pushing on trying to get a breakthrough, but Ter Horst and and Vincent both saw crosses dealt with by the Haringey Borough defence, before Dos Santos then  dragged a shot wide.

Then Invicta had a let-off, as having failed to clear the ball, and a cross-shot from Roman Michael Percil was parried out by Tim Roberts, it went straight to Georgios Aresti and his shot shaved the right hand post as it went wide. Roberts was then called into action again as he was swiftly off his line as Jorge Djassi-Sambu closed in. From his clearance, Ter Horst headed on Robert’s kick to Vincent whose cross was cleared as far as Michael Everitt who did well to recycle the ball back to Vincent, but again his cross was plucked out the air by goalkeeper Miles.

Ter Horst was then fouled by Stelios Demetriou who was perhaps lucky not to pick up a caution for a blatant body-check. The kick was taken and reached the opposite side of the pitch where Ter Horst was again fouled, but this time it was wasted as Everitt played the ball to Jackson standing in an offside position. That was the end of it for the first half and that last incident seemed to sum up the first period as although both teams did their best in the conditions there were too many loose passes with chances at a premium.

Both sides started the second half without any changes and Anthos Solomou won an early corner which was taken by Akinola and it found Solomou in space but he blasted over. Invicta then had a corner, and the ball came to Callum Davies at the far post but but he was unable to turn the ball in. Ter Horst then saw his powerful shot from the edge of the area well saved by Miles, Dos Santos couldn’t connect at the far post and then Heard also blasted his shot over the bar.

Solomou found Michael Percil who won a corner, which was glanced just wide of the far post as there was a brighter start to the second half. Vincent sent in a dangerous cross which Everitt couldn’t quite reach despite his spectacular dive. Everitt and Ronnie Dolan combined well to get the ball to Heard who in turn passed to Ter Horst but his cross was just out of reach of the stretching Dos Santos.

Callum Ismail was booked for taking his time over a throw-in and then opposite full-back and former Invicta defender Salvyn Kisitu was shown a red card as he slid in late and caught Heard. This allowed Invicta to take the game to our opponents, but the paucity of shots and over complication in and around the penalty area led to clear chances being limited, although Dos Santos ran onto a Jackson through ball and rounded Miles, but he was pushed wide and couldn’t get his shot in. That was Dos Santos’ last involvement as he was replaced by Chin McKenzie and a minute later our opponents also made a substitution as Anthony McDonald replaced Solomou. McKenzie was immediately involved as he found Dolan in space but again he got caught in two minds with the shoot/pass conundrum and eventually his cross was collected by Miles.

Everitt was then replaced by Kieron McCann as Invicta took on a more attacking formation in an attempt to get the vital goal and he almost made an impression straight away as with his first touch he found Vincent whose cross was cleared for a corner which was also scrambled away, although in the 80th minute after Ter Horst had seen his shot well saved by Miles, Vincent followed up to slam the ball home to give Invicta the lead. After the goal, Stelios Demetriou picked up a yellow card.

Being a goal down and having ten men may have seen some clubs capitulate, but to their credit, Haringey Borough came back into the game as Roberts made an excellent save from Michael Percil. We then had an unusual incident, when unused Invicta substitute Sam Hasler picked up a yellow card for delaying a throw-in as he threw the ball away! In the 89th minute, our opponents got their equaliser, Vincent was adjudged to have fouled Michael Percil on the edge of the area and from the resultant free kick, Akinola, who had been their most dangerous player all afternoon, curled the ball over the wall and into the net, despite Roberts’ despairing dive. It could have been worse for Invicta as in time added on Roberts made another good save from Akinola to deny him and Haringey Borough their second.

That was the last of the action and on balance it will look like two points dropped, but Haringey Borough were better than their League position suggested and the game was played in difficult conditions, so who knows, at the end of the season we may look back and see this as a vital point gained. The result did however see us drop to 2nd for the first time in six weeks as Worthing completed an expected victory over Merstham to go two points clear. 

After the game Neil Cugley said; “I was disappointed we didn’t win and we made enough chances to do so. “Johan [Ter Horst] had a great chance to score early on and had that gone in the game would have been different. “We felt content at half time and felt we could go on and win, Ronnie [Dolan] and Scott [Heard] were excellent in midfield but I was disappointed with the forwards as they missed a few chances and seemed to be worried about shooting and were guilty of overplaying, that was one of the reasons I took off Mev [Micheal Everitt] and put Kieron [McCann] on hoping to change it a bit. “I thought we defended well and some of the lads have said they thought JV [Josh Vincent] got the ball when he was pulled up for a foul that led to their goal. “With Chin [McKenzie] getting his fitness back and Kieron also doing well when he comes on as a substitute, we will look at making changes if necessary as all we ask the forwards to do is score goals, and at the moment they aren’t.” I asked him what he meant by changes and he said; “If necessary we may have to look at bringing other players in and letting some go, but we don’t want to make knee-jerk reactions as this is the first real blip in form we’ve had this season. “Everywhere else is looking good , we’ve got two good goalkeepers, Finn [O’Mara] and Nat [Blanks] have fitted in well and were both excellent today, so we just need the forwards to start scoring, after all it is their job!”.

After the game, match sponsor Steve Clarke of SC Developments presented the  ‘Man of the Match’ trophy to Scott Heard. Many thanks to The Trophy Shop (Hythe) (www.kenttrophies.co.uk) for donating this season’s awards.

Today’s Teams;

Folkestone Invicta; Tim Roberts, Josh Vincent, Nat Blanks, Finn O’Mara, Callum Davies (Captain), Ronnie Dolan, Scott Heard, Micheal Everitt (Kieron McCann, 77 mins), Ira Jackson, Jerson Dos Santos (Chin McKenzie, 71 mins) & Johan Ter Horst (Unused Subs; Sam Hasler, Tyler Sterling & Henry Newcombe).

Goalscorer - Josh Vincent (80 mins).

Haringey Borough; Jonathan Miles, Callum Ismail, Salvyn Kitisu, Jorge Djassi-Sambu, Stelios Demetriou, Konstantinos Alexandrou, Roman Michael Percil, Georgios Aresti, Anthos Solomou (Anthony McDonald, 73 mins), Scott Durojaiye (Captain) & Romoluwa Akinola, (Unused Subs Paris Panagiotou, Andreas Loizou & Qamil Dervishaj).

Goalscorer - Romoluwa Akinola (89 mins).

Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported their respective team, the attendance was 536, which was a good turnout  considering the weather.

 

We are at home again on Tuesday, when Bognor Regis Town visit for an Alan Turvey Trophy (sponsored by Velocity) Second Round tie, kick-off 7:45pm, which was postponed just before Christmas, with the winners visiting Basildon United of the North Division in the next round. When the game was originally going to be played on December 21st, we ran a ‘Festive Fiver’ promotion, you’ll be pleased to hear that this will also apply on Tuesday, so admission prices will be Adults; £5.00, Concessions; £3.00 and Under 16s; Free.

 

Today’s Results

 

F.A. Trophy Second Round

 

 

 

Hornchurch (P)

1

Aveley (N)

2

Kingstonian (P)

1

Leamington

1

 

 

 

 

Premier Division

 

 

 

Bowers & Pitsea

1

Cray Wanderers

2

Enfield Town

2

Brightlingsea Regent

2

Folkestone Invicta

1

Haringey Borough

1

Horsham

1

Corinthian-Casuals

0

Leatherhead

1

Bognor Regis Town

2

Lewes

0

Carshalton Athletic

1

Margate

0

East Thurrock United

1

Potters Bar Town

1

Bishop's Stortford

0

Wingate & Finchley

1

Cheshunt

2

Worthing

6

Merstham

1

 

A full round-up of these games will appear on our website shortly.