Rare Corbett strike helps to sink Casuals
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.
Invicta push on against Casuals