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Folkestone Invicta 3 Dorking Wanderers 1
Posted: 6th November 2017
(Pics courtesy of Steve O’Sullivan)
When Dorking Wanderers last visited Folkestone two years ago it was the hottest day of the year. Kev Terry scored a goal to give them a point that day, and it looked like Wanderers would repeat that score line until five minutes from time on this occasion.
Wanderers welcomed new signing Lewis Putman to the squad, having joined from Beaconsfield last week. He took his place on the bench as Dorking lined up in a 4-4-2 formation due to the wide pitch. They also lost Lewis Taylor at the last minute as his wife went into labour on the morning of the game.
The back four was forced into a change only four minutes in as Tommy Summerfield twisted a knee in an early challenge. Isaac Philpott took his place.
There were few clear cut chances for either side in the first half hour, and Yusuff received the first yellow card for Invicta following a blatant dive in the penalty area. Matt Briggs was starting to create some openings with his penetrating runs, but it was the home side who struck first with 36 minutes gone when Ian Draycott lobbed Josh Pelling from the edge of the box.
Wanderers responded well with the majority of the possession and threatened several times before yet another cross from Briggs was knocked in by Giuseppe Sole to level things up after 41 minutes.
As the second half began, more injury woes for Wanderers as central midfielder Dan Pearse had to be replaced. Tom Tolfrey took his place up front alongside Sole with James McShane dropping back deeper. Several chances went just wide for Wanderers, and Pelling saved well from Heard.
A spell of sustained pressure followed with the home side forcing a succession of corners. The danger signs were there, and Lewis Putman came on for Sam Beard. The ever busy McShane created a chance for the new boy but his shot was blocked.
Another foray forward by Folkestone saw Pelling save well but Scott Heard was there to tap in the rebound. The final straw was a harsh penalty decision giving Yusuff the chance to put the game beyond reach in the last minute.
The 3-1 score was flattering for Invicta, but not taking their chances has proved to be costly for Dorking once again.
Manger Marc White said afterwards, “I felt Folkestone were effective with their game plan, but we created enough chances to win two games of football. This has cost us the game because they punished us when it mattered”
Dorking Wanderers: Pelling, Summerfield (Philpott), Boulter, Ray, Hamlin, Moore, Pearse (Tolfrey), Briggs, Sole, Beard (Putman), McShane
Subs not used: Chendlik, Beckles