Folkestone stretch unbeaten run to fifteen games
Folkestone Invicta 2-1 Burgess Hill Town
Saturday 7 February 2004
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
by Richard Murrill
Folkestone Invicta stretched their unbeaten Eastern Division run to 15 matches as they took all three points thanks to a 68th minute winner from centre half John Guest in a hard-fought match at the Westbourne Stadium on Saturday afternoon against a Burgess Hill side who finished the match with nine men.
winner came when he rifled a low shot into the corner of the net after the ball
had fallen to him in the box.
had again had to do things the hard way in a physical game on a heavy pitch.
visitors had opened the scoring after 28 minutes when Steve HARPER found the net
from the penalty spot following a foul by Scott Lindsey on Ashley Carr down the
right hand side when Nick Sullivan played the ball in.
were level in the 42nd minute when Anthony HOGG slid the ball past
goalkeeper Paul Stark when put through by James Dryden.
visitors lost their heads in the closing minutes as first Nick Bridle and then
captain Ben Andrews, both former professionals at Brighton & Hove Albion,
were sent off for rash challenges by the touchline near the dressing rooms.
received a second yellow card in the 90th minute for a foul on Paul
Lamb, having earlier been booked for an equally bad foul on Hogg after 16
then centre half Andrews was shown a straight red card for a crude stamp on
captain Lindsey and Burgess Hill’s Julian Curnow and Des Guile had earlier
been booked for dissent by referee Ralph Bone from Orpington, who had run the
line in Manchester City’s extraordinary midweek F. A. Cup comeback win at
visitors had started well and had gone close to scoring in the first minute when
Sullivan shot against the crossbar after just 48 seconds.
was a lively opening to the game as Sullivan charged down goalkeeper Tony
Kessell’s attempted clearance in the second minute and Hogg’s low shot
flashed just wide of the post at the other end after three minutes.
Overton shot wide after 13 minutes when showed strength to create an opening
when Lamb’s cross from the left came back out to him.
Dryden shot was saved by goalkeeper Stark after 35 minutes as Invicta attempted
to get back into the game after Harper’s opener.
the visitors had further chances either side of the Invicta equaliser as
Sullivan’s shot on the turn flashed just wide across goal after 40 minutes and
Harper shot wide with a good chance during first half stoppage time after
Sullivan had done well to get the ball over to him at the far post from the
right hand side.
got clear again after 65 minutes and had two shots at Kessell, two minutes
before guest put Invicta ahead.
didn’t make the most of his chance when he cut in after 72 minutes after
Andrews had run forward from defence.
Sullivan headed away from the goal with another good chance after 78 minutes.
INVICTA: Kessell, Everitt, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey (Ayling 63 mins),
Hambley, Overton (Chandler 84 mins), Dryden, Tait, Hogg.
Unused subs: Watkins, Dyson, Holdway.
HILL TOWN: Stark, Sullivan, Guile, Curnow, Andrews, Downey, Harper, Price, Smith
(Kilpatrick 81 mins), Carr (Shadough 58 mins), Bridle.
Unused subs: Dallaway, Lucey, Gannon.