Late leveller denies Folkestone
Folkestone Invicta 2-2 Salisbury City
Saturday 3 January 2004
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
by Richard Murrill
last minute equaliser from Salisbury substitute Matt Tubbs denied Folkestone
Invicta all three points in a game that could have gone either way at the
Westbourne Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Ayling had twice given Invicta the lead, but Tubbs brought Salisbury level on
both occasions, with all the goals coming during the second half.
was given his chance in the starting line up as top goalscorer Allan Tait failed
a pre-match fitness test after a recurrence of his hamstring injury at Erith
& Belvedere on New Year’s Day.
AYLING opened the scoring after 53 minutes when he picked his spot and slotted
the ball into the net when Paul Lamb found himself in space on the left flank
and played a low ball into the penalty area.
entered the fray two minutes later when he replaced Salisbury’s top goalcorer
Steve Strong and the visitors pressed for an equaliser as Scott Bartlett cut in
from the right and shot at goalkeeper Tony Kessell after 72 minutes.
19-year-old TUBBS after 73 minutes made it 1-1 when he converted Craig Davis’
cross from the left.
then had goalkeeper Kessell to thank for the latest in an increasing line of
outstanding saves from the south London custodian. Kessell made an excellent
point blank save to deny striker Adam Wallace when Wayne Turk played the ball in
from the right after combining with Tubbs.
AYLING appeared to have won it for Invicta when he headed the ball in from close
range after 86 minutes after goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer had touched the ball back
towards the 21-year-old striker after he had scooped the ball across.
was the first time this season that Ayling had completed 90 minutes for Invicta
and he looked like being the match winner.
in a final twist, TUBBS took the ball on from the right hand side and curled a
low shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area for a fine
solo goal in the 90th minute.
was still time for Adam Flanagan to be put through during injury time, but
Sawyer was able to prevent the Invicta centre half from being an unlikely hero.
an evenly contested first half, Kessell had got down to save from Wallace in the
13th minute after Strong put him through after capitalising on an
error from Flanagan.
chipped at Kessell from the edge of the area after 29 minutes, while Ayling
threatened at the other end after 36 minutes but scuffed his shot across goal
after beating his man when striking partner James Dryden touched on a Scott
closest to a goal during the first half came after 38 minutes when Kessell saved
from point blank range from Strong after making an initial save from Wallace as
Salisbury forced their first corner of the game.
were close during first half stoppage time when Ayling deflected a Flanagan shot
towards goal, but the effort was cleared off the line.
the goals came after the interval as Invicta drew 2-2 at home for the second
time this season, with Salisbury repeating Stamford’s trick of grabbing a last
Wallace was the game’s only booking after 56 minutes.
Kessell, Watkins (Everitt 80 mins), Lamb (Millar 83 mins), Flanagan, Guest, Hogg,
Hambley, Munday, Dryden, Ayling, Lindsey. Unused
subs: Winfield, Dyson, Holdway.
Sawyer, Bartlett, Cook, James, Thomas, Davies, Turk, Davis, Wallace, Purches,
Strong (Tubbs 55 mins). Unused
subs: Crook, Phillips, Holmes, Howes.
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