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5-1
15 January 2022 Venue Racecourse Ground Attendance Referee Tom Parsons

Kick off 17:30 (UK)

Wrexham
5 - 1
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Folkestone Invicta
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5-3-2
  • 1
    Rob Lainton
    GK
  • 2
    Reece Hall-Johnson
    DF
  • 5
    Aaron Hayden
    DF
  • 6
    Ben Tozer
    DF
  • 32
    Max Cleworth
    DF
  • 17
    Bryce Hosannah
    DF
  • 7
    Jordan Davies
    MF
  • 8
    Luke Young (C)
    MF
  • 30
    James Jones
    MF
  • 19
    Jordan Ponticelli
    FW
  • 39
    Kwame Thomas
    FW

Substitutes

  • 21
    Christian Dibble
    SUB
  • 11
    Liam McAlinden
    SUB
  • 12
    Dan Jarvis
    SUB
  • 15
    Tyler French
    SUB
  • 16
    Cameron Green
    SUB
  • 20
    Dior Angus
    SUB
  • 27
    Jake Bickerstaff
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Phil Parkinson

4-3-3
  • 1
    Tim Roberts
    GK
  • 2
    Josh Vincent
    DF
  • 3
    Kieran McCann
    DF
  • 4
    Matt Newman
    DF
  • 5
    Callum Davies (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Ryan Johnson
    MF
  • 7
    Scott Heard
    GK
  • 8
    Ronnie Dolan
    MF
  • 9
    David Smith
    FW
  • 10
    Ade Yussuf
    FW
  • 11
    Alfie Paxman
    FW

Substitutes

  • 17
    Connor Collins
    SUB
  • 12
    Ian Draycott
    SUB
  • 14
    Michael Everitt
    SUB
  • 15
    Jordan Wright
    SUB
  • 16
    Oliver Freeman
    SUB
  • 18
    Lenny Atherton
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Neil Cugley

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Match Previews

PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Folkestone Invicta

Back to FA Trophy action as we face in-form opponents

14 January 2022

Wrexham return to action with a first clash against Folkestone Invicta; a place in the last 16 of the FA Trophy is the reward.

Wrexham know the route to Wembley, of course, having won the trophy in 2013 and got to the final again to years later. Invicta, on the other hand, are already in uncharted territory having never got this far in the competition before. They've played a significant cup tie in this neck of the woods, though, as they made it to the first round of the FA Cup in 2005, where they were unlucky to lose at Chester.

Wrexham will have to do without Harry Lennon, who is suspended after the red card he picked up at Notts County, while Devonte Redmond left on loan to FA Cup heroes Kidderminster Harriers on Friday.

Phil Parkinson has already declared that Paul Mullin will be rested, giving him a full three weeks to try to shake off the hamstring issue which he has been bravely playing through. A number of players played in a friendly behind closed doors against Burton Albion in the week to get back into the swing of things following the disruption of the last month.

Invicta, meanwhile, are enjoying a superb season,and currently stand in second place in the Isthmian Premier Division. However, COVID has intervened in the build-up to the game, forcing them to postpone last weekend's match against Horsham. Manager Neil Cugley is relishing bringing his in-form side to The Racecourse:

 It’s a great ground to go to. Once we get there we’ll be well up for it. I can’t wait.

Cugley's side are prolific scorers, and the manager has challenged strikers David Smith and Ade Yusuff (no, not that one!) to each score 25 goals this season, and they're both closing in on 20 already. With 5 wins and 2 defeats in their last 9 matches, they've hit form at a key point of the season,and are the third highest scorers of the Isthmian Premier Division.

Certainly Cugley, who has been at the helm for Invicta for 24 years, has seen it all. But he's confident his side will have a good go at pulling off their greatest victory at The Racecourse and enter uncharted territory.

POTENTIAL MILESTONES

If Wrexham win, it will be:

the first time we've won consecutive cup ties since 2018 (Harrogate and Weston Super Mare in the FA Cup).

the first time we've won three conscutive home cup ties since 2014-15 (Maidstone (FA Cup), Southport and Stockport (FA Trophy)).

If Folkestone win it will be:

the first time they have reached the 5th round of the FA Trophy.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham 5-1 Folkestone Invicta

Five-star Wrexham enter the final 16 of the FA Trophy

15 January 2022

Two goals from Jordan Ponticelli helped Wrexham run riot at the Racecourse as they made it into the fifth round of the Buildbase FA Trophy after beating a hardworking Folkestone Invicta side.

Phil Parkinson’s side turned in an excellent second-half display to ensure his side made it through against an in-form Folkstone side.

A brace from Jordan Ponticelli six minutes either side of halftime put the Red Dragons two goals to the good before a second-half header from Jordan Davies made it 3-0.

Folkestone got themselves back into the tie moments after Wrexham’s third, as a composed finish by Ade Yussuff reduced the deficit to two.

However, two quickfire goals from Bryce Hosannah and Kwame Thomas put the game well out of sight for the visitors in a well-contested encounter.

Phil Parkinson made two changes to the side that came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat to Notts County, with Max Cleworth replacing the suspended Harry Lennon.

Kwame Thomas made his first start of the season coming in for the injured Paul Mullin, who's still suffering from an extended hamstring problem.

Jordan Davies nearly opened the scoring twelve minutes into the contest, as he latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the area, but he couldn’t guide it into the top corner.

The visitors should have broken the deadlock 25 minutes into the first half as a floated-through ball was met by Kieran McCann, but he lifted his effort over Rob Lainton and onto the crossbar.

Wrexham opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark; a strong Kwame Thomas header was well saved by Roberts onto the bar and Jordan Ponticelli tapped it in on the goal line.

The game broke into life five minutes before the break, with both sides calling for penalties in the space of two minutes, but referee Tom Parsons remained unmoved.

Folkestone had the first shout, with Kieran McCann, tripped by Aaron Hayden, but Parsons deemed he went down too easily.

The second fell to Jordan Davies, as he was brought down by Josh Vincent on the left-hand side of the penalty spot, but once again Parsons dismissed the shouts.

On the 51st minute, Ponticelli did double his tally, a surging cross on the right-hand side found him bursting into the six-yard box and he cooly slotted home past Roberts.

Jordan Davies made it three, heading home well at the back post from an in-swinging Luke Young corner.

Shortly after Folkestone got the goal, they deserved with Yussuff rifling his effort past Rob Lainton and into the bottom corner.

Wrexham managed to put the game out of sight scoring two goals in three minutes as two excellent goals from Bryce Hosannah and Kwame Thomas made it five.

Tonight’s victory sends us into the fifth round proper with the draw to be held on Monday.

Wrexham (5-3-2): Lainton (GK), Hall-Johnson, Cleworth, Tozer, Hayden, Hosannah, Young ©(Jarvis 86’), Davies (McAlinden 82’), J.Jones, Ponticelli, Thomas (Angus 80’)

Subs not used: Dibble, Green, French, Bickerstaff

Folkestone Invicta (4-3-3): Roberts (GK), Vincent, Paxman, Newman, Davies ©, Johnson (Draycott 60’), Heard, Dolan, Smith (Freeman 88’), Yussuff, McCann (Wright 15’)

Subs not used: Collins, Everitt, Atherton.

Bookings: Davies 39’ and Yussuff 60’

Man of the Match: Bryce Hosannah

 

 

 

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