Chandler keeps friends at Folkestone
Last minute penalty keeps 24 match league unbeaten run going
Folkestone Invicta 2-2 King's Lynn
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
Saturday 27 March 2004
by Richard Murrill
90th minute penalty from Martin Chandler preserved Folkestone
Invicta’s long Dr Martens League Eastern Division record as Saturday’s
top-of-the-table clash against King’s Lynn finished in a 2-2 draw in front of
a 555 crowd at a sunny Westbourne Stadium.
had played very well during the first half and took an early lead through James
Dryden, but ran out of steam after the interval and fell 2-1 down before
Chandler saved the day.
Cugley’s side have now gone 24 matches unbeaten in the Eastern Division as
they denied championship-chasing King’s Lynn victory with a last-ditch goal
for the second time this season.
came flying out of the blocks on Saturday and opened the scoring after just four
minutes when DRYDEN capitalised on a stray back pass from King’s Lynn captain
Glen Fuff and confidently slotted the ball past goalkeeper Steve Wilson after a
Scott Lindsey ball out of defence.
was Dryden’s sixth goal in six matches since the departure of top goalscorer
Allan Tait and after a barren spell of 15 games without a goal at the turn of
nearly got even better for Invicta after just six minutes when Anthony Hogg’s
25-yard shot struck the King’s Lynn crossbar.
was close again after 14 minutes when his shot from the edge of the penalty area
was cleared off the line by Richard Woodrow when Chandler’s corner from the
left was initially headed on at the near post before being cleared back out.
Lynn had to re-adjust after the early Invicta onslaught when defender Mark
Burrows limped off after 34 minutes and left back Daniel Hammond moved across to
visitors had not seriously threatened the Invicta goal during the first half,
but it was a different story after the interval as King’s Lynn came out
strongly from the start of the second half.
goalkeeper Tony Kessell looked uncertain when he let the ball slip out of his
hands after 57 minutes and had to back-track to save Carl Holmes’ attempted
was 1-1 after 59 minutes when Invicta captain Lindsey conceded a free kick right
on the edge of the penalty area and Dave STAFF’s strike flew into Kessell’s
right hand corner despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to the ball.
piece specialist Staff had scored from an almost identical free kick at a
similar stage of the game when the sides drew 1-1 at the Walks back in January.
headed over from close range for Invicta after 70 minutes following a melee in
the King’s Lynn penalty area.
the visitors pressed for the winner which would have kept them ahead of
Tonbridge at the top of the table. And the Linnets went 2-1 up after 74 minutes
when the ball bounced over Invicta’s Mark Munday in midfield and a through
ball eluded captain Lindsey to allow vastly experienced striker Dale WATKINS to
run on and chip the ball over goalkeeper Kessell.
got down to his right to touch Adam Jones’ header away from close to the post
after 81 minutes.
there was to be a final twist when Paul Lamb’s corner from the right was
headed on by John Guest and King’s Lynn’s Staff handled on the line to keep
out Adam Flanagan’s follow up header.
was sent off by referee Ian Gosling to become the third King’s Lynn player to
be sent off in three consecutive league visits to Cheriton Road.
CHANDLER held his nerve to plant the ball into the corner of the net to earn his
side a share of the spoils.
was still time for a looping header from the visitors’ Jones to go just over
the Invicta crossbar from Hammonds’ deep free kick.
Lynn’s Staff had earlier been booked after 78 minutes before his late
Kessell, Everitt, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, Chandler, Munday, Dryden,
Watkins (Blackman 72 mins), Hogg. Unused
sub: Walker, Dyson, Winfield, Egan.
Wilson, Jones, Hammond, Burrows (C. Defty 34 mins), Fuff, Stevenson, Camm,
Holmes, Staff, Watkins, Woodrow (Harris 52 mins).
Unused subs: Fishlock, Nobes.