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  It was a case of job done for Folkestone Invicta as they won Saturday’s Buildbase F A Trophy Second Round tie away to Hartley Wintney amid difficult windy conditions on a bitterly cold afternoon as Ade Yusuff and Scott Heard scored well-taken goals.   Invicta have now equalled the furthest they have ever been in the competition.   This was what long-erving Invicta manager Neil Cugley described as “a step into the unknown” in the first ever meeting between the two clubs.    Hartley Wintney playin the Pitching In Southern League Premier South – the same level as Invicta - and went into the tie with four players suspended after a series of recent sendings off.   Yusuff returned to the Invicta side after missing Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw away to Cray Wanderers through illness and opened the scoring with a well-struck finish in the 36th minute.   Heard made it 2-0 in the 64th minute after being put through by Alfie Paxman.    The downside for Invicta was central defender Matt Nemwan having to limp off again during the second half, although this time with a hamstring injury rather than the knee that had kept him out of the entire, albeit curtailed, 2020-21 season.   Yusuff returned to the starting X1 in place of midweek goalscorer Jordan Wright, with IanDraycott now donning the number eight shirt – his sixth different starting number of the season!   It was Draycott who found David Smith in the sixth minute when the striker tried to thread the ball through to Heard but central defender Aaron Gooe intercepted.   At the other end, home captain Jordan Edwards curled a tenth minute shot wide across goal after receiving a ball in from Ryan Case on the left hand side.   Smith and Heard combined to find Kieron McCann on the left hand side in the 20th minute whose deep cross went beyond the far post but was kept in by Smith who put it back across goal but out for a goal kick.   Edwards then found Case on the left hand side in the 22nd minute when the ball into the box came off Invicta defender Newman’s head but went wide off Edwards.    Smith then headed at home goalkeeper Luke Williams at the other end a minute later when Josh Vincent played the ball across from the right hand side after receiving it from Draycott.    Case was enjoying a lot of the ball for the home side and tried his luck from distance in the 25th minute but visiting goalkeeper Tim Roberts got behind it after a Vincent header had fallen to Reece Wylie.   The home side broke after an Invicta passing move a minute later when Edwards found Kofi Halliday on the left who ran at Newman and played a low ball across goal that Edwards couldn’t quite get under control in the middle and the ball went out for a goal kick.    The closest to a goal thus far came in the 30th minute when Smith couldn’t quite put the ball in at the far post after a good Paxman ball across goal after the latter had combined with Yusuff on the left following a free kick after a foul on Yusuff.   It was YUSUFF that opened the scoring with a moment of individuality as his shot swerved across goal and into the far corner of the net after the striker had cut in from hte left hand side and beaten his man following a surging Ryan Johnson run when a combination of Heard and Draycott had won possession to launch an Invicta break.   Hartley Wintney responded as Case received the ball from Webb on the left hand side two minutes later and played a good ball in but Invicta captain Callum Davies headed away.   Webb and Wylie then combined in midfield to find Halliday on the left hand side but the latter’s good 39th minute ball in wnet out for a goal kick.   Case tried his luck again from distance in the 40th minute and wasn’t too far off target after Halliday had played the ball back to him.   A 51st minute home corner from the right came out to Wyile who took a touch before firing wide from the edge of the box.   For Invicta, Paxman came across to the right hand side to hit a 58th minute free kick that was just wide of the far post after referee Jack Oxenham adjudged that Yusuff had been fouled.   Invicta increased their lead when Paxman played a perfectly weighted ball through to HEARD who slotted it into the net.   The energetic pair have been very consistent for Invicta and remain among their biggest threats – and Heard keeps on making “those runs”.    Webb played the ball out to the left hand side in the 73rd minute when a shot was cleared off the line by Paxman.   Invicta temporarily played with ten men as Newman limped off and player-coach Micheal Everitt shed his layers to get ready to go on.  Ollie Freeman soon also then came on for McCann.    The home side piled on the pressure in the closing minutes and substitute Toby Raggett did well down the right hand side in the 87th minute when the ball across goal couldn’t quite be turned in.   Jacques Kpohomouh fired wide from the edge of the box after some more pressure inside the Invicta penalty area in the 88th minute when James Beauchamp played the ball in to fellow substitute Shane Hollamby.    Right back Kpohomouh got forward again to get on the end of a 90th minute Reece Robins ball across goal from the left hand side but Roberts got down to make an excellent save.   Damage to the boiler caused by storm damage added to the home club’s woes.    HARTLEY WINTNEY: Williams, Kpohomouh, Case (Beauchamp 58 mins), Drage, Goode, Bayley (Raggett 71 mins), Webb, Wylie, Edwards, Robins, Halliday (Hollamby 78 mins).  Unused subs: Miller, Gardner, Hoy.     FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, McCann (Freeman 78 mins), Newman (Everitt 73 mins), Davies, Johnson, Heard, Draycott, Smith, Yusuff, Paxman.   Unused subs: Wright, Borrello, Collins.    Corners: Hartley Wintney 4 Invicta 3   Attendance: 207.