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Folkestone Invicta
R Winn (45')
Full time
K McCann (25'), J Taylor (79')
Tue 17 Apr 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 173

Thurrock 1 - 2 Folkestone Invicta

By Dom Baker

The Fleet faced Folkestone Invicta in what was the last game under the lights at Ship Lane. Thurrock slipped into a respectable 15th place after Saturday’s defeat while the visitors sat in 3rd with an impressive 100 goals scored this season. A win will confirm playoffs for Folkestone.

Thurrock started the game strongly winning the ball high in the opposition half, it certainly seemed that the occasion had spurred on the team. They weren’t fazed by the opposition’s success so far this season.

Despite the intensity there was little goal-mouth action. Folkestone top scorer Adam Yusuff threatened in the 9th minute after latching onto a direct ball over-the-top of the Thurrock backline, but couldn’t beat Ben McNamara with a scuffed effort.

They would cause problems just minutes later when Ronnie Dolan clipped the ball towards the back post towards Ter Horst, who nodded his header safely over.

It was 3rd time lucky as Folkestone took the lead in the 25th minute. A looped ball from Jerald Aboagye found Ter Horst who drove into the box before teeing up McCann 12 yards out. The midfielder slotted the ball to the keeper’s left for the game’s opener.

Keiron McCann (25’)

It was an unfortunate goal to concede as The Fleet found themselves short at the back and caught out at the far post. Folkestone did, however, merit their lead.

The lead could have doubled shortly after when a neat 1-2 on the edge of the area put Johan Ter Horst through on goal with just the keeper to beat. The winger, who had caused trouble early on, couldn’t find the composure and skewed his shot comfortably over.

Folkestone were direct and very quick on the break, it was clear to see why they were so prolific this campaign. The Thurrock defence were strong though, Remi Sutton and James Goode making some crucial, crunching tackles.

Thurrock got a reward for their hard work on the stroke of half-time. Jordan Clark picked the ball up deep in the Fleet half before clipping a perfect ball over the Folkestone back four. Ronnie Winn latched onto it, evading all opposition and slotted home coolly at the near post.

Ronnie Winn (45’)


There were no substitutions at the break from either side and no change in tempo either. The pace of the game was ridiculously fast, it was as if there had been no intermission at all.

Folkestone returned from their team talk as eager as before and were looking to get forward at every opportunity, much like the first-half however, Ben McNamara was often watching the ball sail over his woodwork.

Thurrock were counter-attacking well with Charlie Stimson holding up the ball superbly, several moves just lacked the final pass, Michael Pindy, in particular, was unlucky on a couple of occasions.

The game became increasingly feisty as it aged. Heavy challenges were being made by both sides with Folkestone’s Adam Yusuff on the receiving end of many of them. The referee tried to keep the game flowing and kept his cards in his pockets despite numerous Folkestone protests, Thurrock just wanted to get on with it.

The Fleet made the game’s first change as Michael Pindy made way for Joel Nouble. Folkestone reacted moments later as Ian Draycott was replaced by Joseph Taylor. Both substitutions were attacking ones with both sides looking for the all important next goal.

On the 69th minute McNamara was heavily tested. Yusuff fizzed a cross across the 6-yard box that was punched away but only as far as Ronnie Dolan. The midfielder struck a volley towards the top corner that was met by another flying save from McNamara’s right hand. A fine double save that gained applause from both sides, while keeping his team in the tie.

Thurrock responded immediately by carving out their best chance of the half. Lewwis Spence met Stimson’s clever flick and drove into the opposition box confidently. The skipper then evaded a strong challenge before laying the ball back to Jordan Clark on the penalty spot. The box-to-box midfielder could only watch the ball trickled past him, however, as a mix-up in communication saw a clear-cut chance go begging.

The Fleet were punished just moments later with just 10 minutes left on the clock. Nathanial Blanks fired the ball into target man Joseph Taylor who turned, shifted it to his left and finished expertly into the bottom corner, across McNamara.

Joseph Taylor (79’)

The visitors illustrated how important it is to take your chances with a sickening couple of minutes. Thurrock reacted to the goal by changing their system, James Goode made way for Ellis Brown who slotted into the right flank in something of a 4-2-4 formation. With just 5 minutes plus stoppage time the home side were going to give it their all, it was great to see.

With his first touch of the game Brown could have found the net. He met a looping ball forward, letting it bounce over his shoulder before volleying over the keeper but over the bar as well.

Thurrock pushed forwards deep into stoppage time but couldn’t break down a resilient Folkestone defence desperate for the 3 points.


The Fleet fought from the first whistle to the last but Folkestone took their chances and proved why they’re fighting at the top of the table. The last game under Ship Lane’s lights wasn’t a win but an example of their work-ethic this season, showing the potential to match one of the league’s best for large parts of the game.

Thurrock: Ben McNamara, George Winn, Remi Sutton, James Goode (Ellis Brown 84), Dexter Peter, Jordan Clark, Michael Pindy (Joel Nouble 67), Lewwis Spence, Charlie Stimson, Ronnie Winn, Reece Morgan
Unused: Toby Smith, Timothy Ogunrinde, Connor Weston
Attendance: 173

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Key moments

Goal Kieron McCann scores for Folkestone Invicta
Goal Ronnie Winn scores for Thurrock
Goal Joseph Taylor scores for Folkestone Invicta


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87:00 Sub Off
Johan Ter Horst is substituted off for Folkestone Invicta
87:00 Sub On
Joshua Vincent is substituted on for Folkestone Invicta
84:00 Sub Off
James Goode is substituted off for Thurrock
84:00 Sub On
Ellis Brown is substituted on for Thurrock
84:00 Sub On
Micheal Everitt is substituted on for Folkestone Invicta
84:00 Sub Off
Samuel Hasler is substituted off for Folkestone Invicta
79:00 Goal 1 - 2
Joseph Taylor scores for Folkestone Invicta
69:00 Sub On
Joseph Taylor is substituted on for Folkestone Invicta
69:00 Sub Off
Ian Draycott is substituted off for Folkestone Invicta
67:00 Sub On
Joel Nouble is substituted on for Thurrock
67:00 Sub Off
Michael Pindy is substituted off for Thurrock
End of period 1
44:59 Assist
Jordan Clark makes an assist for Thurrock
44:59 Goal 1 - 1
Ronnie Winn scores for Thurrock
25:00 Goal 0 - 1
Kieron McCann scores for Folkestone Invicta
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Folkestone Invicta
  • 0
  • Kieron McCann Goal 25:00'
  • Ronnie Winn Goal 44:59'
  • Jordan Clark Assist 44:59'
  • Joel Nouble Sub On 67:00'
  • Michael Pindy Sub Off 67:00'
  • Joseph Taylor Sub On 69:00'
  • Ian Draycott Sub Off 69:00'
  • Joseph Taylor Goal 79:00'
  • Ellis Brown Sub On 84:00'
  • James Goode Sub Off 84:00'
  • Micheal Everitt Sub On 84:00'
  • Samuel Hasler Sub Off 84:00'
  • Joshua Vincent Sub On 87:00'
  • Johan Ter Horst Sub Off 87:00'

Team selection

McNamara, Ben McNamara, Ben
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
Winn, George Winn, George
Pindy, Michael Pindy, Michael
Peter, Dexter Peter, Dexter
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Clark, Jordan Clark, Jordan
Spence, Lewwis Spence, Lewwis
Stimson, Charlie Stimson, Charlie
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Goode, James Goode, James
Folkestone Invicta
  • 1. Tim Roberts
  • 2. Ronnie Dolan
  • 3. Nathaniel Blanks
  • 4. Matthew Newman
  • 5. Callum Davies
  • 6. Samuel Hasler
  • 7. Johan Ter Horst
  • 8. Jerald Aboagye
  • 9. Ian Draycott
  • 10. Adam Yusuff
  • 11. Kieron McCann
  • 12. Joseph Taylor
  • 13. .
  • 14. Joshua Vincent
  • 15. Micheal Everitt
  • 16. Jordan Wright
  • 17. Nicholas Shaw

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Metropolitan Police 45 63
12. Harrow Borough 45 60
13. Thurrock 45 57
14. Worthing 45 56
15. Kingstonian 44 56
16. Enfield Town 45 55
17. Dorking Wanderers 45 55

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