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 SCORE   2 - 3    Gate 566

DATE  06/07/19.  For the Match Preview click HERE

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Folkestone Invicta’s first pre-season friendly of the summer ended in a narrow 3-2 defeat at home to National League neighbours Dover Athletic at Cheriton Road on Saturday afternoon.

The game came ten weeks after Invicta had finished the 2018-19 season with a 1-0 home win over Bognor Regis Town but just missed out on the Isthmian League Premier Division play offs.

Andy Hessenthaler’s Dover had begun their pre-season programme on Wednesday night which had also resulted in a 3-2 away win at Bearsted.

This was an enjoyable game played in front of a healthy 566 crowd which saw Jerson Dos Santos open the scoring on his return to Invicta colours before club captain Kevin Lokko headed Dover level before half time.

Inih Effiong put the visitors ahead early in the second half before captain Callum Davies equalised for Invicta.

But Dover were to strike again through Ricky Modeste to come away with victory.

Dos Santos was not the only ‘new’ face for Invicta’s starting X1 as Charlie Dickens (ex Ramsgate, Harlow Town, Ashford United and Deal Town) came in to partner Davies at the heart of the home defence and produced a composed performance.

Ira Jackson also played up front for Invicta having been training with Dover during the summer as he aims to go full time in the game.

It was Invicta that made the better start as the home side dominated the opening quarter of an hour.

Kieron McCann received the ball from Dos Santos in the fourth minute and went round goalkeeper Yusif Mersin but central defender Lokko cleared off the line.

McCann turned provider a minute later when a Johan Ter Horst shot was blocked inside the penalty area.

It was McCann and Dos Santos that combined again in the tenth minute when the latter cut back inside his defender down the left hand side of the penalty area but was crowded out and the striker played the ball back to McCann who shot wide of the far post across goal.

Scott Heard and McCann then combined to find Jackson in the 12th minute who had three attempts on goal: one was blocked, one was saved by Mersin and a third acrobatic effort was then blocked.

Dos Santos then had a 14th minute shot blocked by Paul Rooney after Nat Blanks had played the ball up to Jackson.

There was respite for Dover in the 15th minute as the visitors threatened but Jack Munns over hit his attempted through ball to Kurtis Cumberbatch.

Home goalkeeper Tim Roberts then had to get down to keep out a low Munns shot from the left in a move started by Rooney.

A diving Steven Rigg then couldn’t quite make contact with a Josh Passley cross from the right hand side.

But it was Invicta that went ahead in the 18th minute courtesy of a DOS SANTOS strike with the outside of his boot from the edge of the area.

Dos Santos had played pre-season or Invicta last summer before joining Carshalton Athletic, for whom he scored in the league away to the Folkestone club during 2018-19.

Dover responded as Munns sent over the game’s first corner from the right hand side that was met by a strong Lokko header that Roberts got down to make a good save at the far post at the expense of another corner.

It was from the second 21st minute corner– this time sent over by Munns from the left – that Dover equalised as LOKKO headed in.

Invicta then gained their first corner of the afternoon when Jackson took a quick 32nd minute free kick and Ter Horst did well but Mersin touched his low shot past the post.  Heard’s set piece from the left came out to Dickens on the edge of the penalty area whose shot deflected off Alfie Pavey for another corner.  Heard’s next set piece was met by a Finn O’Mara header that Mersin touched over the crossbar for another corner.

Dover had a clear opening in the 35th minute when a deep frr kick from the left hand side was met by Scott doe at the far post who headed towards goal but O’Mara headed over for a corner.

At the other end, Jackson found Ter Horst down the left hand side of the penalty area in the 39th minute but the latter scuffed his shot and Mersin got down to save.

A stray 42nd minute back pass from Invicta player-coach Micheal Everitt let Pavey in and the striker went round goalkeeper Roberts but put his shot wide of the far post.

Dover were to lose Rooney to injury before half time ahead of the customary pre-season numerous substitutions at half time and during the second half.

Alfie Paxman came on as a half time substitute for Invicta and was soon involved within the opening minute of the re-start as he fired a low shot wide when the ball broke to him after Heard had played the ball through to Ter Horst but Lokko got back to get a touch.

Dover were soon ahead when Oscar Gobern combined with fellow substitute EFFIONG and the latter drilled a 51st minute shot into the net.

A 58th minute free kick from Bobby-Joe Taylor was then touched over the crossbar by Roberts after a foul by Dickens on Effiong.

Following another Dover free kick Michael Woods was close to getting on the end of a Gobern ball into the Invicta penalty area.

Invicta made it 2-2 in the 69th minute when Heard’s corner from the right came off a Dover head and was headed in by one-time Dover defender DAVIES.

Dos Santos couldn’t quite guide the ball in or square the ball across to Paxman from the right hand side of the box in the 76th minute.

Paxman then tested substitute Dover goalkeeper Lee Worgan.

Dover’s winning goal came in the 80th minute when the ball was slipped through to Ricky MODESTE who went round Roberts and found the net despite slightly losing his footing after some contact.

Invicta gave ‘debuts’ during the second half to Max Mogan, Kane Roberts and a couple of trialists who were unnamed on the team sheet.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: T Roberts, O’Mara, Blanks (Baker 88 mins), Dickens, Davies, Everitt (Madden 59 mins), Heard (K Roberts 81 mins), McCann (Trialist 62 mins), Dos Santos (Morgan 77 mins), Jackson (Paxman 45 mins), Ter Horst (Trialist 70 mins).  Unused sub: Small.

DOVER ATHLETIC (first half): Mersin, Doe, Lokko, Trialist, Passley, Rooney, Munns, Cumberbatch, Reason, Pavey, Rigg.

DOVER ATHLETIC (second half): Worgan, Passley (Trialist 68 mins), De Havilland, Lokko (Trialist 68 mins), Taylor, Woods, Gobern, L’Ghoul, Modeste, Effiong, Trialist.

Corners: Invicta 5 Dover 4