The football season seems to come a little earlier every year, or so it seems.
Locally Invicta kicked off their pre-season with a game against local rivals Hythe Town. This ought to be a dilemma for me as I live in Hythe, actually less than a mile from Town's ground at Reachfields. However, I have never been.
When I moved here from Bedfordshire in 1999 my first taste of local non-league football was at Folkestone Invicta as one of the director's at Claire's work was also a director of the football club and we went as her company was sponsoring a game. And I have been going ever since. Albeit only a couple of games a yar.
Yesterday was far too hot for running about in the sun, but perfect for sitting under cover in the main stand. A tea to start with and a bottle of water when it got too hot.
In the end Invicta ran out 4-1 winners with Hythe scoring their consolation in the 90th (and final) minute.
There are another six of so pre-season games to play before the league kicks off in August.
|Invicta in amber and black|
The next game for me might well be the other local derby at home to Dover Athletic. Dover are a couple of rungs up the pyramid and currently play in the 5th tier. Just one below the Football League.
As a senior citizen nowadays one of the perks is a reduced price ticket and so I bought a season ticket. Good value at £110 for an entire season.