First Team
Isthmian League Premier Division Tue 16 April Alcaline Stadium
Folkestone Invicta
Concord Rangers

There was an end of season feel at the Alcaline Stadium as Invicta shared the points the relegated Concord Rangers.

The sun set over the Remland Stand as the teams made their way out onto the pitch, Invicta making three changes from the side that travelled to Chatham Town on Saturday. The back four remained unchanged in front of goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Seidou Sanogo and Cameron Brodie returned to midfield while David Smith came in to partner Tom Derry in attack.

Invicta began the evening on the front foot as they attacked the Remland Stand, a 4th minute cross from Cameron Brodie allowing Eddie Allsopp to get off a shot that was blocked before Michael Kedman saw an effort saved.

Brodie was next to see a shot blocked after Tom Derry laid the ball off to him just outside the penalty area in the 8th minute before he then fired wide from further out in the 13th.

Invicta shortly lost Jason Fregene to injury with Will Moses deputising at right back before Brodie was also forced to depart on the half hour mark, Louis Collins coming on as manager Andy Drury reshuffled his midfield.

Collins was straight into the action as he latched onto a McKenzie-Lyle kick that came off 2 Concord defenders but he was unable to get a true strike on his effort that was saved low at the near post.

Rance was next to shoot from distance with little over 10 minutes left in the first half but his effort bobbled wide.

Half time would come without either side having truly tested the opposition goalkeeper.

It was from an Allsopp free kick that Invicta created the first chance of the second half, the midfielder shifting the ball wide to Kedman to deliver a cross the Derry headed towards the bottom corner to force a good save.

Just 4 minutes later and it was a cross as the other end that brought about the night’s opening goal. A throw taken short to Joe Halsey was then delivered to the back post where Harrison Day rose highest to plant his header past the Invicta keeper and give the visitors a shock lead.

Invicta responded quickly. David Smith saw a shot blocked before Derry headed a deep Allsopp free kick into the arms of the keeper.

It would take Invicta until 15 minutes from time to get their breakthrough. Goalkeeper Mason Terry came to punch a corner from Allsopp, only managing to flick the ball onto the back post where an outstretched leg from Seidou Sanogo turned it home to level the score.

Invicta would throw balls into the box both from set pieces and open play in the final 15 minutes but would ultimately fail to properly test Terry again as the evening drew to a close. Andy Drury’s side extended their unbeaten home record to 7 games ahead of the final home league fixture with Dulwich Hamlet.

Captain Ian Gayle was selected as Man of the Match by representatives from Folkestone Invicta Supporters Club.