Rare Cor­bett strike helps to sink Ca­su­als

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Junior Football -

A SEA­SON’S best crowd of 404 turned up at the Buz­zlines Sta­dium on Satur­day as Folke­stone In­victa beat Corinthian Ca­su­als to go sec­ond in Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 South.

De­spite the club’s fi­nan­cial prob­lems, most of Neil Cu­g­ley’s first team squad re­mained for the game, with only Craig Wilkins – mak­ing his de­but for Ash­ford – and Mark Green miss­ing from the start­ing XI.

The home side dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings but the first chance fell to Ca­su­als’ Joe Nwoko, who wasted the vis­i­tors’ best chance of the first half when Char­lie Mit­ten saved at the striker’s feet in the ninth minute.

In­victa re­sponded with a free-kick from Jimmy Jack­son, be­fore James Cor­bett opened the scor­ing by round­ing vis­it­ing ‘keeper Colin Har­ris and slot­ting home.

It was Cor­bett’s first home goal for nearly two years and he could have dou­bled his tally, and In­victa’s lead in the sec­ond half, but was thwarted by Har­ris af­ter cap­tain Lee Gled­hill sent him clear.

Matt Bourne did score the home team’s sec­ond on 54 min­utes when he drilled home Jack­son’s cor­ner, mo­ments af­ter the mid­fielder’s shot was tipped over by Har­ris.

Young debu­tant left-back Billy Swal­low went off in­jured fol­low­ing a chal­lenge by Daniel Sin­tim af­ter 60 min­utes but this didn’t dis­turb In­victa’s flow, as the chances con­tin­ued to flow.

Jimmy Dry­den’s free-kick was saved by Har­ris and James Everitt had a goal ruled out for a foul on the ‘keeper, who then pro­duced a fine save to deny Everitt’s header.

Dry­den was again de­nied by Har­ris late on, be­fore young­ster Josh Vin­cent and as­sis­tant man­ager Micky Dix were given a run out dur­ing eight min­utes of in­jury time.

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In­victa push on against Ca­su­als

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