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Two more from hotshot Draycott as loyal Cugley passes another huge milestone in his managerial career



As Invicta marked Neil Cugley's 900th game in charge - can we really be sure, when he achieved that astonisning mileston, but what's a couple of matches between friends - his side came back from being a goal down at half time to beat Carshalton Athletic 3-1 at the Fullicks Stadium on wet and windy Saturday afternoon.

With the wind in their favour Invicta turned things around with two goals in as many minutes through Josh Vincent and Ian Draycott before top goalscorer Draycott - left - struck again to seal victory.

Striker Michael Campbell had given the visitors a first half lead.

Just one defeat

Neil Cugley’s side has now taken 62 points out of their possible 69 at home in the Ryman League Division One South with just one defeat in their last 25 home league matches.

Invicta went into the game with the same starting 11 that had won 2-0 away to Hastings United on Monday night.

With the conditions clearly a factor Invicta tried to make the best of things in the early exchanges as Draycott shot wide from the right hand side of the penalty area.

And a Paul Booth shot was blocked by a defender when Jordan Wright played the ball in from the right after a Draycott pass.

Campbell got past home captain Liam Friend at the other end in the 24th minute but shot wide as Frankie Chappell got back to put him under pressure.

Jamal Alexander got past Nat Blanks a minute later but his cross from the left was just ahead of Campbell in the middle.

Nassim Dukali’s 27th minute cross from the left got caught in the wind and briefly threatened to catch home goalkeeper Tim Roberts by surprise before going out for a goal kick.

At the other end, a minute later, Vincent shot wide after an exchange of passes with Joe Taylor.

But it was the Robins who opened the scoring on 32 minutes when CAMPBELL hit a low shot past Roberts after striking partner Brendan Murphy-McVey had nicked the ball off central defender Chappell.

Touched over

Invicta responded as Friend found Wright but visiting captain Tony Sinclair cleared from Draycott in the middle.

Chappell headed at goalkeeper Jack Eden when a 36th minute Matt Newman free kick was touched on by Booth.

There were chances at both ends in the 41st minute as a Murphy-McVey corner from the left was touched over by Roberts while Draycott couldn’t quite convert Newman's ball in from the left.

A Chappell shot was then blocked close to the line followng Invicta’s first corner of the game.

The busy Chappell was involved at the other end during first half stoppage time when a Murphy-McVey shot from the left hand side went off the defender for a corner.

Invicta dominated possession from the start of the second half as Blanks fired wide after Vincent had spread the play from right to left and Athletic's Ricardo Panton cleared for a corner when Micheal Everitt played a good ball through to Draycott in a move started by Joe Taylor.

Campbell cut in from the left hand side for Carshalton in the 51st minute but Roberts got down to save at the expense of a corner.

Newman fired well wide for Invicta a minute later after a ball from Wright and a 53rd minute Vincent shot was touched past the post for a corner following a Taylor ball in from the right.

A low Blanks' shot from the left was deflected past the post for a corner and Eden saved a 56th minute Draycott header when Vincent played the ball through to Taylor on the right hand side.

Carshalton made a double substitution as Mickel Miller and Joshua Silvera replaced Murphy-McVey and Dukali.

And sub Silvera was soon involved as he threatened to put Campbell through but Friend intercepted and Draycott took his shot early as Invicta broke at the other end.

But Invicta were level in the 63rd minute when VINCENT (pcitured right) fired home the rebound after Draycott's shot from outside the box came back off the crossbar.

It was right back Vincent’s first goal of the season ahead of a three-match suspension following his recent sending off at East Grinstead.

The home side did not have to wait long to score again, however as a Taylor shot deflected for a corner and the set-piece from the left was met by Friend at the far post and headed off the line before DRAYCOTT pounced from close range.

Invicta's leading scorer DRAYCOTT struck again to increase their lead in the 71st minute, again from close range, as Taylor touched on Wright's corner from the right that hung in the air.


This was Draycott’s fourth goal in successive matches and his 11th in 14 competitive games since joining Invicta from Leatherhead during the summer.

Taylor shot over from the edge of the penalty area after an exchange of passes with Draycott in the 81st minute as Invicta retained control.

Carshalton substitute Robert Tanner then cleared from close to the line when Blanks drilled the ball across goal from the left a minute later.

Invicta gave 18-year-old Reece Palmer his senior debut as a late substitute for Booth.

Blanks then fired wide again after a move involving Newman, Taylor and Draycott while at the other end,  Silvera headed wide when Panton played the ball in for Carshalton during stoppage time.

But a sure sign that Invicta’s confidence was up came as Everitt tried his luck from 30 yards after receiving it from Taylor.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Blanks, Friend, Chappell, Newman, Wright, Taylor, Draycott, Booth (Palmer 84), M Everitt.  

Unused subs: Pilbeam, Edge, Fender.

CARSHALTON ATHLETIC: Eden, Panton, O’Toole (Tanner 65), Sinclair, McKinlay, Males, Moore, Alexander, Campbell, Murphy-McVey (Miller 56), Dukali (Silvera 56)

Unused subs: Carrick, Thornton

Attendance: 275.