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MATCH REPORT  FOR    CHESHUNT   V    FOLKESTONE INV  

 SCORE  2 - 1    Gate 205

DATE 13/10/20.  

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Cheshunt went top of the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division as an 80th minute goal from Adam Cunnington went through Invicta goalkeeper Tim Roberts to condemn the Folkestone side to defeat at Theobalds Lane.

The Hertfordshire club has now won five of its opening six league fixtures and leapfrogged Carshalton Athletic who had themselves become the latest early season leaders with a 3-1 home win over Horsham on Monday night in what is shaping up to be a highly competitive division in 2020-21.

Bishop’s Stortford, the last remaining unbeaten side in the division, are new leaders Cheshunt’s next opponents at the weekend.

The home club had taken an early lead through big striker Mo Camara but Invicta levelled through top goalscorer David Smith just 22nd seconds after the interval on what was another rainy night.

Team news had seen Aaron Simpson come in for Sammy Moore (hamstring) for the visitors. The vastly experienced Moore had made his Invicta debut at Bishop’s Stortford the previous Tuesday night and then played his part in Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Potters Bar Town but after a playing absence of two years was feeling the effects of a Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday schedule.

Player-coach Micheal Everitt also sat this one out on the sidelines.

Despite gaining an early corner, Invicta endured a difficult start as Josh Vincent was booked for an early foul on Reece Beckles-Richards.

It was soon 1-0 in the sixth minute as Craig Edwards’ side worked the ball up the right hand side and Jamie Reynolds’ ball across goal was converted by CAMARA.

It was to be a first half of few chances but Invicta got better as the game went on.

A 33rd minute Scott Heard ball in from the left was met by Vincent at the far post but goalscorer Camara was back to clear.

At the other end, home captain Taylor Miles combined with striker David Knight in the 37th minute and when the ball was played into the box visiting goalkeeper Roberts came out to save from Reynolds at the expense of a corner.

Invicta re-shaped at half time as Simpson dropped to left back, Wright moved up into midfield and Draycott dropped deeper

It was almost immediately 1-1 as a Miles back pass let SMITH in and the striker went round goalkeeper Shane Gore and put the ball into the net for his fifth goal in eight games.

The goal was the first that Cheshunt had conceded in a home league match this season after 1-0 wins over both East Thurrock United and Bognor Regis Town.You got the sense that it might be a springboard for the visitors to go onand win the game but though the visitors were much improved during the second half it was not to be.

A 50th minute free kick into the visitors’ box was touched on and fired in by Camara but the striker’s effort was ruled out by a flag for offside, a fate his Invicta number ten counterpart and fellow goalscorer Smith had suffered during the first half.

Miles made a good 57th minute run and found Beckles-Richards, who had temporarily switched to the right hand side, and the ball came into the penalty area towards Camara but the Invicta defence managed to scramble the ball away.

Invicta broke up the left hand side a minute later when Adem Ramadan’s ball across fell to Ronnie Dolan whose shot was deflected for a corner.

The visitors’ only substitution saw new signing Ollie Taylor come on for Draycott and adopt an attacking role on the right flank.

Cheshunt’s Miles was booked for preventing a quick free kick being taken on the hour mark.

When former Billericay Town striker Cunnington replaced Knight to partner Camara before the goalscorer was himself replaced eight minutes later Cheshunt must have had one of the tallest attacking pairings imaginable.

A 64th minute Miles corner from the right was met by an Adam Crowther header at Roberts.

Roberts was called into action again a minute later when a free kick into the box was met by a glancing Cunnington header.

Simpson broke up a home attack in the 73rd minute and Heard released Wright inside the penalty area but the latter chose to try and pick Smith out and only found a Cheshunt defender.

It was now a fast and furious encounter as the game had opened up. Invicta defender Finn O’Mara did well to deny Cunnington in the middle after a good 74th minute ball from Tanasheh Abrahams.

Invicta threatened again in the 77th minute when Ramadan and Simpson combined to create a chance but Tanner fluffed his shot.

Cunnington got in behind now left back Simpson and hit a well-struck shot two minutes later that Roberts saved at the expense of a corner after fellow substitute Zach Newton had found Reynolds down the right hand side.

The winning goal came via an initial Miles corner from the right that Roberts flapped at and then let CUNNINGTON’s header go through his legs. The Invicta goalkeeper protested to referee Jack Bloxham that he had been fouled but will have been very disappointed with his subsequent error.

There were chances at both ends in the 87th minute as a low Cunnington shot rolled narrowly wide when the ball was played up to him in the box and a Tanner shot was then saved by Gore – signed from Wingate & Finchley in the summer – after a Heard ball into the box.

Invicta had a couple of chances to grab a stoppage time equaliser as a Ramadan shot flashed past the far post across goal from the right hand side after Smith had comibned with Tanner.

A ball in from the right hand side then gave Ramadan another chance inside the penalty area but he didn’t connect cleanly enough and Gore saved.

There was also a booking for Cheshunt’s Beckles-Richards.

This was Invicta’s first defeat against Cheshunt in what was the fifth meeting between the two clubs.

It was Invicta’s first away league defeat since going down 4-3 aqway to Bognor Regis Town on January 18th.

CHESHUNT: Gore, Fraser, Abrahams, Miles, McKenzie, Crowther, Beckles-Richards (Adarkwa 79 mins), Re, Knight (Cunnington 62 mins), Camara (Newton 70 mins), Reynolds.  Unused subs: Simms, Gharbaoui.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA:, Roberts, Vincent, Wright, O’Mara, Davies, Dolan, Heard, Simpson, Draycott (Tanner 57 mins), Smith, Ramadan.  Unused subs: Sterling, Woodcock, Blanks, Newcombe.

Attendance: 205.