FOLKESTONE INVICTA 3 WHITSTABLE TOWN 1
Pre-season friendly (The Sid Burvill Trophy)
Saturday July 27 2019 15.00
After the recent hot weather, this latest pre-season game at Folkestone was played in persistent rain, but the teams provided an entertaining game for the 194 supporters that came to the Fullicks Stadium. The teams were competing for the Sid Burvill Trophy, which has been part of Folkestone’s pre-season programme for a number of years and the game was sponsored by the family of Sid, who was a part of the club in their early Kent League days.
Both teams were missing players, which is a common theme of pre-season. Whitstable were without a number of their squad, including goalkeeper Dan Eason, who was replaced for the day by Henry Newcombe, who coincidentally had played for Deal Town against Folkestone a few days earlier. The home team almost took the lead from a very early corner that was headed against the post by Matt Newman. They did not have to wait long to be rewarded for their bright start when Ira Jackson was played through by Jerson Dos Santos and fired the ball past Newcombe into the top corner from the edge of the box on 7 minutes. Newcombe then saved from Rory Smith as Folkestone continued to threaten. In the 20th minute, Smith broke well down the right and sent over a low cross for Kieron McCann, who swept the ball first time into the bottom left corner past the diving Newcombe to double the lead. Whitstable then got themselves back in the game following some creative play by Liam Gillies, Osman Proni and Tarik Ibrahim and a good move was finished by Ibrahim shooting past Tim Roberts to pull a goal back in the 21st minute. Jackson struck a Folkestone free kick into the Whitstable wall before Ibrahim volleyed a John Walker cross just over at the other end. Jackson had another low shot well saved and Roberts touched a Whitstable free kick over the bar, so the teams went in at half time with the score 2-1.
Folkestone introduced three substitutes at the break and one of them, Sam Hasler forced Newcombe into a good save as he turned a powerful shot away on 49 minutes. A third goal for the home team arrived on 58 minutes, when Callum Davies glanced home an in-swinging corner that the Whitstable defence failed to deal with. Whitstable were not quite finished however and a good effort from Gillies was deflected behind for a corner, then Proni worked his way past a number of defenders before seeing his shot well saved by Roberts. Alex Anderson met a cross from the right, but his header clipped the top of Folkestone’s crossbar. Jackson had one more attempt to increase Folkestone’s lead, only to see his volley deflected past the post. Both teams made further changes, but there were to be no more goals and 3-1 was the final score.
The trophy was presented to Folkestone after the final whistle, with a “man of the match” award being given to a player from each team and the recipients were Rory Smith and John Walker.
Whitstable manager Lloyd Blackman felt that his team played some encouraging football at times, despite having six players unavailable for this game. There are still a few games left to work on things, prior to the competitive season starting. His team now have three home friendlies coming up against Margate, Bowers & Pitsea and a Bromley XI.
Tim Roberts (Joe Coleman 88), Josh Vincent, Nat Blanks (Finn O’Mara 46), Matt Newman, Callum Davies (c), Micheal Everitt (Charlie Dickens 72), Scott Heard (Sam Hasler 46), Ira Jackson, Jerson Dos Santos (Trialist 19 72), Rory Smith (Lewis Heard 81), Kieron McCann (Johan Ter Horst 46).
Goals: Ira Jackson 7, Kieron McCann 20, Callum Davies 58.
Henry Newcombe, Jake Mackenzie, John Walker (James Trueman 81), Connor Sanders, Tom Bryant (c), Liam Dickson (George Ede 55), Liam Gillies, Osman Proni, Marcus Elliott (Muhammed Cham 84), Tarik Ibrahim (Owen Fitt 84), Alex Anderson.
Goal: Tarik Ibrahim 21
Referee: Jak Hill
Assistants: Dan Blades & Jerry Annandale