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 SCORE   2-0   Gate 401

DATE  09/09/17.  For the Match Preview click HERE

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Folkestone Invicta rolled up their sleeves to pick up three more points in the Bostik League Premier Division as a first half header from Joe Taylor and a stoppage time goal from Kieron McCann gave Neil Cugley’s side a 2-0 win over Staines Town at a sunny Fullicks Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

For Taylor it was a second goal from two starts this season after he had scored in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup at Hythe in midweek having come on as a substitute in the Emirates F A Cup at home to Greenwich Borough the previous Saturday. Taylor was Invicta’s leading goalscorer last season with 26 goals in all competitions but had suffered a pre-season knee injury at Ashford during July.

For McCann it was a goal deep into stoppage time at the same ‘Town / Cricket’ End for a second successive Saturday.

Taylor was Invicta’s only out and out striker as both Ian Draycott and Ade Yusuff were ruled out after failing fitness tests with hamstring injuries.

Jordan Wright also kept his place in the starting X1, as did Ronnie Dolan who had returned at Hythe having been out with an ankle injury since January.

Tim Roberts, Josh Vincent, Micheal Everitt, Sam Hasler and McCann were also back from the start – the first two had sat it out at Hythe, while the last three had all come on as substitutes at Reachfields.

With Matt Newman (knee / calf) also having failed a fitness test, Everitt was to play a deep role as protection for the back three of Finn O’Mara, captain Callum Davies and Vincent.

Scott Heard was given the task of pushing forward to provide support for centre forward Taylor.

Invicta threatened as early as the third minute when Staines goalkeeper Ashlee Jones made a double save to deny firstly Taylor and then Heard after Hasler had found Wright in space who played the ball in from the right hand side to Taylor.

But Staines soon began to make in-roads of their own and after O’Mara had caught Lewis Driver, Max Worsfold’s ninth minute free kick from deep on the right came off Wright’s head but Roberts kept it out.

The ball was then played through to Driver four minutes later but Roberts palmed the shot away.

Worsfold gained possession from Dolan in the 15th minute and his ball in from the right was just beyond the stretching Ben Martin inside the penalty area.

Invicta defender Davies got himself into trouble inside his own penalty area five minutes later but Roberts saved from striker Elliott Buchanan.

But it was Invicta that opened the scoring with a goal that was pleasing on the eye as TAYLOR headed in a Wright cross from close range after goalkeeper Jones had kicked the ball straight to Wright who then combined with Vincent down the right hand side.

Staines responded and Roberts had to come out to save three minutes later when a Mohamed Bettamer ball in towards Buchanan was headed back by Everitt down the left hand side of the penalty area.

Invicta then went close to increasing their lead in the 32nd minute when defender O’Mara cut in from the left hand side and unleashed a powerful shot that came off the post.

The home side went forward again two minutes later when a dangerous Dolan ball across goal from the right hand side was cleared by Tyrell Miller-Rodney in the middle.

Hasler then fired wide from the edge of the penalty area in the39th minute when Taylor touched the ball back after a McCann cross in from the left.

Bettamer and Driver combined to find Wadah Ahmidi on the right and the latter won the ball and played it back to Bayley Brown on the edge of the box who shot high and wide.

Staines were to enjoy a lot of possession during the second half as Invicta played on the counter attack.

Heard flicked the ball on to Dolan when O’Mara played it forward in the 48th minute but a defender got there first to clear when the midfielder attempted to put Taylor in.

Taylor then received the ball from Davies and sent Wright clear who squared the ball across to the advancing Heard on the right but the ball was cleared again.

Josh Webb sent in a deep 57th minute cross from the left for Staines but Driver headed wide of the target at the far post and Driver, Buchanan and Bettamer worked an opening for Worsfold on the left hand side a minute later but Roberts saved at his near post at the expense of a corner.

Vincent then got a vital 60th minute touch to avert the danger when Miller-Rodney played a ball in from the right towards Buchanan in the middle.

Driver was booked for catching O’Mara in the 63rd minute and Invicta’s Hasler also received a yellow card for his part in the ‘afters’.

Taylor headed the ball on for Heard in the 69th minute as Staines left gaps as they went in search of an equaliser but defender Martin was there for the visitors.

Bettamer received the ball from Miller-Rodney and tried to slip it through to Buchanan in the 74th minute but Davies intercepted.

Miller-Rodney then received the ball from Dribver down the right hand side of the penalty area two minutes later when Hasler slipped and the ball over to the far post fell to Worsfold who couldn’t quite convert.

McCann combined with Taylor in the 80th minute but Brown blocked the subsequent shot.

Roberts came out to save again in the 87th minute when a Daniel D Brown ball deflected into the path of fellow substitute Jonathan Hippolyte inside the penalty area.

Hippolyte, Miller-Rodney and substitute Brown worked the ball out to Worsfold on the left in the 90thminute whose ball in was put out for a corner by O’Mara.

Invicta had held on and doubled their lead in stoppage time when Staines captain Tommy Brewer played the ball back and a mix up between Miller-Rodney and goalkeeper Jones presented McCANN with a gift as he put the ball into an empty net.

As well as Hasler and Driver, there were also bookings for Invicta’s Vincent and McCann.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, Vincent, O’Mara, Everitt, Davies, Dolan, Hasler (Blanks 81 mins), Heard, Taylor, Wright (Kisitu 78 mins), McCann.  Unused subs: Madden, Edge, Chalmers-Stevens.

STAINES TOWN: Joines, Webb, Miller-Rodney, B Brown, Martin, Brewer, Driver, Ahmidi (D Brown 85 mins), Buchanan (Hippolyte 80 mins), Bettamer, Worsfold.  Unused subs: Gough, Gilbey.

ACorners:  Invicta 4 Staines 8