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This Saturday We Honour George

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On Saturday, 31st July, we visit our old friends Ashford United, who play in the Pitching In Isthmian League South-East Division, for our penultimate pre-season game and the playing of the George Sargeant Memorial Shield. The game is played in memory of George, who spent an incredible fifty-two years at Ashford in its various guises before passing away in 2015 aged ninety-five. He was one of the real characters of the game and Neil has some great stories from when they shared the dug-out at Ashford Town, remembering George he said: ‘I had six or seven years with George at Ashford when I was Manager and at times it was his terrific Irish sense of humour that kept us all going and it was great that he was at the club to enjoy the Fulham and Watford games in the F.A. Cup. ‘Mind you, he wasn’t always the most optimistic of people, on many occasions we would go two or three goals up and he’d turn round and say one more should do it! I remember once we went 6-0 up against Erith & Belvedere and as he turned to face me, I said don’t say it George!!’.

 

This is the sixth playing of the Shield and if you want to increase your goals per game average, this is the one to see, in the five previous games there have been thirty-four goals, an average of almost seven per game! (That’s done it, get ready for a 0-0 draw!). The results so far have been:

 

2016

Ashford United

5

Folkestone Invicta

4

2017

Ashford United

1

Folkestone Invicta

4

2018

Ashford United

0

Folkestone Invicta

4

2019

Ashford United

2

Folkestone Invicta

7

2020

Folkestone Invicta

6

Ashford United

1

2021

Ashford United

vs

Folkestone Invicta

 

 

Ashford United are managed by the highly respected team of Tommy Warrilow, who played under Neil Cugley during his time as Manager of Ashford Town during the 1990s and has also managed Tonbridge Angels, Cray Wanderers and Thamesmead Town, and he is assisted by Alex O’Brien. When last season ended prematurely, they were lying in mid-table in 11th position, but they had only played six games and so would have been expected to make a challenge for a least a Play-off place, having been 2nd in the previous season when it was terminated and losing 2-1 (aet) against Horsham in the Play-off Final in the last completed season, which was 2018/19!

 

As far as their squad is concerned, it is looking similar to last season, although former Invicta midfielder Sam Hasler has left and joined Hastings United, and they’ve been trying out a number of trialists in their pre-season games so far. One member of their squad that won’t need any introduction to Invicta supporters is Johan Ter Horst, who joined the ‘Nuts and Bolts’ last season, and he already has one hat-trick to his name in their pre-season games.

 

So far in those pre-season games, they’ve won 6-1 at SCEFL First Division Rochester United, with, as mentioned, a hat-trick (including a penalty) from Ter Horst, one from Ben Goreham and the other two coming from Trialists, 1-0 at home against Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division Margate, with the all-important goal coming from Jack Steventon, and 3-1 at home against SCEFL Premier Division and one of the favourites for the title, Sheppey United, where second half goals from Tommie Fagg, Jono Richardson and Luke Leppard saw them come back from a goal down at the break. They’ve drawn 3-3 at home against SCEFL Premier Division Kennington (who incidentally also play their home games at Homelands) with strikes from Ter Horst, Tom Bolarinwa and Dan Hull and they went down 4-1 at Crabble against Dover Athletic with their consolation goal again scored by Steventon.

 

Not surprisingly Neil is looking forward to returning to the Homelands on Saturday, saying: ‘I had an enjoyable few seasons at Ashford with the F.A. Cup runs and I’ve got a lot of friends there. ‘They are a good well-run club and I’m looking forward to going back and meeting up with my good friend Tommy Warrilow who is in charge up there.’

 

He then revealed that the strength of the squad is improving: ‘As I mentioned last week, I was disappointed with the number of injuries we’ve had in these pre-season games, but we are starting to get some players  back into the squad. ‘JV [Josh Vincent], Matt [Newman] and Jordan [Wright], all came through last week’s game at Dover, and should all feature in the game, and Draycs [Ian Draycott] will hopefully also play, I was hoping he would play last week but he wasn’t quite ready, and RJ [Ryan Johnson] will also be back. ‘That leaves Scott [Heard], Macca [Kieron McCann] and Callum [Davies] still missing as they will need further recovery time from their injuries, whilst Aaron [Simpson] missed last week’s game as he wasn’t feeling very well, and we’ll see how he is for this week.’    

 

Unusually, last season, we played for the George Sargeant Memorial Shield at the BuildKent Stadium in a ‘double-header’ for the Sid Burvill Trophy as well, as Ashford United kindly agreed to switch the venue to allow us to get our initial COVID ‘test event’ game played, which meant we could have a maximum of 600 spectators to attend our games thereafter. Unfortunately for the ‘Nuts and Bolts’, their kindness  was not reciprocated as we ran out 6-1 winners with the defining moment of the game being the early sending off of Jono Richardson who was adjudged to have been the last man having tripped Scott Heard. The teams on the day were as follows:

 

Folkestone Invicta; Henry Newcombe (Tim Roberts, 46 mins), Josh Vincent, Alfie Paxman, Matt Newman (Finn O’Mara, 45 mins),  Callum Davies (Captain),  Ronnie Dolan, Scott Heard (Micheal Everitt, 46 mins), Sam Hasler (Tyler Sterling, 46 mins), David Smith (Clark Woodcock, 58 mins), Adem Ramadan (Johan Ter Horst, 46 mins) & Kieron McCann (Ian Draycott, 46 mins), (Sub not used; Harvey Wright).

 

Goalscorers; Scott Heard (28 mins), Ian Draycott (46 mins, 66 mins & 73 mins (pen), Tyler Sterling (54 mins), & Johan Ter Horst (77 mins).

 

Ashford United; Sam Mott (Captain), Tariq Ossai, Bradley Simms, Ben Gorham, Jono Richardson, Jack Miles, (Luke Burden, 74 mins), Josh Wissen, Bode Anidugbe, Tim Ogunrinde (Mamadou, 31 mins, Theo Osinfolarin, 65 mins), Tommy Fagg & Aaron Condon (Subs not used; Charlie Lopez, Ben Binder & Lee Hook).

 

Goalscorer; Bode Anidugbe (34 mins).

 

 

Ashford United Address Details

The Homelands Stadium, Ashford Road, Kingsnorth, Ashford, Kent, TN26 1NJ

  • Road mileage, 16.70 miles (travel time, 24 minutes - subject to the M20 of course!)
  • Nearest rail station, Hamstreet, 3.20 miles (Ashford International is 3.40 miles)

 

Admission

£5.00, with concessions only £3.00, Under 16s £1.00 or free if accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available here: ashfordunitedfc.ktckts.com/event/aut2021pre04/ashford-united-v-folkestone-invicta or you can pay at the gate either by cash or card.

 

Folkestone Invicta’s Pre-Season Fixtures and Results

 

Date

Opponents

H/A

Kick-off/Result (F-A)

Sat 26th June

Ramsgate

H

4-2

Sat 3rd July

Welling United

H

3-1

Sat 10th July

Eastbourne Borough

H

3-3

Tue 13th July

Chatham Town

H

2-0

Sat 17th July

Hythe Town

H

2-1

Sat 24th July

Dover Athletic

A

1-2

Sat 31st July

Ashford United

A

3:00pm

Sat 7th August

Maidstone United

H

3:00pm

Sat 14th August

Worthing (ILP)

H

3:00pm