Cugley's triple change inspires Folkestone to victory
Folkestone Invicta 3-2 Banbury United
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
Saturday 31 January 2004
by Richard Murrill
goals in the final 25 minutes completed a dramatic turnaround as Folkestone
Invicta came back from 2-0 down at half time to beat Banbury United amidst wet
and blustery conditions at the Westbourne Stadium.
rain and wind were always likely to be a key factor in the only non-league game
in Kent and the only Dr Martens League Eastern Division fixture to survive the
weather on Saturday.
so it proved as this was the proverbial game of two halves as all five goals
were scored at the ‘town/cricket end’ of the ground.
long unbeaten run in the Eastern Division looked like being blown away as
Banbury took control with two first half goals.
a bold triple substitution on the hour mark was the catalyst for the Invicta
revival as the home side laid siege on the Banbury goal.
John Ayling once again proved to be the decisive factor as he won the Anthony
Hogg penalty which eventually brought Invicta level at 2-2 and then grabbed the
winner thanks to an error from goalkeeper Simon Tricker.
half Adam Flanagan had thrown Invicta a lifeline when he pulled a goal back to
make it 2-1 in the 67th minute.
welcomed top goalscorer Allan Tait back into the starting line after his recent
absence with a hamstring injury and striking partner James Dryden also passed a
fitness test on his injured ankle.
little was to go right for the home side during the first half.
Fuller’s right wing cross just eluded George Redknap in the middle for the
visitors as early as the third minute, while at the other end a dangerous Dryden
cross from the left whipped across the Banbury goal after six minutes.
Paul Lamb shot from just outside the penalty area was saved by Tricker’s feet
after 13 minutes, the first of three such saves by the Banbury goalkeeper during
the visitors opened the scoring after 20 minutes when top goalscorer REDKNAP
slotted home a well-taken goal on the turn after Fuller had played the ball in
to him from the right hand side.
Potter surged through the middle and hit a low shot at Kessell after 24 minutes
and Mark Simms then shot high and wide when he created space for himself.
conditions came to Invicta’s rescue on the half hour mark when the ball got
stuck in the mud as it was played out to the unmarked Redknap on the right and
Hogg was able to clear.
it was 2-0 after 32 minutes when SIMMS was there to follow up after Kessell had
saved from Potter when Justin Lee played the ball through.
needs called for desperate measures on the hour mark as Ayling, Peter Overton
and Micheal Everitt replaced Tim Hambley, Mark Munday and Martin Chandler.
all-important first goal came when a throw in from the right was headed back out
to FLANAGAN on the edge of the box and he fired home his seventh goal of the
was still plenty of time for Invicta to save the day and Tricker saved with his
feet again to deny Hogg after 70 minutes when Lamb’s ball in from the left was
headed back out to the edge of the box.
then skipped past his man inside the penalty area and was brought down by Fuller
to give Invicta a penalty. Tricker got across to save HOGG’s spot kick, but
the midfielder made it 2-2 from the rebound after 73 minutes.
was close at the far post after 76 minutes which led to a goalmouth melee as
Invicta went in search of a winner.
it was AYLING who won the game after 79 minutes when his shot from the edge of
the area squirmed through goalkeeper Tricker.
reacted well to deny Tait when Ayling threaded the ball through a minute later
and the Banbury goalkeeper produced yet another save with his feet to deny
Dryden after another telling touch from Ayling.
was then played through the middle, but Tricker was to come to Banbury’s
rescue again to concede another corner.
Jason Allen became the game’s only booking when he was cautioned for dissent
after 90 minutes
INVICTA: Kessell, Chandler (Everitt 60 mins), Lamb, Flanagan, Guest,
Lindsey, Hambley (Ayling 60 mins), Munday (Overton 60 mins), Dryden, Tait, Hogg. Unused subs: Blackman, Egan.
UNITED: Tricker, Fuller, Robinson, Sullivan (Stidder 87 mins), Allen,
Eldridge, Stanbridge (O’Neill 83 mins), Lee, Simms (Jackson 73 mins), Redknap,
Potter. Unused sub: Brock.
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