Sun 19
Folkestone Invicta Youth U16
A Mantle (6'), J Lartice (33')
Three out of Three for U16s KYL side against Folkestone

Three out of Three for U16s KYL side against Folkestone

By Joel Derby
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A trio of victories against the Seasiders culminated in a two nil win at Three Hills with goals from Mantle and Lartice as well as a magnificent penalty save from Allom.

Arriving only in time for the second half kick off, the first half action has been crowd sourced!

The U16s took up a commanding position in the game when centre back Alfie Mantle rose highest to head home a corner in the sixth minute whilst winger Jamie Lartice dispatched a fine finish in the 33rd minute with a cool strike to put the visitors two goals to the good by half time.

And although Whitstable hadn’t managed to settle into a flowing passing rhythm in the first 40 minutes, Folkestone hadn’t been much of a threat and the U16s looked in control.

Half time 0-2

Mantle was replaced at half time by Ollie Bunn, Leo Cornhill came on at right back for Ioannis Gayle and Callum Groom came on for Will Knoupe who had taken a knock.

Groom was straight into the action conjuring up a shot after five minutes that was blocked while Harrison Wade and Bunn did their usual solid job at the back.

But Folkestone were determined to get back into the game and had a chance a couple of minutes later. They were denied when keeper Stan Allom sensed the danger and came out quickly to smother the ball with an excellent block.

Winger Sonny Hemmings then got a shot away as he cut in from the left wing while Lartice and striker Jake Salisbury were enjoying themselves down the opposite wing as they toyed with the Folkestone defenders. Hemmings then combined well with captain Archie Rumball and earnt a free kick on the edge of the box. Rumball won a resulting corner from it which Cornhill sent in but Lartice’s overhead kick that met it went sailing wide.

Folkestone were beginning to get more joy on the attack though and Rumball had to make a tackle to clear Whitstable lines.

At the other end, midfielders Alfie Hill and Will Derby were working hard and connecting up play with Hemmings, Lartice and Salisbury who looked dangerous every time they had the ball at their feet. Many attacks resulted in the Folkestone back line being happy simply to kick the ball out of play such was the pressure they were under.

Folkestone thought they had found a way back into the game though when the referee gave them a dubious penalty just after the hour mark which left players and coaches from both sides looking perplexed. Fortunately justice was done when Allom pulled off a magnificent save from the resulting spot kick pushing the ball wide to his right.

This spurred Whitstable on and soon they thought they had scored a third. Lartice and Salisbury combined excellently earning another in a series of corners. Cornhill delivered it to his usual high standard and it was met by Hill with a great leaping header but he was denied by the Folkestone keeper’s strong hand tipping it wide. Hill had another bite at the cherry from the ensuing corner, as did Derby, but a combination of the home side’s keeper and defenders kept the ball out somehow.

Hemmings and Groom were both putting in a shift and after they combined with Derby down the left, Hemmings thought he had made it three nil but the Seasiders keeper made another excellent save from his crisp shot.

With just over 10 minutes to go, Mantle returned to the pitch in central midfield replacing Derby.

Folkestone were still trying to get that elusive goal and broke down the right but nothing came of the cross. Soon afterwards, Lartice demonstrated his versatility with a great tackle as the home side were about to take a shot.

But Whitstable kept on the front foot with Rumball showing great vision changing the direction of the play from right to left pinging a perfect pass to Lartice. The winger shrugged off one player and then tricked his way past another but his final shot took a deflection and drifted out of play.

With only a couple of minutes left on the clock Salisbury worked himself into a great position out of nothing and hit a lovely shot. It evaded the Folkestone keeper but whistled over the bar and away.

The final whistle came moments later and marked three wins out of three for the U16s against Folkestone this season after winning the home tie by the same scoreline and beating them 2-1 in the cup at Three Hills.

The U16s now sit third in the table and will next face Chatham, who sit above them in second, in an away league game.

Full time 0-2

Rumball (c)


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Sun 19, Feb 2023



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