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Kingstonian
Folkestone Invicta
J Williams (53')
Full time
A Yusuff (62')
Sat 24 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 253

All square inside the Mole Valley's Arctic Circle

At a freezing Fetcham Grove, K's and Folkestone Invicta fought out a draw in an ordinary game punctuated by two fine goals.

Match report by Rupert Cane.

Kingstonian secured only a third draw of the league campaign against high-flying Folkestone Invicta on Saturday afternoon.

The previous stalemates were at home to Burgess Hill in August and Dorking Wanderers in December, both goalless. This was an altogether more impressive outcome considering both the recent form of the opposition, and the predictably unpredictable make-up of the K’s team.

There were two debutants down our left side, Toby Ajala and Taurean Roberts, most recently of Harlow and Harrow respectively. Both performed well. Up front Jason Williams started his first game following a brief cameo at Dorking a week ago, and a centre-back shortage meant the ever-dependable Manu Gogonas filled in alongside Sean Francis. Freddy Yao went to right-back, and Kevin Maclaren returned from suspension to skipper the side.

What happened in the first half? Not much. It was nice to see Fetcham Grove bathed in sunshine for the first time in what felt like months. The pitch was mostly green, too, which made a pleasant change from recent home fixtures, but the ball still bobbled and bounced all over the place, making passing an arduous task.

This is the best explanation for the paucity of chances before the interval. Williams got free but scuffed his effort wide when a square ball to the unmarked Tom Beere was probably the order of the day. Conner Hunte jinked in repeatedly like Dan Bennett. Rob Tolfrey had one save of note to make, comfortably holding an Adam Yusuff strike.

Sensing Invicta inertia, K’s perked up after the interval. On 53 minutes, Mike West chased a long ball and did well to cross before it drifted behind for a goal-kick. The visitors didn’t sufficiently clear their lines, allowing Williams to take aim and wrongfoot Tim Roberts, the leaden-footed Invicta keeper.

The goal had two effects. Firstly, it surprised K’s, and understandably so. For only the second time in a home league game under Leigh Dynan, we led.

It also woke Folkestone up. They had started the day in fourth place, fresh from beating leaders Billericay 72 hours earlier.

It took them nine minutes to equalise. Johan Ter Horst, recently of Hull City, initiated a slick move that involved he and Yussuf exchanging passes until a clear chance arrived. Yussuf it was who converted from close range.

The same man passed up a glorious chance to put his team ahead after K’s defence waited for an offside flag that never came. Happily, Tolfrey kept his concentration and stayed big to brilliantly deny the Folkestone striker. Ter Horst thwacked in the rebound but only after handling.

K’s offered glimpses going forward but it was Folkestone who did most of the running in the final stages. Tolfrey made two more fine saves before the final whistle, first denying Ian Draycott from a free-kick, and then pushing a low Ter Horst drive away from goal, with the angle too tight for Draycott to convert the rebound.

That there were only two minutes of additional time rather summed up the pedestrian nature of the contest, but, considering K’s recent home form, this was not a result to be sniffed at.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Freddy Yao, Toby Ajala, Kevin Maclaren, Manolis Gogonas, Sean Francis, Connor Hunte, Tom Beere, Jason Williams, Michael West, Taurean Roberts.

Subs: Andre McCollin (for Jason Williams, 82m), Jerry Amoo (for Connor Hunte, 75m), Victor Fundi (for Tom Beere, 88m), Owen Coleman.

Folkestone Invicta: Tim Roberts, Josh Vincent, Nat Blanks, Ronnie Dolan, Callum Davies, Matt Newman, Johan ter Horst, Jerald Aboagye, Ian Draycott, Adam Yusuff, Kieron McCann.

Subs: Joe Taylor (for Kieron McCann, 61m), Ethan Maddon, Jordan Wright, Tom Walmsley, Nick Shaw.

Goal scorers: Jason Williams (53m, 1-0), Adam Yusuff (62m, 1-1)

Attendance: 253

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Key moments

53:00
Goal Jason Williams scores for Kingstonian
62:00
Goal Adam Yusuff scores for Folkestone Invicta

Highlights

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88:00 Sub Off
Tom Beere is substituted off for Kingstonian
88:00 Sub On
Victor Fundi is substituted on for Kingstonian
82:00 Sub Off
Jason Williams is substituted off for Kingstonian
82:00 Sub On
Andre McCollin is substituted on for Kingstonian
75:00 Sub Off
Connor Hunte is substituted off for Kingstonian
75:00 Sub On
Jerry Amoo is substituted on for Kingstonian
62:00 Goal 1 - 1
Adam Yusuff scores for Folkestone Invicta
61:00 Sub Off
Kieron McCann is substituted off for Folkestone Invicta
61:00 Sub On
Joe Taylor is substituted on for Folkestone Invicta
53:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jason Williams scores for Kingstonian
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kingstonian
  • Folkestone Invicta
  • 0
  • Jason Williams Goal 53:00'
  • Kieron McCann Sub Off 61:00'
  • Joe Taylor Sub On 61:00'
  • Adam Yusuff Goal 62:00'
  • Connor Hunte Sub Off 75:00'
  • Jerry Amoo Sub On 75:00'
  • Jason Williams Sub Off 82:00'
  • Andre McCollin Sub On 82:00'
  • Tom Beere Sub Off 88:00'
  • Victor Fundi Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Folkestone Invicta
  • 1. Tim Roberts
  • 2. Josh Vincent
  • 3. Nat Blanks
  • 4. Ronnie Dolan
  • 5. Callum Davies
  • 6. Matt Newman
  • 7. Johan ter Horst
  • 8. Jerald Aboagye
  • 9. Ian Draycott
  • 10. Adam Yusuff
  • 11. Kieron McCann
  • 12. Joe Taylor
  • 14. Ethan Maddon
  • 15. Jordan Wright
  • 16. Tom Walmsley
  • 17. Nick Shaw

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Burgess Hill Town
2
5
2
4
Staines Town
1
0
Worthing
Hendon
1
1
Lowestoft Town
Needham Market
3
2
Margate
Tooting & Mitcham United
0
2
Wingate & Finchley
0
0

League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Tonbridge Angels 46 64
12. Harrow Borough 46 63
13. Kingstonian 46 59
14. Dorking Wanderers 46 58
15. Thurrock 46 57
16. Worthing 46 57
17. Enfield Town 46 56

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