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Harlow Town
Folkestone Invicta
I Sonko (53'), D Hughes (66' Sent Off), Unknown (47' OG, 59' OG)
Full time
Unknown (24', 92')
Sat 16 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 150

10 man Hawks see off Folkestone

Harlow Town took another important step towards moving up the table with a well-deserved win against high-flying Folkestone Invicta.

The visitors took the lead when Adam Yusuff finished from close range, before Junior Dadson’s cross forced the first of two own goals. Ibrahima Sonko then hit home a trademark header just before the break to send the Hawks into the lead.

Harlow added a third when a deflection off Matthew Newman flew into his own net. The game could have turned when David Hughes was shown a straight red card with a third of the game to play, but despite the visitors adding a second in added time, the Hawks held on for another vital three points.

Folkestone started brightly and had an early penalty shout within just two minutes when a shot struck Ibrahima Sonko’s arm in the area, but the ball was hit powerfully from up close and the referee waved away the appeal.

Harlow were creating chances of their own, and when Toby Ajala was played in by Alex Read he just dragged the effort wide of the post.

After a lengthy stoppage brought about by an injury to one of the referee’s assistants, Alex Read then saw his own shot saved from a tight angle by Invicta stopper Tim Roberts.

The visitors went ahead when they struck on the counter-attack on 24 minutes. Adam Yusuff turned home Johan Tor Horst’s centre from close range against the run of play.

The Hawks were applying the pressure and creating chances, and Toby Ajala put another shot just wide before another effort was blocked by Matthew Newman inside the area.

Alex Read was also making a nuisance of himself, also seeing a powerful volley blocked by Newman when it was heading towards goal.

Two goals just before half-time sent the Hawks into the break ahead. Junior Dadson broke down the left, and when he sent a low cross into the box Invicta captain Callum Davies turned the ball into his own net.

Ibrahima Sonko then headed home a Tommie Fagg corner from underneath the crossbar, beating the goalkeeper to the ball to nod in and take the lead for the Hawks.

It could have been three when, with the final action of the half, Alex Read chipped over the defence, but Junior Dadson smashed the volley into the side netting.

HT: Harlow Town 2-1 Folkestone Invicta

Folkestone were first to try their luck in the second period, and when Adam Yusuff’s set off on a mazy run, he couldn’t finish it off as his shot was well saved by David Hughes.

Harlow looked to have sewn up the game when they made it three on 59 minutes, and it came from a second own goal. James Baker headed a corner down into the six yard box, and it hit Matthew Newman, wrong-footed the goalkeeper who was moving the other way and went into the back of the net.

The Hawks were looking comfortable, but they were reduced to ten men on 66 minutes. Goalkeeper David Hughes came a long way out of his goal to clear a through-ball, and in a flurry of feet the referee decided that he took man before ball and brandished the red card.

The opportunity was there for a comeback, but the visitors failed to make use of their advantage. Kieron McCann sent a decent shot goalwards from the edge of the area, but substitute goalkeeper Samuel Szymczyk got behind it to save.

The visitors pulled a goal back in the second minute of added time to set up a nervy finish when Johan Ter Horst broke through and slid home. It was too little, too late as Harlow inflicted a fourth straight league defeat on Invicta and sealed another important win.

FT: Harlow Town 3-2 Folkestone Invicta

The Hawks move up a place in the league table with the win, and now sit in 21st position with 21 points from 21 games.

Next up, Harlow travel to Staines Town on Tuesday 19th December. Kick off is at 7:45pm.

Toby Ajala

Player of the Match

Toby Ajala

Key moments

Goal Goal for Folkestone Invicta
45:00 +2:00
Own Goal Own goal conceded by Folkestone Invicta
45:00 +8:00
Goal Ibrahima Sonko scores for Harlow Town
Own Goal Own goal conceded by Folkestone Invicta
Red Card David Hughes is sent off for Harlow Town
90:00 +2:00
Goal Goal for Folkestone Invicta


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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Toby Ajala is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
90:00 +3:00 Sub Off
Toby Ajala is substituted off for Harlow Town
90:00 +3:00 Sub On
Bamba Ngamb is substituted on for Harlow Town
90:00 +2:00 Goal 3 - 2
Goal for Folkestone Invicta
83:00 Sub On
Nigel Neita is substituted on for Harlow Town
83:00 Sub Off
Junior Dadson is substituted off for Harlow Town
67:00 Sub Off
Tommie Fagg is substituted off for Harlow Town
67:00 Sub On
Samuel Szymczyk is substituted on for Harlow Town
66:00 Red Card 3 - 1
David Hughes is sent off for Harlow Town
59:00 Assist
James Baker makes an assist for Harlow Town
59:00 Own Goal 3 - 1
Own goal conceded by Folkestone Invicta
End of period 1
45:00 +8:00 Goal 2 - 1
Ibrahima Sonko scores for Harlow Town
45:00 +8:00 Assist
Tommie Fagg makes an assist for Harlow Town
45:00 +2:00 Own Goal 1 - 1
Own goal conceded by Folkestone Invicta
45:00 +2:00 Assist
Junior Dadson makes an assist for Harlow Town
24:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Folkestone Invicta
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Harlow Town
  • Folkestone Invicta
  • 0
  • Goal 24:00'
  • Junior Dadson Assist 45:00 +2:00'
  • Own Goal 45:00 +2:00'
  • Ibrahima Sonko Goal 45:00 +8:00'
  • Tommie Fagg Assist 45:00 +8:00'
  • Own Goal 59:00'
  • James Baker Assist 59:00'
  • David Hughes Red Card 66:00'
  • Tommie Fagg Sub Off 67:00'
  • Samuel Szymczyk Sub On 67:00'
  • Junior Dadson Sub Off 83:00'
  • Nigel Neita Sub On 83:00'
  • Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Toby Ajala Sub Off 90:00 +3:00'
  • Bamba Ngamb Sub On 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Hughes, David Hughes, David
Small, Jared Small, Jared
Siva, Jey Siva, Jey
Baker, James Baker, James
Sonko, Ibrahima Sonko, Ibrahima
Ajala, Toby Ajala, Toby
Dadson, Junior Dadson, Junior
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Gordon, Syrus Gordon, Syrus
Fagg, Tommie Fagg, Tommie
Read, Alex Read, Alex

League round up

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Dorking Wanderers
Needham Market
Tooting & Mitcham United


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47
22. Lowestoft Town 46 43
23. Burgess Hill Town 46 36
24. Tooting & Mitcham United 46 36

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