Invicta hold their own against Gills
Murrill reports from the
Second half goals from Danny Byfield and substitute
Carl Wilson-Denis gave Coca-Cola League One club Gillingham a 2-0
win in Wednesday night’s pre-season friendly at the Buzzlines Stadium,
writes Richard Murrill.
BYFIELD opened the scoring in the 52nd
minute when he controlled the ball well and beat goalkeeper Tony Kessell
with a low shot from a narrow angle from the right hand side of the box
following a ball from Matt Jarvis.
And big trialist WILSON-DENIS made it 2-0 in the 73rd
minute when Danny Jackman pulled the ball back to him from the left hand
side in a well-worked move.
Byfield had earlier fired the game’s first chance
wide after eight minutes when striking partner Darius Henderson headed the
ball down invitingly to him.
But Invicta held their own during the first half
and James Dryden called Gillingham goalkeeper Steve Banks into action with
a shot across goal after 21 minutes.
Jackman fired wide for the visitors when Henderson
laid the ball to him after 23 minutes and Kessell saved with his feet from
Byfield two minutes later when Alan Pouton took a quick free kick
following a foul by John Guest on Henderson.
For Invicta, Stuart Myall shot at Banks when right
back Kevin Watson played the ball forward to Dryden on the half hour mark.
Kessell saved Jarvis’ shot from the right hand
side in the 40th minute, while at the other end Matt Bower
couldn’t quite bring the ball under control when presented with a 42nd
minute close range chance.
Invicta centre half Adam Flanagan blocked from
Byfield in the 44th minute when the striker cut in and shaped
up to shoot and Henderson subsequently headed wide across goal.
Byfield’s opener soon after half time put new
Gillingham manager’s Neale Cooper’s side ahead, but Invicta responded
as Flanagan brought a save from Banks with a header from a corner.
Kessell saved from Henderson when Wilson-Denis
pulled the ball back after 64 minutes and Wilson-Denis was to increase the
lead eight minutes later.
Popular former Gillingham player-manager Andy
Hessenthaler made a second half appearance as a substitute and shot just
wide from the edge of the penalty area after 80 minutes.
Invicta centre half Guest was chosen as man of the
match by new sponsors Buzzlines.
Invicta: Kessell (Mann 76), Watson (J. Everitt 65), Norman (Tanner 77),
Flanagan (Lamb 65), Guest, M. Everitt (Rainbow 77), Myall, Bower (Lindsey
71), Dryden, Jones, Glover (Sly 77).
Banks, Cooper, Rose, Pouton (Corneille 85), Hope, Johnson (Cox 70), Crofts
(Flynn 45), Jarvis (Hessenthaler 71), Henderson (Roberts 76), Byfield
(Wilson-Denis 55), Jackman.