Sat 22nd February 2020

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    Folkestone Invicta

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    Wingate & Finchley

    Antwi

Isthmian Premier

In what can only be classed as a major upset, Wingate & Finchley ran out 1-0 victors vs Folkestone Invicta on Saturday afternoon at the BuildKent Stadium.

The away side started brightly but it was the home team who saw the first major chance fall their way in the 16th minute but luckily Jerson Dos Santos goal was ruled out for offside.

The Blues' fans were incensed when Charlie Ruff was fouled in the box in the 18th minute but referee Ian Fissenden waved away any claims for a penalty.

Four minutes later it was Luke Ifil who swung his boot at the ball from inside the box but Invicta's goalkeeper Tim Roberts got down quickly to tip it away.

The Seasiders hit back in the 38th minute when Ira Jackson found himself in space but Shane Gore was quick off his line to block the shot to keep the score at 0-0.

Spencer Knight's men started the second half with the same intensity as the first and it paid off massively as Jayden Antwi netted the match-winning goal in the 54th minute.

A goalmouth scramble saw the ball poked into the net with both strikers combining well to cause confusion in the Stripes' defence.

The remaining half-hour saw Wingate & Finchley defend superbly to hold onto their lead with Ira Jackson having the best chance to score in the 70th minute.

Jackson brought the ball into the box, rolled past Gore superbly but his shot was cleared off the line in dramatic fashion by the towering Ahmet Rifat.

The remaining minutes saw Folkestone Invicta attempt to break down the Blues through a series of free-kicks in the 77th and 88th minute.

Tyler Sterling first attempted an audacious free-kick from long range but the ever-present Gore plucked the ball out of the air and held on.

Jackson sought revenge for his earlier saved effort but his free-kick in the 88th minute bent past the post as the away team held on superbly.

One goal was all it took to secure three vital away points against a side who were miles ahead in the table with fans going home ecstatically happy.

Report by Marwan Harraz

Lineup

  1. Gore
  2. Doyle
  3. Farrell
  4. Rifat
  5. Eales
  6. Platt
  7. Ifil
  8. Tejan-Sie
  9. 73

  10. Evans
  11. 84

  12. Ruff
  13. 67

  14. Antwi

Subs

  1. Kennedy
  2. 73

  3. Bancroft
  4. 67

  5. Jellis
  6. Woods-Garness
  7. 84

  8. Sayoud

Attendance

554