Enfield Town dropped to seventh in the Isthmian League Premier Division after a 3-1 home loss to second-placed Folkestone Invicta on Saturday.

Ira Jackson and Scott Heard had the visitors in control at the break before Muhammadu Faal pulled one back 11 minutes into the second half.

However, Heard completed his brace in stoppage time to seal the win for Folkestone and help them keep pace with Horsham at the top of the table.

Faal had the first big chance of the game for Enfield after just five minutes when he got on the end of Bobson Bawling’s cut-back, but his effort was miraculously blocked before the visitors scrambled it to safety.

Instead, it was Invicta that took the lead with 25 minutes on the clock. A lapse in concentration allowed Jackson to drive into the box at pace and he crashed an effort past Nathan McDonald at the near post.

Town had barely had time to recover from that setback when they were hit again six minutes later. Alfie Paxman’s delivery from the wing floated all the way over McDonald and Heard was waiting at the back post to nod home and double the visitors’ advantage.

Both sides had chances towards the end of the half, but any momentum that Town had was killed by an injury to Ryan Blackman from a heavy Paxman tackle.

For the second half, though, Enfield came out flying and they were back in it by the 56th minute.

Billy Bricknell controlled a long ball forward and held off two defenders before laying the ball to Ken Charles. He then fed the ball through for Faal who fired into the top corner.

The hosts fashioned out a similar opportunity just minutes later as they hunted for an equaliser. This time it was Faal who set up Bricknell, but the latter’s dinked effort was saved by Henry Newcombe.

The visiting keeper had to be alert again shortly after as Enfield took a quick free-kick, but he got his fingertips to Bawling’s effort and tipped it onto the post.

Town continued to pile on the pressure to get what they felt would have been a deserved point out of the game, but they were punished for sending too many players forward as Folkestone hit them on the break and secured the win late on, Heard tapping home after Jackson was denied by Scott Thomas' goal-line clearance.

Town are next in action on Wednesday night when they visit Kingstonian in the league before hosting Maldon & Tiptree in the FA Trophy on Saturday.