Match Report

Folkestone Invicta
J White, Z Joseph, C Maclaren
I Draycott, C Davies 2
Match details
Competition: Isthmian League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 27 January 2018
Attendance: 326

Hendon produced a magnificent fightback to snatch a draw with a stoppage time-goal from Casey Maclaren. The Greens had been 3-0 down after 70 minutes and Folkestone Invicta had been more than good value for their lead.

There were two changes to the Hendon starting line-up which had conceded a later equaliser at Needham Market a week earlier, Luke Tingey coming in for Dave Diedhiou and Niko Muir replacing Zak Joseph, the latter dropping to the bench.

The match had a dramatic, if goalless, opening, with four good chances in the first ten minutes. First, excellent approach play from Gillingham loanee Finn O'Mara set up Adam Yusuff, whose shot struck the outside of the near post when it seemed easier to hit the target.

Two minutes later, Hendon's on-loan left-back Liam Gordon made a powerful run out from just inside his own half. No one came to stop him and when he got to within 20 yards of goal, he drilled a shot which narrowly cleared the crossbar.

In the eighth minute, Ashley Nathaniel-George made a long diagonal run from the left wing. He found Joe White, whose low ball picked out Muir, but the striker could not get high enough to direct his header downwards and the ball cleared the crossbar.

Josh Walker, in the ninth minute, had Hendon's next chance, latching onto a misplaced defensive clearance. He probably had more time than he realised, but he dragged the shot wide - a miss not dissimilar to Yussuf's at the other end.

Folkestone, whose players and officials had to make their own way to the ground for the last couple of miles after their coach broke down, suffered another blow in the 13th minute when Scott Heard limped off. Keiron McCann replaced him.

For the rest of the half, it was Folkestone who set the pace. In the 20th minute they were awarded a penalty when Yussuf went down under a challenge as players tried to control a bouncing ball.

It was a clear foul, but neither dangerous nor malicious and the referee was correct in both awarding the spot-kick and not issuing a card sanction to the defender. Yussuf picked himself and drilled the penalty beyond Corey Addai's dive - and the left post.

The Greens were not so fortunate in the 26th minute. Bringing the ball out of defence, Arthur Lee lost possession and Sam Hasler quickly played the ball forward to Joseph Taylor.

Suddenly only Rian Bray was between Taylor and Ian Draycott, with Addai behind him. Taylor passed the ball to Draycot, who controlled it and rolled the ball beyond Addai's dive just inside the right post.

Yussuf's third bad miss of the half came in the 39th minute. He held off a challenge from Jake Eggleton, had a clear sight of goal, but didn't hit the shot cleanly, giving Addai the chance to push the wide of the far post and out for a corner.

Seven minutes after the break, Hendon conceded a free-kick on the left wing, just inside their own half. Hasler delivered the ball beyond the far post where Josh Vincent arrived late, and although he was unchallenged his diving header cannoned off the near post and Hendon were able to clear the ball.

After 65 minutes, Hendon made their first change, replacing Walker with Joseph. A minute later, the Greens' afternoon took a turn for the worse.

They showed they hadn't learned from the escape with Walker's header, because, from an almost identical situation. Hasler and Vincent combined again. This time, however, the unmarked Vincent headed the ball across the face of goal Callum Davies powered home a close range header.

This second goal was no less than Folkestone deserved, and in the 71st minute, they seemed to have made the game safe. Hasler's set-piece was a corner, and Davies's header was dominant and it gave Addai no chance.

Many teams would have folded their collective tents after that body blow, but Hendon, instead, hit back almost immediately. Just two minutes after Davies's second goal, the Greens put together a good move involving Gordon, Nathaniel-George and Muir - one of the few occasions, he got the better of the excellent Davies.

Muir delivered a low diagonal pass to the feet of White, who took a touch and as Tim Roberts came off his line, he slipped the ball past him into the net.

In the 76th minute, the margin was down to a single goal after a truly exceptional effort from Joseph. It was a superb piece of individual skill from Joseph, who beat three players with a neat turn and he then lobbed the ball over the advancing Roberts.

Hendon were now on top but the final ball into the box was not quite good enough. With 10 minutes to go both teams made their second change, Sam Murphy replacing Eggleton for Hendon and the injured Taylor making way for Invicta's Nathaniel Blanks.

With seven minutes to go, Folkestone showed they were still capable of creating chances. Hasler released Draycott, who passed to Yusuff, who dallied just a little and saw his drive strike the top of the crossbar. It was either a defensive touch or a great save from Addai because the referee awarded a corner, which Hendon defended with a degree of comfort.

As the game moved into four minutes of added time, Keagan Cole came on for Rian Bray, moving Tingey back into central defensive position. The game was in its last of the additional minutes when the Greens were awarded a free-kick in the centre circle.

Tingey sent the ball into the penalty area, where a red shirt headed the ball away to the "D", from where it was played to Cole on the left side. His cross was a superb teaser, and Maclaren ran hardest and fastest to meet it, planting the header beyond Roberts into the net.

There was barely time to restart the game before the final whistle went.

Report by David Ballheimer : Not to be reproduced without prior permission


This match was sponsored by Matt Shotter
The matchballs were sponsored by Matt Shotter
The match programme was sponsored by Bryan Roberts

Match Highlights


Home Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Corey Addai  
2 Jake Eggleton  
3 Liam Gordon  
4 Luke Tingey  
5 Rian Bray  
6 Arthur Lee  
7 Ashley Nathaniel-George  
8 Casey Maclaren  
9 Josh Walker  
10 Niko Muir  
11 Joe White  
12 Zak Joseph for 9 , 64
13 Harly Wise  
14 Sam Murphy for 2 , 80
15 Channing Campbell-Young  
17 Keagan Cole for 5 , 90

Folkestone Invicta

Away Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Tim Roberts  
2 Joshua Vincent  
3 Finn O'Mara  
4 Micheal Everitt  
5 Callum Davies  
6 Matthew Newman  
7 Sam Hasler  
8 Scott Heard  
9 Ian Draycott  
10 Adam Yusuff  
11 Joseph Taylor  
12 Kieron McCann for 8 , 14
13 Nicholas Shaw  
14 Ryan Cooper  
15 Nathaniel Blanks for 11 , 82