The October Betting.net Performance of the Month Awards for the Bostik League have been announced, with Folkestone Invicta taking the honours in the Premier Division.
The Seasiders travelled to Victory Road on October 21st to face a Leiston side who were unbeaten on their own patch and had lost only once all season however, after 90 minutes, Folkestone emerged 5-1 winners in Suffolk.
Scott Heard got the ball rolling in just the eighth minute of the match, as he managed to get something on a cross from the left and the ball eventually went in off the unfortunate Leiston defender Tom Bullard.
Using the strong wind to their advantage, the visitors were 2-0 up on 17 minutes as Ian Draycott took advantage of a poor back pass from Chris Henderson to round Blues keeper Marcus Garnham and coolly slotted the ball into an empty net.
The game was virtually over as a contest nine minutes later, when Sam Hasler smashed home a stunning free kick from the edge of the area, giving the keeper no chance whatsoever.
There was still time for Invicta to add another before the break, when Adam Yusuff converted a penalty leaving the home fans stunned.
Matt Blake pulled one back for the hosts just after the hour mark, but the four-goal cushion was restored when Yusuff netted from the spot once again on 73 minutes after a handball decision.
The Kent side easily saw out the remainder of the game to record a famous victory while it was back to the drawing board for Leiston.
Mildenhall Town were awarded the gong in the North Division after a superb 1-0 away win over Kings Lynn Town in the FA Trophy First Qualifying Round.
The Linnets sat second in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier and were behind leaders Slough Town only on goal difference. But, Mildenhall cared nothing for reputations as they advanced to the next round with a hard-fought triumph.
Dan Brown notched the only goal of the game on 54 minutes, in what was a poor performance by Kings Lynn. Kings Lynn’s manager Ian Culverhouse, pulled no punches when assessing his side’s display.
The former Norwich City defender admitted that Mildenhall counterpart Dean Greygoose had “done a number” on him by ensuring that his side “treated it like their cup final” and felt they were worthy winners on the day.
The South Division award was handed to Lewes, who had two notable performances in the mix.
They thrashed Herne Bay 8-1 at the Dripping Pan, but it was for their 4-1 success over Evo-Stik Southern Premier side, Dunstable Town, that they scooped the prize.
Skipper Lloyd Cotton opened the scoring in just the 12th minute of the match at Creasey Park. It was one-way traffic as Charlie Coppola bagged a quick-fire brace on 23 and 30 minutes to all but end the tie as a contest.
If there was any doubt about which side would progress, then Jamie Brotherton’s goal on the stroke of half time to make it 4-0 settled that argument.
The Blues made three substitutions at the break to try and instil some life into their display however, Tony McCool’s decision backfired as he then lost two players to injury and was forced to see out the last half hour of the contest with nine men.
The Rooks clearly took their feet off the gas, allowing their depleted opponents to score a consolation goal through Aaron Hudson. But the damage had been done in the first 45 minutes, in an outstanding performance from Darren Freeman’s men.
Written by Feargal Brennan
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