In­victa’s play-off charge stut­ters

The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK LEAGUE - By Mark Mur­phy

FOLKE­STONE’S play-off chal­lenge suf­fered a mi­nor jolt when they were held by a fiercely de­ter­mined Kingstonian, per­son­i­fied by cap­tain Kevin Maclaren’s per­pet­ual mo­tion in mid­field.

Debu­tant striker Ja­son Wil­liams gave Ks a 53rd­minute lead and though Adam Yusuff lev­elled nine min­utes later, In­victa failed to take their late chances to win it.

Con­di­tions were not con­ducive to good foot­ball and the first half was a non-event.

In­victa had more pos­ses­sion but Wil­liams spurned the one clear chance, hook­ing his left­foot shot wide on 31 min­utes when clean through.

He made amends af­ter the break, fir­ing right­footed past static In­victa keeper Tim Roberts from 15 yards, as four de­fend­ers en­cir­cled him but stood off him.

In­victa’s lev­eller was the move of the match, Yusuff net­ting right-footed from close range af­ter slick pass­ing opened up Ks’ de­fence.

Ks keeper Rob Tol­frey, nearly get­ting to the ball.

He su­perbly de­nied Joe Tay­lor on 69 min­utes, Dray­cott han­dling be­fore fir­ing home the re­bound. Jo­han Der Torst missed a fine chance when clean through on 76 min­utes.

And Tol­frey made fur­ther saves, from Dray­cott on 79 min­utes and Der Torst five min­utes later.

He ath­let­i­cally de­nied Yusuff as the striker tried to force home the re­bound from Der Torst’s low left­foot drive.

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