First Team
Isthmian League Premier Division Sat 20 January Coles Park Stadium
Haringey Boro
Folkestone Invicta

After last week’s win at Enfield Town Invicta returned to North London, this time to visit Haringey Borough, and came home with a point to continue an unbeaten start to the new year.

Despite 3 additions to the squad during the week Andy Drury only made one enforced change to his started XI as the injured Chris Sessegnon was replaced in defence by Toby Byron.

Dean Rance, Louis Collins and Eddie Allsopp all took up a place on the bench having trained with the squad twice this week, alongside Jordon Ababio and Ian Gayle who returned to the squad for the first time since picking up an injury on Boxing Day.

New additions Louis Collins & Eddie Allsopp warm up ahead of kickoff.

Invicta started the better in what was to prove a game of very few chances. David Smith was unable to control the ball in a scramble from and Invicta corner on the 12 minute mark.

A minute later a cross from the right found Toby Byron at the back post but his effort came off a defender and just evaded to reach of Tom Derry before dropping wide for another corner.

That corner found the head of 3 players in the box before Smith stretched at the back post to try and turn it on target but his effort went just wide.

Toby Byron on the ball

Inivcta’s early threat had mainly come from set pieces and began to wain as we reached the halfway point of the 1st half. Haringey found their 1st sight of goal in the 27th minute as a cutback found Mohammed Kahdum 12 yards out but his shot flew well over.

Invicta had a good shout for a penalty in the 35th minute as David Smith was wrestled to the ground from a corner but the referee ignored his protest.

With chances increasingly difficult to comedy for both sides Seidou Sanogo took his frustrations out from the best part of 40 yards on 39 minutes but was unable to hit the target.

Invicta deliver a couple of free kicks from deep in stoppage time but could not muster any opportunity of note and the sides went in level at the break, probably happy to get out of the bitter cold.

Travelling Invicta supporters set up camp behind the Haringey goal at half time.

Early in the 2nd half Jason Fregene picked up the only booking of the afternoon following a coming together between him and Mekhi Leacock-McLeod as they chased a ball in behind the Invicta defence.

While Invicta could continue to dominate possession in the 2nd half, it was Haringey who saw themselves with a number of set pieces either to deliver into the box or have a shot on goal.

Drury made his first change shortly before the hour mark as he introduced Dean Rance, making his debut following his signing on loan from Scunthorpe United on Tuesday, Seidou Sanogo making way.

Chances remained few and far between but Haringey went closest to a breakthrough halfway through the 2nd period with a free kick that clipped the top of the crossbar.

Invicta soon made a second change, introducing Louis Collins in place of David Smith in an attempt to unlock the Haringey defence. Collins quickly showed what he is about as he ran onto a clearance from Kane Penn but was unable to bring the bouncing ball under control as he aimed to beat 2 Haringey defenders to run through on goal.

The Coles Park floodlights

Eddie Allsopp became the 3rd debutant to enter the battle as he replaced Scott Heard after 83 minutes.

It was Invicta who looked like they might find a dramatic late goal to steal all 3 points late on. Ade Cole fired wide from 25 yards with little more than a minute to go, Kane Penn fired high and wide from distance as he came onto a bouncing ball at pace 30 yards from goal and Toby Derry was flagged offside as he was fed into a shooting position by Collins deep into stoppage time.

That was to prove the be the last of the limited action on show at Coles Park, Invicta disappointed not to have taken more but taking the positives of a 4th game unbeaten and a 3rd clean sheet since the turn of the year as we head into a third away trip in a row on Tuesday evening at Canvey Island.