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Newcomer Ronnie makes immediate impact as Invicta romp to another good home win



Folkestone Invicta made it seven consecutive wins in all competitions and 23 goals from those games as their excellent run continued at home to Corinthian-Casuals on Tuesday night.

As with Saturday’s narrow 2-1 home win over Walton Casuals, Invicta had to work hard as Corinthian Casuals equalised midway through the second half after Jordan Wright had given Neil Cugley’s side an early lead.

Paul Booth soon restored Invicta’s lead and the striker struck again to make it 3-1 from the penalty spot after visiting captain Danny Hicks was sent off for an off the ball kick at Jon Pilbeam.

New signing Ronnie Dolan (right) completed the scoring with his first touch in an Invicta shirt and the home side also gave a late run out to new Romanian signing Flavius Fedor.

Invicta’s home record at The Fullicks Stadium is now 25 points out of a possible 27 for this season and 71 points out of their last possible 78 in the Ryman League Division One South. 

Manager Cugley’s side has now lost just once – against Chipstead last season – in their last 28 home league matches.

The Folkestone side went into the game with one enforced change as Joe Taylor came in for injured top goalscorer Ian Draycott (hamstring).

And the home side were soon ahead as a Pilbeam ball in from the right was touched on by Taylor and WRIGHT volleyed into the opposite corner of the net from the left-hand side of the six yard box in the eighth minute.

It was Wright’s fourth goal in the last five matches since he opened his account at South Park having only made his senior starting debut for the club in mid-September.

A close range Taylor shot was saved by visiting goalkeeper Danny Bracken when home captain Liam Friend met a corner from the right four minutes later.

At the other end, striker Jamie Byatt missed a 17th minute chance with the outside of his boot when he was played through by Danny Green who had been picked out on the right by Maz Bettache.

Visiting captain Hicks was the first of three Corinthian-Casuals players to be booked during the first half but was later to find himself in more serious trouble.

Home goalkeeper Tim Roberts got down to save when Dave Hodges sent in a low cross from the left hand side after a 23rd minute Bettache ball.

Danny Dudley was then booked a minute later for a rash challenge on Friend.

Lee Hall tried an inventive 25th minute chip from distance but did not find enough power to beast Roberts, while Wright blasted across goal from the left hand side a minute later for Invicta after being found by Taylor.

Wright had another chance in the 29th minute that was very similar to the opening goal but this time he shot over at the far post when Taylor glanced on a Josh Vincent cross from the right.

Green played the ball up to Byatt for the visitors in the 33rd minute but a combination of central defenders Frankie Chappell and Friend blocked the striker’s shot.

Invicta had the ball in the net again in the 38th minute but striker Taylor was flagged offside after Wright had this time turned provider when Booth headed on a clearance from Roberts.

The first half came to a close with a booking for Hall after a reckless challenge on Vincent.

Corinthian Casuals were still very much in the match and gained their only two corners of the night early in the second half.

The visitors were enjoying a good spell as Byatt took the ball on and shot just over the crossbar on the turn from the edge of the penalty area in the 51st minute.

Byatt then lobbed wide six minutes later when Roberts came out to clear from striker Carl Wilson-Denis.

For Invicta, a Pilbeam shot was saved for a corner by Bracken after a Taylor ball.

But the visitors were level in the 67th minute when a Bettache free kick from the left was headed in by BYATT.

Invicta, though, regained their lead just a minute later when BOOTH ran through the middle and rolled the ball into the net.

Invicta left back Nat Blanks headed clear when a Bettache shot was deflected after a Wilson-Denis ball.

The final ten minutes was to be incident packed as Bracken made a superb save to touch an 83rd minute Booth shot round the post after a good run by Wright.

The Surrey outfit were then reduced to ten men as Hicks kicked out wildly at Pilbeam off the ball and was given a straight red card as his moment of madness was spotted by an assistant referee.

It was the third game out of the last four that an opposing player had been given a straight red card against Invicta.

BOOTH (left) stepped up to convert the 83rd minute penalty for his second goal of the night.

It was the veteran striker's ninth goal in the last nine game and his 40th in 54 appearances since joining Invicta from Maidstone United and making his debut at Corinthia Casuals last season.

The home side brought new signing DOLAN on for Taylor and the former Ashford, Hythe and Hastings United player scored with his first touch as he met Pilbeam’s 85th minute cross from the left.

Vincent then got forward and fired over as Invicta threatened again in but the game was now well won.

20-year-old Fedor got a late outing in place of Wright as Invicta kept up their run to close in on the top two Faversham Town and Burgess Hill Town.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Blanks, Friend, Chappell, Newman, Wright (Fedor 89 mins), Pilbeam, Taylor (Dolan 83 mins), Booth, M. Everitt. 

 Unused subs: Palmer, Wraight, Fender. 

CORINTHIAN-CASUALS: Bracken, Green, Welch-Turner (Spencer 75 mins), Hall (Bowra 85 mins), Hicks, Dudley, Gill, Bettache, Byatt, Wilson-Denis (Thompson 89 mins), Hodges.  

Unused subs: Bamoussa, Bedford.

Attendance: 207.

Corners: Invicta 5 Corinthian-Casuals 2