Folkestone Invicta 5 Enfield Town 1
Match report by John Dolan
Folkestone Invicta 5 Enfield Town 1
Town started positively and on the front foot with Simon Thomas slotting home in the very first minute but a late offside flag was raised.
After a goalmouth scramble that Town eventually cleared, a good cross from Sam Youngs was slid home by Thomas but again he was ruled offside although this was a far closer decision. Thomas got his reward in the 11th minute when he steered in a free header from a Youngs corner.
But approaching the 20 minute mark Folkestone started to get on top and a header flew just over bar before, in the 23rd minute they equalised thanks to a low drive from the edge of the box by Ade Yusuff. Invicta upped the tempo and took the lead three minutes later. Yusuff raced clear of a square defence, rounded Joe Wright and Johan Ter Horst tapped in to empty net to make it 2-1.
Town tried to regain a foothold in the game and good work from Mario Noto freed up Youngs on the right, but his cross was cleared. Dan Rumens mistimed a header from a corner but overall the visitors’ midfield was finding it hard to keep the ball and Folkestone were quicker to anything loose. Salt was rubbed into Town wounds when Sam Hasler scored direct from a corner kick after 33 minutes. With their tails up, the hosts’ Ian Draycott chipped from the edge of the box but it drifted just over. Shortly afterwards a good strike from Scott Heard was saved by Joe Wright.
Just before the break, Ryan Blake found space down the left flank and jinked pass Josh Vincent but shot well wide from an acute angle.
Half-time: Folkestone Invicta 3 Enfield Town 1
The referee sustained an injury early on in the second period and there was a fourteen minute delay to find a successor. Town responded the better of the two sides after the enforced break and were unlucky not to pull one back as successive corners saw Darren Purse and Simon Thomas had three efforts cleared off the line as it was Folkestone’s turn to live dangerously.
But the home side’s quick breaks, with Yusuff catching the eye in particular, were causing problems and, in the 67th minute, Folkestone were awarded penalty when Darren Purse was adjudged to have fouled Ian Draycott when he went to ground in a tackle. Yusuff’s kick was well saved by Wright low down at his left-hand post. A couple of minutes later Ter Horst had another run down the left and his shot just missed the target, and then Yusuff’s header was wide after yet another quick counter.
After 72 minutes Yusuff finally got his second goal after some good passing down the right led to a great cross which found him unmarked at the far post and he had time to pick his spot with ease. Elliot Benyon, who had replaced Steve Wales, got on end of great cross from Youngs but the ball was smothered by Folkestone keeper Tim Roberts.
After Yusuff had headed just wide again, Ter Horst got his second of the night when he latched on to a through ball and poked it home to compound Town's miserable night. Invicta were well worth their victory, they were much the sharper of the two sides, and broke more quickly. Town’s luck in front of goal was out but there were no excuses whatsoever. A big thank you is due to the hardy souls who braved the cold and rainy conditions and endured a late journey home.
Team: Joe Wright, John Kyriacou, Danny Rumens, Darren Purse, Taylor McKenzie, Adam Martin (Ryan Blackman 75), Mario Noto, Sam Youngs (Drew Roberts 90), Ryan Blake, Simon Thomas, Steve Wales (Elliot Benyon 75).