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Cornes: Invicta 4 Hythe Town 2

 

            FOLKESTONE INVICTA                         2

                                    HYTHE TOWN                               1

Folkestone Invicta  continued their unbeaten pre-season run with a 2-1 victory at home to neighbours Hythe Town at a sunny BuildKent Stadium on Saturday afternoon as all three of the game’s goals were scored during the opening 20 minutes.

Alex Flisher gave Hythe an early lead before Ronnie Dolan equalised and Alfie Paxman scored what turned out to be the winning goal from the penalty spot.

But victory came at a cost for the Folkestone side as captain Callum Davies had to be taken to hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder sustained just before half time.

The game was played in memory of high profile supporter Harry Lester who sadly passed away in February and the new scoreboard in his name was launched.

It was FLISHER who opened the scoring in the sixth minute when the ball was played out to him on the left hand side and the former Maidstone United and Margate player hit a good finish across goal and into the far corner of the net.

Invicta were soon level as Tyler Sterling found Ade Yusuff on the left hand side in the 11th minute and the striker raced past both James Rogers and Cameron Reardon before playing the ball across goal to DOLAN who scored at the far post.

Sterling was to put in a virtuoso performance for Invicta as he was to strike an upright three times with a trio of well-struck shots and played a part in both of the home side’s goals.

Midfielder Sterling took the ball into the box and fired against the underside of the crossbar in the 15th minute to leave the upright rocking.

Sterling then played the ball through to Paxman who went round stand-in Hythe goalkeeper Harry Brooks before being tripped by defender Reardon.

It was PAXMAN who stepped up to send Brooks the wrong way and make it 2-1 from the penalty spot in the 19th minute.

Referee Dan Blades was in ’damned if you do’ / ‘damned if you don’t’ territory before deciding not to issue a pre-season card to Reardon.

A 22nd minute free kick from the left fell to striker Noel Leighton inside the home penalty area but central defender Davies blocked ahead of the game’s first drinks break.

Yusuff then lifted a 28th minute shot over the crossbar from just outside the penalty area.

Sterling was close again with a 37th minute free kick that Brooks got a slight touch onto the post after a foul by Rogers.

Reardon broke down the right hand side and hit a 39th minute cross that took a slight touch off Leighton before Flisher headed wide with a good chance.

Having let a few misdemeanours go, referee Blades did then book Hythe’s Alex Brown for catching Luca  Borrello late in the 41st minute.

Borrello was making his first start for Invicta at right back having been called up into the pre-season first team squad from the youth team.

Yusuff then lifted the ball over the bar after being put through by player-coach Micheal Everitt.

Following a 45th minute Invicta corner on the left, Sterling played the ball to Paxman who found David Smith in the box and the ball came back to Sterling who tried to pick his spot but was just wide of the far post.

But Davies’ injury was to take any gloss off Invicta’s afternoon.

Margate striker Leighton was booked for his challenge having earlier escaped sanction for mindlessly kicking the ball over the open terraces and into the cricket ground having been given offside and was to be substituted at half time.

Invicta’s own substitutions were to introduce new faces in Yemi Ayodele (half time replacement for Davies), youth teamer Lloyd Boateng and Fin Dent, son of Invicta legend Nick.

Hythe were to threaten an equaliser during the second half as Rogers played a great 49th minute ball out to half time substitute Charlie Webster on the right hand side who shot wide when under pressure from Ayodele.

Right back Liam Smith then played a good 52nd minute ball up to Flisher who couldn’t fully capitalise when impeded by Ayodele.

Sterling was at it again in the 54th minute when he fired against the crossbar from outside the penalty area and the ball then fell to Aaron Simpson whose shot from the left deflected off Smith for a corner.

Smith then had a shot cleared from close to the line when the ball was played to the Invicta striker on the right hand side a minute later.

Hythe captain Frannie Collin was given onside when Smith played him through on the right hand side but Invicta goalkeeper Tim Roberts came out to save. The ball then nearly fell to Flisher inside the penalty area a minute later.

Webster and Collin then combined to find Smith on the right in the 63rd minute when the ball into the box just evaded substitute Jordan Sarfo and Dolan leared.

Yusuff broke down the right hand side and fired just over in the 65th minute ahead of a second half drinks break.

It was Yusuff who then combined with Dolan to find Simpson on the left and Hythe’s reardon did well to touch the ball out of play, although a flag for offside was up.

A 75th minute corner from the left hand side then came back out to Simpson who got a shot in but Reardon cleared, while substitute Invicta goalkeeper Connor Collins saved substitute Jacon Gilbert’s shot in from the left two minutes later.

Gilbert then got another shot in that was blocked when Collins palmed away a 78th minute cross from the left.

It was Gilbert who then shot against the crossbar a minute later from outside the box and fellow substitute Tom Walmsley put the rebound wide from close range.

Webster curled an 82nd minute shot from the left that took a touch past the far post for a corner.

Paxman finished the game at right back for Invicta as Boatengreplaced Borrello.

Yusuff took over as captain when Davies went off, with Simpson finishing the game with the armband after Yusuff had been replaced by young Dent.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts (Collins 66 mins), Borrello (Boateng 81 mins), Simpson, O’Mara, Davies ((Ayodele 45 mins), Everitt, Sterling, Dolan (Avery 69 mins), Smith, Yusuff (Dent 88 mins), Paxman.

HYTHE TOWN: Brooks, Smith, Trespaderne, Rogers (Gilbert 67 mins), Reardon, Benoit, Brown (Webster 45 mins), Oldaker, Leighton (Sarfo 45 mins), Collin (Sibley 74 mins), Flisher (Walmsley 67 mins).

Attendance: 435.