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Draycs' treble the highlight as Folkestone wreak terrible revenge over Rams - the first side to beat them this season, all those long months ago!!



Invicta’s leading  goalscorer Ian Draycott rifled a superb 23-minute second half hat-trick as Neil Cugley’s side  won their first home match of 2015 by a comfortable 5-2 margin as visitors Ramsgate ended up a sorry sight at the wet and windy Fullicks Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The goals flowed after the interval as Ramsgate twice levelled following a first-half that had seen Matt Newman open the scoring towards the end of a first period that the home side had dominated almost right from the start.

The game had survived a late morning pitch inspection as Invicta kept the same starting eleven that won 3-0 at Sittingbourne on New Year’s Day.

Ramsgate were playing their first match since the appointment of new manager Simon Halsey (once of Herne Bay) following the resignation of Dean Hill on Friday.

But Halsey watched from the sidelines, with one-time Folkestone scout Richard Langley and ex-Margate goalkeeper Joe Radford in the dug-out.

Invicta soon had an early chance as Jon Pilbeam broke down the right hand side of the penalty area in the second minute but goalkeeper Joe Hagan came out to save.


Richard Atkins then played the ball across the 18-yard box from the right in the eighth minute to set up a good chance for Jordan Wright but the midfielder fired over.

The Rams forced their first corner just seconds later and an 11th minute cross from the left was headed over by visiting skipper James Sherman.

Big defender Luke Wheatley blocked at the expense of a corner in the 14th minute when Newman cut in to set Ronnie Dolan up inside the penalty area.

A great 17th minute ball from the again impressive Dolan then sent Pilbeam away again down the right and the wide man looked almost certain to break the deadlock but his shot went just wide of the far post across goal.

Aaron Quain twice threatened briefly for the visitors while at the other end, a Dolan corner from the right was headed away from close to his line by Wheatley ten minutes later.

Ramsgate were forced into a first half change when Josh Woolley came on for Quain.

But it was – deservedly - Invicta who at last went ahead when Pilbeam played the ball back from the right and his old mate NEWMAN , left, swept the ball into the roof of the net from just inside the penalty area for his first goal of the season.

The exciting but occasionally frustrating Pilbeam had a good game at Sittingbourne on New Year’s Day and was again an influential figure down the here.

His 48th minute cross was deflected into goalkeeper Hagan’s hands and Pilbeam then forced had a saved by the feet of Hagan feet two minutes later.

But Folkestone’s lead was short-lived and Ramsgate equalised in the 49th minute when the dangerous Tom Chapman’s low cross from the left was touched on in the middle and put in at the far post by substitute WOOLLEY.

Wright then had another good chance in the 51st minute but shot wastefully over when Pilbeam’s ball in from the right fell to him at the far post.

And Invicta restored their lead seconds later as in Atkins headed on goalkeeper Tim Roberts’ long kick forward and DRAYCOTT ran onto it to fire superbly past Hagan,

Keen to impress new boss Halsey, the visiting side showed plenty of spirit and levelled again on 58 minutes when a good corner from the impressive Chapman on fell to huge centre half Calum McGEEHAN who drilled the ball into the net.

A fourth goal in 12 minutes followed as Invicta went 3-2 up when a Nat Blanks cross from the left was cleverly touched in by DRAYCOTT.

It was all Folkestone now and WRIGHT atoned for his earlier misses when he made it 4-2, converting in style at the far post 20 minutes from time as Dolan played the ball out to Pilbeam and the latter sent in another inviting cross from the right that the little midfielder crashed into the roof of the net.


And it was game over after 73 minutes when Atkins played the ball through to DRAYCOTT whose initial shot was saved by goalkeeper Hagan’s feet but the striker followed it to complete his first competitive Invicta hat-trick from the rebound.

It was the first treble in the Ryman League Division One South since Paul Booth scored three in a good win at home to this season’s pacesetters Burgess Hill Town in February 2013.

Great Invicta goalscorers James Dryden, James Everitt and John Ayling – all sporting full beards – were in attendance to see Draycott take his Invicta tally to 25 goals from 35 matches – with four in the last two games since his strike partner Booth bowed out of Cheriton Road.

Ramsgate’s misery was compounded when right back Butcher was given a straight red card for his crazy lunge at Fedor.

There had earlier been bookings for Ramsgate’s Newman and Pilbeam and for Ramsgate substitute Woolley.

This was Invicta’s fifth successive victory putting them in good spirits to travel away to all-conquering joint leagues leaders Burgess Hill in midweek.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Blanks, Wraight, Chappell, Newman, Wright (Fedor 77), Pilbeam, Draycott (Palmer 83), Atkins, Dolan.  

Subs not used: M Everitt, Edge, Fender

RAMSGATE: Hagan, Butcher, Skinner, Hickman (Punton 49), McGeehan, Wheatley, Chapman, Murray, Sherman, Quain (Woolley 35), Gundry.  Unused subs: Schulz, Harrington, Shaw 

Attendance: 323.

Corners: Invicta 9 Ramsgate 2