HOT SHOT: Thomas strikes early for In­victa

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

TAYLER THOMAS’ sev­en­th­minute strike helped Folke­stone claim their third Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 South away win of the sea­son on their first visit to Water­side Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Teenager Thomas, who has ex­tended his loan spell from Gilling­ham, got the win­ner when James Dry­den put him through and he fin­ished with a fine strike.

Neil Cu­g­ley fielded the same side that crushed Chatham 6-0 in the Kent Se­nior Cup but Josh Vin­cent knew his side were in for a harder game when a late chal­lenge by Ca­su­als de­fender Chris Robin­son earned him a third-minute book­ing.

Thomas might have put In­victa in front a minute ear­lier but goal­keeper Craig Brad­shaw saved with his feet and then ref­eree Rob Al­lum waved away home penalty ap­peals when Matt We­ston went down af­ter a good run into the area.

Char­lie Mit­ten touched We­ston’s shot around the post and then saved again from the same player soon af­ter­wards.

At the other end, Dry­den volleyed over the bar and had an­other ef­fort blocked by a de­fender, with Vin­cent’s fol­lowup saved by Brad­shaw.

Wal­ton’s best chance came when Jamel Carr’s strike bounced off the In­victa cross­bar.

The game de­vel­oped into a scrap in the sec­ond half with In­victa’s Kieran Byrne and Thomas both booked.

Tac­tics were changed and Jimmy Jack­son switched to left- back when player-coach Scott Lind­sey re­placed Josh Burchell on the hour.

Wal­ton con­tin­ued to press and Mit­ten got down well to touch an­other ef­fort around the post.

Chris Lew­ing­ton then volleyed wide from the edge of the area, and James Everitt blocked from an­other ef­fort three min­utes later. Mit­ten also touched over Pla­tel’s late header as Folke­stone held on.

In­victa’s Si­mon Rain­bow and Joe Neil­son, back at the club af­ter re-join­ing from Hythe, went on in the clos­ing stages as the vis­i­tors won their first cor­ner in stop­page time but that statis­tic didn’t mat­ter – they had al­ready done enough to se­cure the points.

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