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Folkestone Invicta
I Draycott (45', 69')
Full time
M Pindy (46'), L Spence (64')
Tue 9 Jan 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 306

Folkestone Invicta 2 - 2 Thurrock

Thurrock match Invicta all the way to win a valuable away point.

Thurrock finally got to The Fullicks Stadium to fulfil this Folkestone fixture. Mind you the typically terrible Thurrock traffic tried to confound matters once more and the team coach didn’t arrive until 19:15.

Despite the rushed pre-match preparations Thurrock had their first attempt on goal about five minutes in. Timothy Ogunrinde forced a corner which was whipped in by Joe Christou for Perry Dunn to get a toe to but over the bar. Soon after Michael Pindy battled his way in from the opposite wing before setting Lewwis Spence who also shot high.

Midfield and defence of both sides largely nullify each other and there are no solid chances on goal until just after the half hour. Scott Heard gets sight from distance and hits a fierce shot which is confidently caught by Ben McNamara who is positioned so well he doesn’t need to move his feet. Joel Nouble draws a foul twenty five yards out, Spence swings the free kick in for Nouble who gets his header on target albeit from an offside position. Nouble and Spence link again as Nouble heads on a Joe Christou throw for Spence to volley inches wide with Tim Roberts rooted to the spot.

A flurry in the final five minutes, Heard again brings the ball down and shoots but this time dragged wide. McNamara makes a point blank save and sends Pindy off on a counter which is well defended by Invicta to concede only a throw.

It looks like the half is going to end all square and goalless when in the final minute Invicta craft a fine opening goal. A corner is sent long to the back post and headed strongly back across the face of goal to be met by Ian Draycott who rifles home.

Half Time: Folkestone Invicta 1 – 0 Thurrock

As explosively as the first half ended, the second began. Nouble holds up the ball before slipping the ball through the defence for Pindy who fends off three defenders before side-footing past Roberts to level the score. Ogunrinde gets in a good cross for Nouble who is just beaten to the header to win a corner whipped in by Christou, Roberts spills the ball but Invicta are able to clear downfield to work a chance for Kieron McCann who is unable to find the target.

Thurrock’s desire is evident as each player works their socks off covering each other and every blade of grass. Pindy tracks all the way back to his own corner flag before Remi Sutton nicks the ball and brings it forwards before feeding Pindy who has reversed tack and overlapped before being tackled.

Thurrock take the lead for a brief period. Folkestone all stop and appeal for a handball against Ronnie Winn but as the referee doesn’t blow his whistle Winn continues playing and pings the ball to Ogunrinde, a bit of a scramble before the ball comes back to Sutton to shoot goalwards, the ball takes the slightest touch off Spence to deflect past Roberts. The lead is short lived though. As Thurrock attempt to clear their lines five minutes later the ball is deflected to Draycott who turns inside and shoots in one movement and the ball squeaks inside McNamara’s near post to make things all square again.

As per the first period the middle section of the half is end to end but no clear cut chances until five minutes from time when Folkestone smash a thunderbolt of a shot from distance that looks to be curling beyond McNamara’s outstretched fingertips only to cannon off the inside of the upright. The referee indicates four minutes of added time and in the fifth minute Nouble travels down the wing and plays inside to Christou who in turn moves the ball onto Spence to drive into the area and shoot inches wide of the far post.

Yet another gutsy performance and a valuable away point

Thurrock: Ben McNamara, Reece Morgan, Perry Dunn, James Goode, Joe Christou, Michael Pindy (Joel Brown-Bampoe 81), Lewwis Spence, Timothy Ogunrinde (Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves 90), Ronnie Winn, Joel Nouble
Unused: Toby Smith
Attendance: 306

Next Match: Sat 13 Jan | Thurrock vs Staines Town

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Key moments

Goal Ian Draycott scores for Folkestone Invicta
Goal Michael Pindy scores for Thurrock
Goal Lewwis Spence scores for Thurrock
Goal Ian Draycott scores for Folkestone Invicta


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90:00 Sub Off
Timothy Ogunrinde is substituted off for Thurrock
90:00 Sub On
Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves is substituted on for Thurrock
81:00 Sub Off
Michael Pindy is substituted off for Thurrock
81:00 Sub On
Joel Brown-Bampoe is substituted on for Thurrock
76:00 Sub Off
Josh Vincent is substituted off for Folkestone Invicta
76:00 Sub On
Ryan Cooper is substituted on for Folkestone Invicta
70:00 Sub Off
Micheal Everitt is substituted off for Folkestone Invicta
70:00 Sub On
Ronnie Dolan is substituted on for Folkestone Invicta
69:00 Sub On
Joe Taylor is substituted on for Folkestone Invicta
69:00 Sub Off
Kieron McCann is substituted off for Folkestone Invicta
69:00 Goal 2 - 2
Ian Draycott scores for Folkestone Invicta
64:00 Goal 1 - 2
Lewwis Spence scores for Thurrock
64:00 Assist
Remi Sutton makes an assist for Thurrock
46:00 Goal 1 - 1
Michael Pindy scores for Thurrock
46:00 Assist
Joel Nouble makes an assist for Thurrock
End of period 1
44:59 Goal 1 - 0
Ian Draycott scores for Folkestone Invicta
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Folkestone Invicta
  • Thurrock
  • 0
  • Ian Draycott Goal 44:59'
  • Michael Pindy Goal 46:00'
  • Joel Nouble Assist 46:00'
  • Lewwis Spence Goal 64:00'
  • Remi Sutton Assist 64:00'
  • Joe Taylor Sub On 69:00'
  • Kieron McCann Sub Off 69:00'
  • Ian Draycott Goal 69:00'
  • Ronnie Dolan Sub On 70:00'
  • Micheal Everitt Sub Off 70:00'
  • Ryan Cooper Sub On 76:00'
  • Josh Vincent Sub Off 76:00'
  • Joel Brown-Bampoe Sub On 81:00'
  • Michael Pindy Sub Off 81:00'
  • Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves Sub On 90:00'
  • Timothy Ogunrinde Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

McNamara, Ben McNamara, Ben
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Pindy, Michael Pindy, Michael
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Dunn, Perry Dunn, Perry
Christou, Joe Christou, Joe
Goode, James Goode, James
Ogunrinde, Timothy Ogunrinde, Timothy
Spence, Lewwis Spence, Lewwis
Nouble, Joel Nouble, Joel
Folkestone Invicta
  • 1. Tim Roberts
  • 2. Josh Vincent
  • 3. Nat Blanks
  • 4. Micheal Everitt
  • 5. Callum Davies
  • 6. Finn O'Mara
  • 7. Sam Hasler
  • 8. Scott Heard
  • 9. Ian Draycott
  • 10. Ade Yusuff
  • 11. Kieron McCann
  • 12. Joe Taylor
  • 13. .
  • 14. Ronnie Dolan
  • 15. Jordan Wright
  • 16. Ryan Cooper
  • 17. Nick Shaw

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Kingstonian 46 59
14. Dorking Wanderers 46 58
15. Thurrock 46 57
16. Worthing 46 57
17. Enfield Town 46 56
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49

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