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 SCORE   5-1    Gate 335

DATE  28/11/17.  For the Match Preview click HERE

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Folkestone Invicta made it eight successive Bostik League Premier Division wins on another dramatic night at The Fullicks Stadium as Neil Cugley’s side came back from conceding an early goal to overwhelm Enfield Town 5-1 on Tuesday.

Top goalscorer Ade Yusuff scored twice and missed a penalty, returning local hero Johan Ter Horst also scored twice on his ‘second debut’ for the club, Sam Hasler scored direct from a corner and referee Simon Finnigan had to go off with a  calf injury.

There was a delay of longer than ten minutes when referee Finnigan pulled up injured early in the second half as firstly a member of the crowd volunteered to run the line but eventually after much discussion Invicta coach Micky Dix took over as assistant referee, as he has previously done on at least a couple of occasions in years gone by.

Steven Perry took over as referee having been one of the assistants.

The win takes Invicta back up to third place in the league table below just leaders Dulwich Hamlet and ambitious, big-spending Billericay Town.

The return of Ter Horst on loan from Maidstone United was always going to be a major talking point of the night and the striker duly delivered.

Ter Horst, now aged 22, had burst onto the scene as a teenager having come through the Invicta youth system. He had left Invicta following their 2013-14 Play Off Final defeat on penalties at home to Leatherhead to join then Premiership club Hull City.

After three years at Hull when he played mainly for the Under 23 Development side he was released and joined Maidstone United during the summer and his return to Invicta comes as Ian Draycott is about to go away on a belated three-week honeymoon.

Draycott had been a part of the promotion-winning Leatherhead side in 2014 before joining Invicta after Ter Horst’s departure.

Both Draycott and Ter Horst had missed penalties in that 2014 shoot out. They had not previously played in the same side together but were given the chance here as Ter Horst came in for the unavailable Kieron McCann (family reasons).

Invicta threatened in the third minute when Scott Heard’s ball in from the right sailed close to goal and was touched over for the game’s first corner by Enfield goalkeeper Joe Wright.  From the subsequent set piece the ball ricocheted and was charged down inside a crowded penalty area.

Visiting captain Simon Thomas had the ball in the net twice within the opening ten minutes although it was only to count once.

Thomas thought that he had opened the scoring in the sixth minute when he touched in a low Sam Youngs cross from the right hand side but the ‘goal’ was ruled out by an assistant referee’s flag.

It was THOMAS, though, that put Enfield ahead in the 11th minute when he headed in an Adam Martin corner from the right hand side.

Hasler sent in a dangerous corner from the right at the other end in the 19th minute that was headed away from close to the line and out for a corner.

The home side equalised in the 23rd minute when YUSUFF hit a low shot inside in the near post when Ter Horst touched the ball to him after Hasler had played it into the penalty area.

It was soon 2-1 in the 26th minute when Hard played the ball through to Yusuff who went round goalkeeper Wright and the ball fell into the path of TER HORST who popped up on the left hand side of the penalty area to sweep the ball into the net in a move started by Invicta captain Callum Davies and Draycott.

Ter Horst had given home supporters what they had hoped to see with his first goal for the club since a 3-2 win at Three Bridges in April 2014.

Enfield had the ball in the net again in the 29th minute but this time Ryan Blake had been flagged offside before he shot.

Martin whipped the ball in from the right hand side after receiving it from Mario Noto in the 32nd minute but Invicta central defender Matt Newman got across to clear for a throw in.

Another Martin corner caused problems inside the Invicta penalty area a minute later but was eventually cleared.

But Invicta were soon to increase their lead after a Heard ball in from the left eventually fell to Yusuff whose shot was blocked for a corner.

HASLER’s 34th minute corner from the right hand side was to go straight into the net as he scored once again from a set piece. Does he ever score from inside the penalty area?

It had been from a Hasler corner at the other end that Invicta’s League Cup goal had come the previous Tuesday night when it had been turned into his own net by Met Police player-coach Jon Nurse.

Invicta’s confidence grew as Hasler embarked on a purposeful run through the middle three minutes later and Draycott hit a delicate chip just over the crossbar after a touch from Yusuff.

Heard let fly with a well-struck 42nd minute shot from outside the penalty area but goalkeeper Wright got behind it after a Hasler ball in had been met by Davies.

Blake created an opening at the other end a minute later but shot narrowly wide across goal from the left hand side.

Draycott curled a 48th minute shot wide of the post from the left hand side but there was soon to be the delay caused by referee Finnigan’s injury when there were even fears that the game might have to be abandoned.

When play resumed Invicta goalkeeper Tim Roberts made a good save to deny Martin. A corner from the left hand side was met by a Darren Purse header that was cleared off the line and another corner then saw Thomas denied on the line as Invicta had defenders Davies and Nat Blanks to thank.

Now aged 40, Enfield assistant-manager Purse enjoyed an illustrious Football League  career and once famously scored a late penalty for Birmingham City against Liverpool in the 2001 League Cup Final.

A goal then would have put the visitors right back into it but Invicta were soon to re-assert their authority.

The home side was awarded a penalty by new referee Perry when Draycott was impeded by Purse after a Ter Horst ball in.

Yusuff has been highly successful from the spot so far this season but this time Wright got down to save his 68th minute penalty and Invicta had to settle for a corner.

Ter Horst took the ball on two minutes later and hit a low shot against the post and the ball went out for a goal kick.

Invicta soon hit an upright again when a Heard header hit the outside of the post from the left hand side of the penalty area after a Hasler ball in from the right.

It was 4-1 in the 73rd minute when YUSUFF rolled a low shot into the net after Ter Horst had played the ball across to him for his 15th goal of the season.

Enfield were close again in the 80th minute when the ball came across from the left hand side and Roberts made an incredible save to deny substitute Elliot Benyon from close range.

Yusuff shot wide across goal from the right hand side after receiving the ball from Ter Horst, while Ryan Blackman fired over for the visitors when fellow substitute Benyon touched the ball down after a cross from the left hand side.

As the elongated stoppage time began Youngs played a dangerous ball across the Invicta goal from the right hand side but it ultimately came to nothing.

Invicta substitute Jordan Wright tried his luck from 40 yards when receiving the ball from Draycott but namesake goalkeeper Wright got across to keep the ball out after having initially left his penalty area to clear from the right hand side.

TER HORST was to complete the scoring with his second goal of the night during stoppage time as he showed once again that he knows exactly where the net is as he lifted the ball in following a great ball forward from Heard.

The run goes on.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Blanks Everitt (Dolan 76 mins), Davies, Newman, Hasler (Wright 82 mins), Heard, Draycott, Yusuff (Taylor 90 mins), Ter Horst.  Unused subs: Cooper, Shaw.

ENFIELD TOWN: Wright, Kyriacou, Rumens, Purse, McKenzie, Martin (Blackman 81 mins), Noto, Youngs (Roberts 90 mins), Blake, Thomas, Wales (Benyon 76 mins).  Unused subs: Hockney, Parcell.


Invicta 8 Enfield 9