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Corners: Invicta 8 Chatham 2

FOLKESTONE INVICTA                         2

                                    CHATHAM TOWN                        0

Folkestone Invicta  won Tuesday night’s pre-season friendly 2-0 at home to Chatham Town thanks to a first half penalty from Ade Yusuff and a late deflected Ronnie Dolan shot at The BuildKent Stadium.

On a sunny evening, Scott Lindsey’s Chatham made a bright start as a third minute Ike Orji cross from the right hand side was just too high for Dan Bradshaw in the middle.

Matt Bodkin then went past Jordan Wright on the left hand side five minutes later and found Jon Pilbeam whose ball across goal fell to Orji on the right and Freddie Cray fired wide when the latter played the ball back.

Invicta then had to make an early change as Alfie Paxman replaced Saturday’s hat-trick hero Ian Draycott.

The home side went forward on the quarter of an hour mark as Dolan found Yusuff on the right whose ball across goal found Smith before Paxamn’s follow up across goal was just too far in front of Smith in the middle.

Tyler Sterling was just wide on the turn in the 30th minute.

Invicta went ahead in the 36th minute when YUSUFF stepped up to lift his penalty into the net against one of his former clubs after he himself had been impeded by Cray.

Yusuff went close again two minutes later when he received the ball from striking partner Smith and made room but Charlie Dickens blocked and goalkeeper Harvey Mills got across to touch Yusuff’s follow up past the post for a corner.

Aaron Simpson shot at goalkeeper Mills after Paxman had played the ball out to the left in the 51st minute.

Paxman then headed the ball on to Simpson on the left two minutes later whose ball came over to Sterling on the right and the latter’s ball back across goal was just beyond the offside Paxman.

A 55th minute Sterling shot was deflected over for another corner after he had initially received a short corner from Paxman on the left hand side.

Sterling then hit an audacious, delicate 40-yard chip that was just wide of the post in the 57th minute.

Former Invicta player Pilbeam ran down the left hand side but dragged his 68th minute shot wide.

One-time Invictacaptain and player-coach Darren Smith was to be among Chatham’s other second half substitutes.

A back pass let Paxman in but defender Dickens recovered to make a saving tackle in the 75th minute.

Invicta’s second goal came in the 82nd minute when Yusuff embarked on a good break down the left hand side and played the ball across goal and DOLAN’s shot deflected into the net from the right hand side.

A Jordan Robbins free kick was headed at substitute goalkeeper Connor Collins by substitute Josh Strouts after a foul by Finn O’Mara two minutes later.

Orji slipped the ball through to Harry Mayer who shot at Collins from the right hand side of the box in the 88th minute and Pilbeam curled a shot at Collins from the left hand side a minute later.

Chatrham’s Mayer was booked for a foul on Paxman.

                                               

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts (Collins 63 mins), Wright (Avery 59 mins), Simpson (Borrello 74 mins), Newman, Davies (O’Mara 52 mins), Everitt, Dolan, Draycott (Paxman 10 mins), Smith (Vincent 47 mins), Yusuff, Sterling.

CHATHAM TOWN: Mills, Cray, Lawal (Mcilheron 75 mins), Robbins, Dickens (Weston 75 mins), Mayer, Orji, Brown (Palmby 55 mins), Bradshaw (Strouts 68 mins), Bodkin (Smith 78 mins), Pilbeam.

Attendance: 183.