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Wright's cracker sparks turnaround as Folkestone come from behind to beat Casuals who belie their bottom-of-the-table position

FOLKESTONE INVICTA                2

WALTON CASUALS                       1

Folkestone Invicta made it six successive wins in all competitions as they came back from being a goal down to beat Walton Casuals at a windy Fullicks Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with all three goals coming during the second half.

Walton Casuals are bottom of the Ryman League Division One South but you would not have thought so as the visitors gave a good account of themselves in their first match since the permanent appointment of new player-manager Liam Collins, assisted by Simon Huckle and Anthony Gale.

The Stags’ only victory now in 11 games against Invicta – there have been no draw between the two clubs – came when they won 1-0 in this corresponding fixture last season.

The Surrey club threatened a repeat here when they went ahead in the 54th minute with a goal from Scott Day.

Invicta were level in the 69th minute through Jordan Wright (right) and the home side gained all three points as top goalscorer Ian Draycott grabbed an 84th minute winner.

The Folkestone side had captain Liam Friend back after a two-match absence in place of Callum Wraight in what is becoming a settled line up.

Walton Casuals showed good motivation from the start under their new management as home goalkeeper Tim Roberts got across to save when Day shot from distance in the 13th minute.

Billy Dunn ran through two minutes later but Frankie Chappell made a challenge and Luke Medley shot over from the right hand side.

Day got a touch on a long 17th minute throw in from the right hand side but Roberts touched the ball away and Dunn then made a dangerous run down the left.

The visitors were to have three players booked during the first half, starting with Day. Matt Newman’s subsequent 19thminute free kick from the right came back out to Wright and goalkeeper Francisco Ramos made a meal of his save.

A 23rd minute Day snapshot was saved by Roberts when the ball came across from the left.

Right back Akin Abiola-Daramola then became the visitors’ second booking.

Invicta had an opening in the 29th minute when Newman played a god ball out to Jon Pilbeam on the right but his cross was blocked for a corner with Paul Booth unmarked in the middle.

Walton Casuals were not happy in the 32nd minute when a heavy Micheal Everitt challenge went unpunished and defender Quincy Rowe was booked for his comments.

Rowe then headed off the line to keep out a Friend header after the subsequent Invicta corner from the right.

Draycott fired over in the 34th minute after a Booth touch when Nat Blanks played the ball in from the left and Rowe put the ball out for another Invicta corner when Wright combined with Booth after a Newman pass a minute later.

At the other end, Day did not make sufficient contact when Dunn sent over Walton Casuals’ only corner of the game from the left hand side in the 38th minute.

Walton Casuals went close within a minute of the second half as Dun played the ball through to Gabriel Odunaike who slipped the ball just wide of the post.

Visiting goalkeeper Ramos claimed a low 51st minute Pilbeam ball in from the right and Pilbeam then warmed the goalkeeper’s hands two minutes later after a Booth ball.

The visitors then opened the scoring when Collins played the ball up to Odunaike who squared it for DAY to slot into the net.

Walton Casuals soon had a good chance to increase their lead in the 56th minute when Odunaike was given on-side but missed the target from close range after Jordan Cheadle’s ball in from the left.

Home strikers Booth and Draycott worked the ball out to Pilbeam on the right in the 59th minute but the latter’s shot was deflected for a corner. Newman then played the ball in to Booth but the striker could not get enough power on his header.

Roberts gathered a 68th minute Day ball in from the left.

And Invicta were soon level when WRIGHT met a Pilbeam cross from the right hand side with a sweet strike across goal and into the roof of the net for his third goal in the last four games.

The home side then struck again when DRAYCOTT (left) converted in the middle after another low Pilbeam ball in from the right following a great run by Josh Vincent in a move started by Friend and Newman.

It was Draycott’s 19th goal in 24 appearances for Invicta and his 12th in the last 11 matches.

Draycott had up until that point had a frustrating afternoon as Invicta were not totally dominant despite a final corner count of 9-1 in the home side’s favour. But this winner will further enhance his goalscoring credentials and the sight of Draycott chasing back deep into his own half does not go unnoticed by Invicta supporters and management alike.

There was one final chance for Invicta in the 89th minute when Booth played the ball out to Pilbeam on the right and the latter’s ball in just eluded the former in the middle.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Blanks, Friend, Chappell, Newman, Wright, Pilbeam, Draycott, Booth, M. Everitt.  Unused subs: Taylor, Wraight, Palmer, Fender. 

WALTON CASUALS: Ramos, Abiola-Daramola, Cheadle, Rowe, Obaye-Daley, Collins (Johnson 72 mins), James-Lewis, Day, Medley, Dunn, Odunaike.  Unused subs: Barton, Myers, Boakye, Adams.

Attendance: 219.

Corners: Invicta 9 Walton Casuals 1