Two more goals from Stuart King gave Folkestone Invicta victory in Tuesday night’s F. A. Cup (with Budweiser) Preliminary Round replay away to Whyteleafe at Church Road.
Invicta now play at home to Whitehawk in the First Qualifying Round on Saturday September 17th.
King, who missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw with a hamstring injury, hit the winner in the 79th minute after earlier having put Invicta ahead during the first half.
Jay Garrick soon equalised for the home side in a keenly fought tie that had survived the rain that had fallen throughout the afternoon.
Former Herne Bay and Whitstable town striker King has now scored six goals in five and a bit matches for Invicta and again showed just how important he is to this Folkestone side.
The striker, who had also scored twice when Invicta won 2-1 away to Whyteleafe in the league on Saturday August 27th, does however soon require an operation on his arm that will keep him out for a month.
The late inclusion of King was the big Invicta team news after Richard Atkins had broken his collarbone in Saturday’s tie, with Josh Burchell also coming in for Liam Dickson (work commitments).
Whyteleafe themselves had to make a big change as youngster Ricky Borrett came in for goalkeeper Paul Smith, who had excelled in the previous meetings between the sides on the last two Saturdays.
King set up a chance for himself in a central position in the tenth minute but centre half Dan Aldous blocked his shot and a Darren Smith shot flashed past the far post from the left hand side of the penalty area after a Ryan Moreby ball four minutes later.
A 17th minute King shot was then charged down by Fred Fleming after a Roland Edge ball from the left to Smith on the right.
At the other end, Garrick blasted wide when the ball fell to him on the right hand side and Kwabena Ageyi shot high and wide after Liam Friend had blocked a Garrick shot.
But it was Invicta who opened the scoring in the 29th minute thanks to a clinical finish from KING on the right hand side of the penalty area after an exchange of passes with Smith.
The lead, though, did not last for long as GARRICK made it 1-1 in the 32nd minute when he hit a low shot into the net after Invicta goalkeeper Jack Delo had saved his initial shot.
Striker Garrick, who had opened the scoring on Saturday, had worked an opening for himself when Scott Simpson played the ball back in from the left hand side and striker Fabian Batchelor nodded it on after Ageyi had played a dangerous ball across the Invicta goalmouth from the right.
Simpson then fired wide when the ball fell to him behind the Invicta defence on the left hand side in the 34th minute and Delo saved from Garrick in the 41st minute when the striker set up the chance for himself after receiving the ball from Simpson on the left.
Simpson fired over in the 49th minute when Garrick played the ball into a crowded Invicta penalty area from the right hand side.
Ageyi then hit a well-struck shot over the crossbar on the hour mark after a crossfield ball from left to right.
King took the ball on himself in the 75th minute and blasted wide when James Everitt wanted a pass to the right after Smith had played the ball out of defence.
And it was KING who got what proved to be the winner when he pounced from close range after home goalkeeper Borrett could only push up a deflected Edge shot in a move also involving substitute Luke Blewden and King down the left hand side of the penalty area.
Borrett then held a low 81st minute Edge shot at the second attempt.
Whyteleafe made a double substitution as they looked to retrieve the situation as captain Fleming joined the attack, while Edge dropped to left back for the visitors after Invicta lost Burchell to a recurrence of his ankle injury.
Borrett palmed away shots from both James Everitt and Smith in the 89th minute.
And Invicta substitute Andrew Miller shot wide across goal from the left hand side of the penalty area in the 90th minute after a one-two with Smith following a great King ball in from the right.
Borrett then touched a Smith shot over the crossbar deep into stoppage time.
There were second half bookings for Whyteleafe’s Jerome Ingram and Ageyi.
Invicta and Whyteleafe have now met ten times over the past seven seasons and no more than one goal has separated them on any of those occasions.
WHYTELEAFE: Borrett, Huell, Brockhurst, Fleming, Aldous, Batchelor (Laud-Anderson 83 mins), Ingram, Brown, Garrick (Clare 83 mins), Agyei, Simpson (Thjomas 60 ins). Unused subs: Marks, Henry-Brown.
FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Delo, Vincent, Burchell (Miller 86 mins), Friend, Chappell, Edge, Smith, J. Everitt, King, Moreby (Blewden 62 mins), M. Everitt. Unused subs: Jackson, Guiver, Hayward.