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Resurgent Invicta make it 6 from 7

TWO GOALS: Paul Jones
TWO GOALS: Paul Jones

Walton & Hersham 0 - 3 Folkestone Invicta

FOLKESTONE Invicta stretched their impressive recent run to six wins and six clean sheets from their last seven matches as goals from strikers Paul Jones (two) and James Dryden gave Neil Cugley’s side their biggest win of the season at Stompond Lane on Tuesday night.

Invicta were in total control during the first half when they established a two-goal lead and were 3-0 up soon after half time to record a comfortable victory against a Walton & Hersham side which had been unbeaten in their previous eight Ryman Premier League matches.

Fielding an unchanged starting line-up, Invicta had the first real chance of the game when a Stuart Myall free kick was sliced past his own post by a home defender after five minutes. Centre half John Guest met Paul Lamb’s subsequent corner at the far post but goalkeeper Nick Gindre was able to keep the header out.

Guest was to be involved in all of Invicta’s significant attacking moments during the first half and can claim assists for the opening two goals.

It was Guest who sent Jones racing clear in the 23rd minute and the striker finished clinically to open the scoring.

Then he rose to meet another Myall corner in the 37th minute and Dryden was on hand to belt the ball home via the crossbar to make it 2-0.

Invicta goalkeeper Tony Kessell was finally brought into action four minutes into the second half when he pulled off a fine double save, first keeping out a Sam Keevill shot and then blocking Tristan Frontin's follow-up header.

But the pressure was short-lived and Jones made no mistake in sending a sweet strike into the corner of the net after the ball broke to him on the edge of the box a minute later.

Walton rallied at 3-0 and went close through Frontin and Sean Thurgood and had a Baz Savage goal ruled out, but there was no way back after a fine Invicta display.

Folkestone Invicta: Kessell, J. Everitt (Chandler 69), Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, M. Everitt (Neilson 86), Myall, Dryden, Jones (Sly 89), Norman.
Subs Not Used: Watson, Mann.

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