End of a dream for Folkestone
Folkestone Invicta 1-3 Stevenage Borough
FA Trophy Third Round
Saturday 10 January 2004
by Richard Murrill
Invicta’s big day ended in honourable defeat as they went down 3-1 at home to
Nationwide conference club Stevenage Borough in front of a 912 crowd in
Saturday’s F. A. Trophy Third Round tie at the Westbourne Stadium.
brought to an end Invicta’s 15-match unbeaten run as they equalled their best
ever run in the country’s premier non-league knockout competition.
are one of the biggest names in non-league football and their vocal travelling
support made for a big match atmosphere as the Hertfordshire club embarked on
what they hope will be a return visit to Villa Park after finishing runners up
to Yeovil Town in 2002.
Westley’s side ultimately had too much for Invicta and although the visitors
have a major injury crisis of their own, including leading marksman Anthony
Elding, they do have a far bigger squad than the Folkestone club.
home side were dealt a massive, if not totally unexpected, blow before kick off
when top goalscorer Allan Tait failed a fitness test on his injured hamstring.
His presence would have been of great benefit to this encounter.
it was, the home side held out until the 44th minute when Jon BRADY
opened the scoring at the far post when a cross from the left went right across
the Invicta goal.
visitors increased their lead after 59 minutes when striker Dino MAAMRIA
volleyed home after the ball had been played across from the left.
were thrown a lifeline after 73 minutes when substitute Martin Chandler’s
excellent cross from the left was headed in by midfielder Mark MUNDAY.
any hopes of an Invicta comeback were nipped in the bud when Stevenage
substitute Justin RICHARDS rifled in a superb low shot from just outside the
penalty area after 75 minutes.
former West Brom and Bristol Rovers striker Richards had only been on the pitch
for a couple of minutes and made an immediate impact.
had shot wide for Stevenage after 13 minutes with the game’s first real chance
after 13 minutes, while at the other end former Sunderland and Newcastle
goalkeeper Lionel Perez saved from James Millar a minute later when John Ayling
threaded the ball through in a move started by Paul Lamb.
Holloway shot wide with a clear chance for Stevenage after 29 minutes when
former Dover Athletic playmaker Simon Wormull put him through and Holloway
headed over from Michael Warner’s right wing cross after 32 minutes.
Tony Battersby headed at Invicta goalkeeper Tony Kessell after 37 minutes when
Warner found Brady down the right flank.
goal was a blow for Invicta just before half time and Jamie Cook blasted over
with another chance for Stevenage after 44 minutes when the influential
Brady’s right wing cross fell to him at the far post.
second half started with chances at both ends. Invicta centre half John Guest
cleared off the line from Maamria in the 47th minute when the
Tunisian-born striker went round goalkeeper Kessell after capitalising on a
stray back pass.
the other end, striker James Dryden shot over after a one-two with Tim Hambley a
second goal left Invicta facing a daunting final half hour and the home side
replaced Drew Watkins and Millar with Chandler and Anthony Hogg after 63
goal gave Invicta reward for a spirited second half performance, but Richards
was to make a telling contribution for Stevenage.
missed another chance when he shot over after 78 minutes following a dangerous
low cross from the right.
kept going until the end and Hogg’s injury time shot hit French goalkeeper
Perez and went over the crossbar for a corner after a low ball in from the
were bookings for Invicta’s Munday, captain Scott Lindsey, Watkins and Hambley
and for Stevenage’s Steve Watson.
Kessell, Watkins (Chandler 63 mins), Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey (Blackman 86
mins), Hambley, Munday, Dryden, Ayling, Millar (Hogg 63 mins).
Unused subs: Everitt, Egan.
Perez, Smith, Warner, Gould, Wormull, Watson, Brady, Holloway, Cook, Battersby
(Richards 73 mins), Maamria. Unused subs: Westhead, St Ledger, Flack, Scott.