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 SCORE  4 - 1   Gate 203

DATE  02/10/18.  For the Match Preview click HERE

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Corners: AFC Hornchurch 5 Folkestone Invicta           

Folkestone Invicta suffered a 4-1 defeat away to AFC Hornchurch in the Bostik League Premier Division on Tuesday night.

Something had to give as the Folkestone club took its 100% away record to a Hornchurch side unbeaten in its opening 11 fixtures of the season in all competitions ... and it resulted in an emphatic victory for The Urchins.

Invicta’s previous visit to The Stadium at Bridge Avenue had been almost eight years ago to the night and had resulted in a 4-0 defeat and this was to be an equally miserable night for the Folkestone club.

It leaves Neil Cugley’s side with back-to-back defeats against Essex opposition after they had lost 3-2 at home to Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday.

Player unavailability and a sickness bug that has affected both the Invicta manager and his playing staff this week only added to Invicta’s woes.

Team news saw Jerald Aboagye and Micheal Everitt (his first league start of the season) come in for Matt Newman (unwell) and Ronnie Dolan (neck injury). Ian Draycott played in a more advanced role up front alongside one-time AFC Hornchurch striker Ade Yusuff, with Johan Ter Horst moving across to the right hand side.

A third minute Invicta chance saw Everitt and Kieron McCann combine to find another former AFC Hornchurch player Phil Starkey on the left hand side and Yusuff got his shot in but home goalkeeper Callum Chafer got across to make a one-handed save and Draycott couldn’t quite force the rebound in from close range.

But the home side soon opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Alex Bentley played a pass to Jordan Clark who sent Tobi Coker clear down the right hand side and the latter’s low ball across goal was put in from close range at the far post by striker George PURCELL.

Invicrta responded as McCann played Yusuff in down the left hand side two minutes later and the striker went down under challenge from home captain Nathan Cooper but referee James Simpson decided that there was nothing in it.

Ter Horst then hit a speculative 12th minute shot over the crossbar from the right hand side.

At the other end, striker Sean Marks couldn’t get clean enough contact on his 14th minute header wide after a Coker ball in from the right in a move started by Purcell.

The ball then broke for Purcell inside the penalty area a minute later and Coker came across to join in as the ball went out for a home corner.

Coker played a 17th minute ball forward to Marks who juggled his way past central defender Josh Vincent down the right hand side of the penalty area but goalkeeper Nick Shaw made a good save.

The Urchins had to make a first half change when central defender Cooper limped off and was replaced by Connor Hogan.

McCann cut inside and hit a low 30th minute shot wide of the target from just outside the penalty area.

But it was 2-0 in the 33rd minute when a Brad Warner free kick was headed in by substitute HOGAN after Invicta captain Callum Davies had clattered into Marks.

The ball was worked out to Warner on the right hand side in the 40th minute who curled his shot in but Shaw got across to save.

Draycott touched on a 42nd minute Davies free kick to McCann on the left and the latter’s ball across goal was put out for Invicta’s first corner of the night by a stretching Bentley.

Any Invicta’s hopes of staging a second half comeback soon received a big blow when it became 3-0 in the 47th minute as a deep Warner free kick into the penalty area was met by a looping MARKS header into the net after a foul by Everitt.

Purcell ran down the right hand side in the 65th minute and slipped the ball through to Coker but McCann got back to avert the danger.

McCann found Ter Horst at the other end two minutes later who slipped the ball through to Draycott inside the penalty area but Chafer got down to save at the expense of a corner.

It was to get worse for Invicta as substitute Leon McKenzie was to make it 4-0 in the 72nd minute soon after coming on for Marks. Coker played a great ball through into the penalty area to Lewwis Spence whose ball across goal found McKENZIE who initially missed a sitter by hitting the bar from virtually on the line before scoring at the second attempt.

It was the first time that Invicta had been 4-0 down since their play off semi final away to Hendon back in May. Then Hendon manager Gary McCann was in attendance here as his new Hampton and Richmond Borough side host AFC Hornchurch in the F A Cup Third Round Qualifying on Saturday.

The Urchins broke again in the 77th minute when after a spell of Invicta possession an Everitt ball was intercepted by Jay Porter who spread the lay to the Coker on the right but Shaw got behind the subsequent shot.

Invicta pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute when Yusuff received the ball from Jack Evans and took it on before getting his shot in that Chafer saved but pushed out and DRAYCOTT tapped in from close range for his second goal in successive games after a recent drought.

An 87th minute ball from Invicta substitute Alfie Paxman was intercepted by Warner who threaded the ball through to substitute Nana Boakye-Yiadom but Aboagye got across to avert the danger.

After having himself been fouled by Invicta substitute Sam Hasler (back after a recent illness), Warner whipped in a free kick across goal from deep on the right touchline that Shaw touched past the post for a corner.

There were bookings for AFC Hornchurch’s Leon smith (24th minute foul on Yusuff), Coker (pulling Starkey’s shirt in the 41st minute) and substitute Boakye-Yiadom (81st minute foul) and for Invicta’s Davies (54th minute foul), Eveirtt (61st minute foul on Marks), Evans (dissent in the 62nd minute) and Yusuff (80th minute challenge on Clark).

AFC HORNCHURCH: Chafer, Bentley, Porter, Smith, Cooper (Hogan 24 mins), Clark, Warner, Spence, Marks (McKenzie 70 mis), Purcell (Boakye-Yiadom 72 mins), Coker.  Unused subs: Hursit, Saunders.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Shaw, Starkey (Paxman 67 mins), Everitt (Hasler 86 mins), Vincent, Davies, Evans, Draycott, Aboagye, Ter Horst, Yusuff, McCann.  Unused subs: Baker, Coleman.

Corners: AFC Hornchurch 5 Folkestone Invicta   3