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Beware The Hornets' Sting

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It’s back to League action this week, when we welcome Horsham (‘The Hornets’) to the BuildKent Stadium for our next fixture in this season’s Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division campaign, kick-off 3:00pm.

 

Whilst we are currently 3rd, our opponents have made a slower start to the season and are lying 15th, although expectation would be that they will mount a challenge for the Play-offs once the season gets going. Having lost their first two games, 2-0 at home against Hornchurch and 3-1 at Haringey Borough, where their scorer was Tom Kavanagh, they’ve picked up winning 3-0 at home against Merstham with goals from Kavanagh again, Jack Brivio and Shamir Fenelon, and drawing 0-0 at near neighbours Lewes. Last Saturday, in the Emirates F.A. Cup First Qualifying Round, they drew 1-1 at South East Division Haywards Heath Town, where Fenelon was again on target, and they reached the Second Qualifying Round in Tuesday’s replay, winning 2-0 with an own goal from Billy Collings and a penalty from Charlie Harris sending them through.

 

In the summer, as well as re-signing a number of  players from last season’s squad there have been a number of changes with nine in and nine out. Coming in are goalkeeper Sam Howes who has joined from Vanarama National League Dorking Wanderers, when he was younger, he was a part of the England Under 17 and 19 squads. Also signed are defender and former Lewes Captain, Alex Malins, midfielders Brad Wilson from Corinthian-Casuals, Tom Kavanagh from Kingstonian, plus wingers Luke Robinson, who is a Bermudan international, from South Central Division Staines Town, and Tom Richards also from Kingstonian. They’ve also strengthened up-front by signing Alex Laing from South East Division Burgess Hill Town, Lucas Rodrigues from South East Division Whitehawk and Shamir Fenelon from Vanarama National League (South) Billericay Town and the Republic of Ireland Under 21 international has already started to pay back Manager Dom Di Paola’s confidence in him with two goals in their first five games.

 

On the reverse side of the coin, Brad House, Dylan Merchant, JJ O’Sullivan, Kieran Lavery, Arron Hopkinson, Reece Hall, Kieran Monlouis, David Ray and Lewis Taylor have all left the club.

 

Looking ahead, Neil Cugley said: “Although they haven’t started as well as they probably would have hoped, Horsham are a good footballing side, and we will need to be at our best to pick up the points. “They’ve got a much-changed squad this season thanks to the contacts of their Manager Dom [Di Paola] who has used his network to build a good squad.”

 

The team news is much the same: “Everyone trained well on Tuesday and, although a couple were carrying knocks they will be fit for Saturday, and subject to any COVID incidents, we should be at full strength except for Aaron [Simpson], who is still recovering from long-COVID and Macca [Kieron McCann], who is due to have and operation next week and, due to his level of fitness, I’d expect to be back by the end of October at the latest.”

 

He then added: “We’ve had two good home games so far this season, with excellent support and hopefully you’ll all turn up again on Saturday, it should be another good game.”

 

Goal Times       

The below charts show the times in which both Folkestone Invicta and Horsham have scored and conceded their goals in the first four games this season. As you can see, both sides have scored the  majority of their goals in the second half, although conversely, most goals conceded have been in the first.

 

Incidentally, Invicta’s one goal conceded is currently the lowest within the Premier Division and has seen Tim Roberts win the AB1 ‘Golden Gloves’ Award for August having had three clean sheets in our four League games. Well done Tim, and not forgetting the defence in front of him of course!

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Previous Results

As you can see below, we hold the advantage over our opponents as in eighteen games, we’ve won eleven, drawn three and lost four with our last defeat being in the 2012/13 season and we haven’t lost at home since the 2008/09 season, when Horsham knocked us out the F.A. Cup.

 

Season

Home

Away

Division/Competition

2001/02

 

2-1

FA Cup

2006/07

0-1

2-2

Premier Division

2007/08

4-1

0-1

Premier Division

2008/09

1-2

 

FA Cup

2010/11

0-0

0-0

Premier Division

 

4-2

 

FA Cup

2011/12

5-0

 

IL Cup

2012/13

2-1

1-2

Division 1 South

2013/14

4-0

5-1

Division 1 South

2014/15

5-0

3-0

Division 1 South

2019/20

2-1

1-0

Premier Division

2020/21

N/A*

N/A*

Premier Division

 

* Season curtailed prior to either game being played.

 

Horsham’s Last Visit

With ‘The Hornets’ not visiting the BuildKent Stadium last season due to it being curtailed, the last time they did was in December 2019, which at the time saw a meeting of the top two and Invicta’s narrow 2-1 win saw us go three points clear at the top of the table.

 

Folkestone Invicta; Henry Newcombe, Josh Vincent, Alfie Paxman, Matt Newman, Callum Davies (Captain), Sam Hasler (Micheal Everitt, 80 mins), Johan Ter Horst, Ronnie Dolan, Ira Jackson, Jerson Dos Santos & Kieron McCann, (Unused Substitutes; Finn O’Mara, Nat Blanks, Tyler Sterling & Tim Roberts).

 

Goalscorers - Ira Jackson (pen, 66 mins) & Joe Shelley (og, 78 mins).

 

Horsham; George Bentley, Jerry O’Sullivan, Harvey Sparks, Jack Brivio, Joe Shelley, Dylan Merchant (Captain) (Ben Dyett, 66 mins), Kieron Pamment (Archie Goddard, 79 mins), Lea Dawson, Chris Smith (Gary Charman, 64 mins), Charlie Harris, Steve Metcalf  (Unused Substitutes; Sam Karl).

 

Goalscorers - Gary Charman (80 mins).

 

Attendance: 536.

 

Admission Details

All admission will be pay on the turnstiles, which will open at 1:30pm, there will be no pre-bought tickets available.

 

At the Wilmoth (cricket ground) end, entry will be by cash only whilst at the turnstile by Bar Invicta  payment will be accepted by either cash or card.

 

Prices are: £11.00, £8.00 (concessions) and £3.00 (under 18s).

 

 

This weekend’s Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division fixtures

Saturday 11th September

   

Bishop's Stortford

vs

Hornchurch

Bognor Regis Town

vs

Carshalton Athletic

Bowers & Pitsea

vs

Wingate & Finchley

Cheshunt

vs

Merstham

Folkestone Invicta

vs

Horsham

Haringey Borough

vs

Corinthian-Casuals

Kingstonian

vs

Brightlingsea Regent

Lewes

vs

Enfield Town

Margate

vs

Leatherhead

Worthing

vs

East Thurrock United

     

Sunday 12th September

   

Cray Wanderers

vs

Potters Bar Town