Folkestone go into final on back of eight games without win
Invicta boss Cugley disappointed after seven goal thriller
Banbury United 4-3 Folkestone Invicta
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
Saturday 24 April 2004
by Richard Murrill and Stephen McCartney
An injury time winner from substitute Mark Simms condemned Folkestone Invicta to defeat as they lost by the odd goal in seven in their last away match of the season at Banbury on Saturday afternoon.
defeat means that Invicta go into their Kent Senior Cup Final at home to Margate
on the back of a run of eight matches without a win.
Speaking to Stephen McCartney on Sunday, Folkestone manager Neil Cugley was very disappointed with the defeat.
He said: "I am very disappointed, our defensive play was appalling and didn't help us. Although we scored three goals we should have had more. We also had five one on one's with the goalkeeper and all went wide - it wasn't good enough!
are on a bad run at the moment, and we wanted to put it to bed as quickly as
possible, so we were really disappointed."
Banbury, Simms’ late winner was crucial in maintaining the Puritans’ own
promotion hopes at a sunny Spencer Stadium.
went into the game with their small squad again stretched to the limit as John
Walker came into the starting line up in place of Drew Watkins who is now out
for the remaining few games of the season after sustaining an injury during the
midweek defeat at Eastleigh.
the visitors got off to the best possible start as striker James DRYDEN opened
the scoring after just two minutes when he let fly from 20 yards for his 22nd
goal of the season.
Banbury were level on the quarter of an hour mark when Wayne BLOSSOM capitalised
on an error from goalkeeper Tony Kessell to hook the ball home following a
corner from the right hand side.
responded well and went close through Anthony Hogg, John Guest and Dryden, who
shot just wide when put through by Micheal Everitt after 34 minutes.
the home side went 2-1 up after 41 minutes when Blossom combined with top
goalscorer George REDKNAP to allow the latter to take advantage of some
uncertain Invicta defending.
visitors replaced captain Scott Lindsey and midfielder Martin Chandler with
strikers John Ayling and Lee Blackman at half time.
Invicta were level after 52 minutes when Mark MUNDAY was credited with his
second goal in consecutive matches in a goalmouth melee following a corner,
though some say that substitute Ayling got the final touch.
went 3-2 up when Ady FULLER beat Kessell from the penalty spot after 57 minutes
following a handball by centre half Adam Flanagan when Ollie Stanbridge hit an
overhead kick towards goal.
had an effort cleared off the line by midfielder Stanbridge before AYLING made
it 3-3 after 63 minutes when he beat goalkeeper Simon Tricker with a low strike
into the bottom left hand corner.
made another good late save to deny Ayling and fellow substitute Blackman also
had a chance to snatch it for Invicta after 86 minutes,
there was to be a final twist with SIMMS’ late winner as he latched onto David
Billington’s free kick to fire home in off the post and set up a tense final
day of the season for Banbury who could still pip Stamford for an automatic
promotion place or at least need a point to secure their place in the play offs.
Kessell, Everitt, Lamb, Guest, Flanagan, Lindsey (Blackman 45 mins), Chandler (Ayling
45 mins), Munday, Dryden, Walker, Hogg. Unused
subs: Dyson, Egan.