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Invicta make hard work of it, but they hang on to take all three points in the rain



Folkestone got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Worthing on a wet and miserable Tuesday night at The Fullicks Stadium.

Having followed a run of seven successive wins with four matches without a victory, Invicta will have been relieved to have got the job done and to claim all three points here.

All three of the game’s goals came during the second half as Ian Draycott opened the scoring and the home side then went 2-0 up when Will Hendon turned a Jordan Wright cross into his own net.

Lloyd Dawes pulled a goal back for The Rebels to set up a tense finale as Invicta held on.

Fokestone kept the same starting 11 that had drawn away to Ryman League Division One South leaders Faversham Town on Saturday.

In the early exchanges, Worthing’s Curtis Gayler whipped in a dangerous free kick from the right that was put wide in the fourth minute, while at the other end Frankie Chappell could not make enough contact on his header to guide a Jon Pilbeam cross from the right into the net two minutes later.

Pilbeam had a good chance of his own on 12minutes when strikers Draycott and Paul Booth threaded the ball through to him on the right side but Rebels’ keeper Jack Fagan came out to save.

Then Draycott hit a low shot wide when the ball came back out to him on the edge of the penalty area.

Worthing threatened again in the 25th minute when Hendon threaded the ball through to George Hayward but Invicta goalkeeper Tim Roberts saved at his near post, producing the visitors’ first corner of the night after a move that also involved the impressive Gayler along with Luke Killner and Jaz Rance.

Folkestone’s Pilbeam drilled the ball past the far post when Booth played it out to him on the right hand side on the half hour.

Invicta captain Liam Friend then volleyed a 40th minute Wright corner wide of the target.

The home side was left to rue yet another missed first half chance in stoppage time when Nat Blanks played an inviting ball in from the left but Draycott put the ball over the crossbar from close range.

But the Folkestone side were soon ahead after half time as top goalscorer DRAYCOTT was there in the middle to make it 21 goals in 29 games for the club as he fired a Pilbeam cross from the right into the roof of the net.

Dawes then took the ball on for Worthing on the hour mark and hit a low shot at Roberts from the edge of the penalty area.

At the other end, Friend volleyed wide again as a 67th minute corner by Wright eventually fell to him.

Rance shot into the side netting at the near post from the left hand side of the penalty area after a Gasyler ball following a dangerous 70th minute run from Hendon.

Invicta went close on 76 minutes when a quick Matt Newman free kick found goal-scorer Draycott whose well-struck shot was touched over the bar by Fagan.

But it was 2-0 just two minutes later when Booth received the ball from strike partner Draycott and chippedl through to Wright (left) whose ball in from the left was turned into his own goal by Worthing right back HENDON.

Wright has been heavily involved in all three own goals that Invicta have benefited from so far this season -  all at home on Tuesday  nights.

And the lively 20-year-old midfielder can consider himself unlucky not to have more than the four goals that have been credited to him in his first season at senior level.

Invicta had another chance two minutes later when Pilbeam got clear down the middle but Fagan came out to save again.

Worthing then rallied and the final ten minutes belonged to the visitors.

Big strong attack-minded midfielder Gayler was not too far away when he tried his luck from 35 yards.

And it was 2-1 in the 83rd minute when Trevor McCreadie and Hendon combined well down the right hand side and DAWES drilled a fine finish into the net when the latter pulled the ball back.

The visitors now had hopes of snatching a point and Frankie Chappell had to get across to block from Hendon who had made a good 87th minute run into the penalty box after passes from the busy Gayler and Dawes.

The visitors finished the game with 10 men as one of their two substitutes, Ben Pope, had to leave the field with a facial injury and the rain continued to fall in the closing stages.

But the visitors still pressed for a late equaliser as Gayler hit a low stoppage time shot at Roberts after receiving the ball from Omar Bugiel.

There was still time for one more big Worthing chance as Gayler’s long free kick found Dawes in space inside the penalty area but this time he was unable to find the target and The Rebels’ moment had gone.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, Blanks, Friend, Chappell, Newman, Wright, Pilbeam, Draycott, Booth, M Everitt (Dolan 71). Subs not used: Wraight, Fedor, Palmer, Fender. 

WORTHING: Fagan, Hendon, Sparks, Hayward (Pope 59), Bugiel, Hurley, Dawes, Killner, McCreadie, Gayler, Rance (Richard 74) 

Attendance: 117.

Corners: Invicta 6 Worthing 2