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Invicta miss the chance to thrill a big crowd - but ever-reliable Vincent pops up to clinch another vital victory 



Folkestone made it six successive home victories thanks to a 71st minute header from goalscoring fulllback Josh Vincent - pictured - at The Fullicks Stadium on Good Friday afternoon.

The game attracted a season’s best 1,052 crowd as Invicta granted free admission to a Family Day partly as a way of promoting the club and partly as a reward to its loyal supporters who have done so much to help the club in recent seasons.

The only goal of the game came when VINCENT rose to head in a Matt Newman corner from the right hand side.

This was a hard-fought victory for Neil Cugley’s side against a Chipstead side who gave a good account of themselves.

But Cugley’s men took a big step towards ensuring a home play-off semi final on Tuesday April 28th and took advantage of the Friday kick off to move ahead of Faversham Town in second place in the Ryman League Division One South table.

Invicta made one change to the starting personnel as Richard Atkins came in for Ashley Miller (tight groin).

Chipstead had completed a league double over Invicta last season – the Folkestone side has now done the same on them this term – and it was the visitors that made a positive start.

Invicta left back Nat Blanks cleared when a second minute ball came in towards Mowatt and home keeper Tim Roberts got down to save when burly veteran centre forward Andrew Dalhouse shot on the turn inside the penalty area.

An eighth minute Stefan Joseph shot from the edge of the penalty area was saved by Roberts as Chipstead continued to make a good start and Sia Blackwood broke down the left five minutes later but could not get the ball in to Dalhouse.

Strongman Dalhouse then turned Invicta captain Liam Friend on the quarter hour and put fired the ball over from the right but goalkeeper Roberts claimed possession well.

Invicta responded as Jordan Wright found Ian Draycott but Sacha Mbaye headed away to avert the danger.

Chipstead’s Ryan Woodford was booked for a 24th minute foul on Atkins but Draycott hit the subsequent 25-yard free kick just wide.

Draycott played an inviting ball through to Wright in the 26th minute but goalkeeper Milan Stojsavljevic came out to claim.

Referee Jack Packman pulled play back for an Invicta free kick which Draycott hit low at Stojsavljevic.

At the other end, the talented Joseph let fly from 35 yards in the 30th minute but Roberts got down behind the ball to save.

Invicta looked like opening the scoring in the 33rd minute when Atkins took advantage of a defensive error to play the ball through to Draycott whose shot was pushed around the post bt goalkeeper Stojsavljevic as Invicta gained their first corner of the game.

Mowatt headed wide after a 37th minute corner on the left, while for Invicta Wright shot at Stojsavljevic a minute later.

Wright and Dolan had swopped flanks as Invicta sought a breakthrough.

Draycott made a good run down the right hand side into the penalty area in the 39th minute but Stojsavljevic saved at the expense of a corner and the goalkeeper was able to save when Atkins’ header was deflected from Dolan’s set-piece on the right.

Dalhouse showed strength to break free of Frankie Chappell during first half stoppage time and played a dangerous ball across the area towards Mowatt but the excellent Vincent reacted quickest to concede a corner but saved a certain goal.

Invicta brought Jon Pilbeam on for Dolan at half time as the substitute returned after a recent shoulder injury to add pace on the flank.

An Atkins shot was palmed away by Stojsavljevic after just 38 seconds of the restart and a 49th minute ball in from Atkins on the right was put out for a corner by Simon Mensah.

Prolific Wright headed across goal when the ball was played in to the far post.

There were chances at both ends in the 52nd minute as Mowatt could not make enough contact when Dalhouse did well again down the right and Newman made room for himself but shot at Stojsavljevic from the edge of the 18 yard box.

A 55th minute Pilbeam shot from the left of the penalty area was touched round the post for a corner by Stojsavljevic.

Joseph then broke free for Chipstead when Pilbeam lost possession and the Invicta man was booked for pulling back Joseph who went on but was finally stopped by Blanks.

The visitors should have gone ahead on 57 minutes when Mowatt somehow headed wide at the far post from a cross by Woodford.

That chance came only seconds after Roberts had saved a Dalhouse free kick and then denied Blackwood from close range.

Newman chipped the ball into the penalty area on the hour mark when Wright could not get enough power on his header to beat the goalkeeper.

Chipstead should have been reduced to ten men on 68 minutes when Wright burst clear of the already booked Woodford but was pulled back

Referee Mr Packman, who had an otherwise good game, showed leniency.

We will never know for certain but you felt that had any other Chipstead player committed the offence he would have been booked.

The fortunate Woodford thus became the afternoon’s pantomime villain.

Wright then latched onto a ball forward and went round goalkeeper Stojsavljevic who got back to kick it out for the corner that led to Invicta’s winning goal.

A 73rd minute ball came through towards Draycott who couldn’t get the ball under control, whilst an 80th minute Pilbeam cross in from the right was turned dangerously close to his own post by Mbaye.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Blanks, Friend, Chappell, Newman, Wright, Dolan (Pilbeam 45), Draycott, Atkins, M Everitt. Subs not used: Edge, J Everitt, Palmer, Fender  

CHIPSTEAD: Stojsavljevic, Mensah (Mole 82), Flanagan, Woodford (Carpenter 72), Osei, Mbaye, Blackwood, McLeod, Dalhouse, Mowatt (Colbran 77), Joseph.  Sub not used: Millar. 

Attendance: 1052.

Corners: Invicta 10 Chipstead 7