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|Richard Murrill reports from New Lodge|
Debutant Coleman, 16, almost scores on first team debut
even as defences emerged on top as Folkestone Invicta came away from Billericay
with a point following a goalless draw amid glorious sunshine on Saturday
been beaten on all four previous visits to New Lodge to meet Billericay’s
tenants Chelmsford City and will have been more pleased with the result than
their hosts as Neil Cugley’s side again proved hard to beat whilst lacking
that elusive cutting edge to take all three points.
Tony Kessell made two very good saves to keep his side level during the first
half, whilst 16-year-old Luke Coleman nearly made a move for himself with a last
ditch injury time chance on his first senior outing.
the game’s first real save when he got down to keep out striker Chris
Stowe’s header after just five minutes when the ball was played across from
the left hand byline.
tipped over Billericay captain Jamie Dormer’s shot for the game’s first
corner when Gavin Heeroo played the ball back after 12 minutes.
goalkeeper Kessell then did extremely well to take the ball off Neil Cousins’
feet as the Billericay man looked to have gone round him when Heeroo played a
low ball through and the linesman’s flag for once stayed down.
hadn’t really threatened Billericay’s debutant goalkeeper Paul Gothard, a
former England non-league international, and Ian Pulman could only shoot wide
across goal when Drew Watkins played the ball in down the right hand side during
first half stoppage time.
continued to hold their own after the interval and the pacy Simon Glover became
an increasing threat just behind the front two.
centre half Robin Trott let fly from 35 yards with a shot that sailed just over
the crossbar after 72 minutes.
Big Trott then
got forward to head substitute Ludovic Quiston’s inviting left wing cross
across goal after 84 minutes.
member of Invicta’s successful under 16 side last season, replaced Pulman for
his senior debut after 87 minutes and could have grabbed the headlines when he
went round goalkeeper Gothard after being put through by fellow substitute John
Walker but couldn’t find the net after being forced too wide with virtually
the last kick of the match.
fellow centre half Adam Flanagan had again looked solid for an Invicta defence
which has conceded the least amount of goals in the Ryman Premier League so far
this season, along with leaders Yeading who have played a game less.
Invicta entertain Kent rivals Tonbridge
Angels at Westbourne Stadium on Tuesday night - a game being covered by www.kentishfootball.co.uk
TOWN: Gothard, McSweeney, Henty, Sappleton, Trott, Dormer, Heeroo, Hunter, Stowe
(Wareham 61 mins), Hockton, Cousins (Quiston 76 mins).
Unused subs: Jones, Kerrigan, Fergus.
INVICTA: Kessell, Watkins, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Everitt, Chandler (Walker 81
mins), Munday, Dryden, Pulman (Coleman 87 mins), Glover. Unused subs: Lindsey,
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