Kingstonian endured a third successive league defeat on Saturday, a 2-0 result at Folkestone Invicta the latest reverse in a season that is in danger of unravelling.

In heavy wind and rain on the Kent coast, K’s looked all at sea defensively. Andrew Musungu, back from a long loan spell at Farnborough, made a shaky return. In the 11th minute, he failed to connect cleanly with a clearance which allowed Johan Ter Horst possession in the box. Aaron Lamont tried to rescue the situation but only managed to make a clumsy challenge from the wrong side. Folkestone’s Ian Draycott converted well from the spot.

Ter Horst made it two before the break after being left alone at the backpost to slot home a cross and, in truth, K’s never looked like launching a second-half resistance in front of 534 fans at Cheriton Road, a location with some resonance for those in red and white. Twenty years ago, on an equally wet day in 1999, Luke Basford scored a fine goal on the same ground to send K's into the third round of the FA Trophy.

With star loan signings either injured or recalled, manager Leigh Dynan has brought back Jeremy Amoo, a rarely effective winger, from Leatherhead, while youngster Nathan Minhas has arrived on loan from Billiericay Town, along with Dan Darbyshire from Dartford, all of whom struggled to get into the game.

Louie Theophanous toiled gamely on his own but was offered little support from those around him. His industry created a couple of openings but his team managed only one shot on target all game.

The line-up also suffered from the absence of Rhys Murrell-Williamson. The talented winger left for Alan Dowson’s Woking last week but had a torrid debut at Kingfield which ended with his withdrawal at half-time.

K’s have dropped to 9th place ahead of a key game at home to Worthing next Saturday.