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A game of hit and miss for free-scoring Draycs as potential wooden-spoonists Horsham come off a long way second best on Folkestone 'sands'



Invicta’s top goalscorer Ian Draycott found himself in the unusual situation of scoring a hat-trick but missing two penalties as Folkestone Invicta enjoyed a still emphatic 5-0 win over bottom of the table Horsham at a cold and wet Fullicks Stadium on Saturday.

Jordan Wright and Ashley Miller were also on the scoresheet as Folkestone  were once again amongst the goals against the West Sussex club.

Invicta have now won 5-0, 3-0, 4-0 and 5-1 in their last four matches against Horsham Ryman One South over the past two seasons.

With a full squad to select from, Invicta manager Neil Cugley brought in Miller for Richard Atkins, Micheal Everitt was back in for Ronnie Dolan and centre-back Frankie Chappell returned in place of able stand-in James Everitt as the two sides kicked off on a heavily sanded pitch.

Horsham’s George Branford took the ball on and hit a low shot at Invicta goalkeeper Tim Roberts from just outside the penalty area in the early exchanges.

But it was Invicta who went ahead as a result of the first of the home side’s two penalties when a Miller’s driven cross from the right struck the  hand of defender Anthony Storey and referee Peter Conn immediately pointed to the spot.

Storey, Horsham’s caretaker manager, also found himself booked for his comments.

DRAYCOTT stepped up but visiting keeper Gareth Williams saved his penalty, only for the Invicta striker to knock in the rebound, giving his side the lead after 15 minutes.

The afternoon was not going the visitors’ way and Bailo Camara was booked for a 19th minute foul.

Buit it was his good 22nd minute ball in from the right hand that  just eluded a stretching Trevor McCreadie in the middle.

Invicta went 2-0 up in the 24th minute when WRIGHT found the net at the second attempt after Williams had saved his initial shot after Draycott had turned provider by squaring the ball across goal following a fine forward pass from Matt Newman.

That eventually well-taken effort took 20-year-old midfielder Wright into double figures for goals in his first season at senior level.

Invicta went close again two minutes later when a stray back pass let Jon Pilbeam in down the right but keeper Williams got a touch to concede a corner.

But Folkestone were not having it all their own way and a 27th minute Joe Obereteller ball in from the right hand side came back off the outside of the Invicta post before going out of play at the other end.

Pilbeam – man of the match with both goals in the previous weekend’s 2-2 draw at Herne Bay - burst away from the Horsham defence again and looked like increasing Invicta’s lead a minute later but his shot from the right went agonisingly just the wrong side of the far post.

Wright then played the ball in to Draycott to set up another chance but Horsham captain Lewis Hamilton motored back to clear from close to the line.

But it was 3-0 just  half the half hour when Pilbeam again used his pace to get clear down and crossed for MILLER to score on his first home starting appearance for Invicta since joining the club from Hythe Town.

Miller – another outstanding 20-year-old in Neil Cugley’s squad has, in fact, scored on each of his three starting appearances for Invicta after also netting at Walton & Hersham and Carshalton Athletic.

It now looked like a case of just how many Invicta might score.

Everitt and Wright combined to find Miller on the left in the 34th minute but Draycott just couldn’t quite turn in the Miller’s dangerous ball across goal.

Invicta’s Wright was booked for catching Tom Gilbert late in the 38th minute.

Another good Invicta move resulted in Gilbert putting the ball out for a corner in the 44th minute when Wright threaded the ball through towards Draycott down the left hand side of the penalty area.

The visitors had a chance during first half stoppage time when Tom Vickers found Camara down the right and his ball into the penalty area was met by experienced centre forward McCreadie, but goalkeeper Roberts kept the ball out without too much trouble.

A 58th minute corner from the left was headed over by Richard Byrne as Horsham tried to rally during the second half.

Invicta, though, threatened again on the hour mark as Wright found Draycott who sent Pilbeam away, but Hamilton raced back to avert the danger.

The home side increased their lead further in the 64th minute when Everitt dispossessed Obersteller and put DRAYCOTT through for the striker to run on before slotting the ball into the net.

Horsham were close in the 72nd minute when a header from substitute Tom Hughes was touched over the crossbar by Roberts, just before the  Folkestone side made a double substitution as Atkins and Dolan replaced Miler and Pilbeam.

It was 5-0 in the 80th minute when Wright (pictured) combined well with Everitt again and played the ball across goal from the left hand side of the penalty area for DRAYCOTT to complete his second home hat-trick of 2015.

Draycott has now scored 32 goals in all competitions for Invicta in his first season since joining the club from promoted Leatherhead.

A third Invicta substitution saw James Everitt come on for elder brother Micheal in the final 10 minutes.

And substitute Everitt played a good 87th minute ball to put Draycott through but the hat-trick man’s shot at goalkeeper Williams lacked power.

And Williams then saved with his feet to deny Wright a minute later.

Draycott had penalty appeals turned down during stoppage time but referee Conn pointed to the spot again seconds later for a foul by Horsham substitute Hughes on Invicta sub Atkins.

But Man of the match Draycott missed from the penalty spot again when he skied his shot well over the crossbar.

Horsham substitute Luiz Philipe Lipa de Andrade had his entrance to the game delayed due to a kit irregularity under his shorts and finished the game with a yellow card for a kick at Nat Blanks.

Invicta goalkeeper Roberts had been on the scoresheet against Horsham last season but this time had to settle for a second successive home clean sheet.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Blanks, Friend, Chappell, Newman, Wright, Pilbeam (Dolan 75), Draycott, Miller (Atkins 75), M Everitt (Everitt 80 mins).  Unused subs: Wraight, Fender  

HORSHAM: Williams, Obersteller, Hamilton (Welch 66), Gilbert (Hughes 60), Byrne, Storey (Lipa de Andrade 83), Vickers, Branford, McCreadie, Nwachukwu, Camara.   Unused subs: Lockyer, Izokun. 

Attendance: 226.

Corners: Invicta 6 Horsham 4