Folkestone stretch unbeaten league run to 20 games
Cugley's men enjoy time on island
Newport IOW 0-3 Folkestone Invicta
Saturday 6 March 2004
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
By Richard Murrill
Invicta stretched their unbeaten Dr Martens League Eastern Divison run to 20
matches when goals from corners courtesy of James Dryden, Mark Munday and Lee
Blackman gave a somewhat makeshift side a comfortable 3-0 win away to struggling
Newport (Isle of Wight) on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
was manager Neil Cugley’s first ever win on the island and will have acted as
a lift after the midweek sale of top goalscorer Allan Tait to Crawley Town.
came into the starting line up, but Invicta had to re-adjust again when an early
ankle injury to John Ayling gave a debut to 19-year-old John Walker.
had impressed when manager Cugley took charge of the reserves in their 4-1
midweek win at Lordswood and had been the only ever present in the reserve side
so far this season. Walker’s big chance came at left back as Paul Lamb was
missing due to impending fatherhood, with captain Scott Lindsey moving across to
ligament injury to Ayling was exactly what Invicta did not need after Tait’s
departure to Premier Division side Crawley Town, but striker Dryden did end his
barren run of 15 games without a goal and will now have to take on even more
responsibility for the season’s promotion run-in.
were close after just 33 seconds when Munday shot wide from the edge of the
penalty area after a move involving Micheal Everitt, Dryden and Ayling.
when Ayling was carried off it took a while for the game to come alive again.
relieved DRYDEN opened the scoring after 28 minutes when he headed in an Anthony
Hogg corner from the right despite Newport’s efforts to clear the ball off the
Adam Flanagan shot was blocked by a defender after 34 minutes when Dryden pulled
the ball back at the far post and Flanagan headed against the crossbar following
a Hogg free kick from the right after 39 minutes.
had offered little by way of attacking threat during the first half and Invicta
made it 2-0 after 45 minutes when another Hogg corner from the right was touched
on by Dryden and converted by midfielder MUNDAY.
Pilcher headed at Tony Kessell following a free kick on the right with
Newport’s first real effort on goal after 59 minutes.
it was 3-0 on the hour when BLACKMAN slotted the ball home after a Martin
Chandler corner on the left hit defender Mark Isaacson.
became public enemy number one at St George’s Park when Newport’s Danny
Hatcher received a blow which left him unconscious and taken away to hospital by
joined Newport’s Isaacson and Invicta’s Blackman into the referee’s
notebook and was replaced by Lee Dyson in the final minute.
substitute Steve Bonser shot over the crossbar when the ball fell to him inside
the penalty area during stoppage time with Newport’s clearest chance of the
Meanwhile, Folkestone's John Ullman Kent Senior Cup semi-final date at
Ryman League Division One South Bromley has been arranged for Tuesday 23 March,
at Hayes Lane, Bromley, 7.45pm
(Isle of Wight):
McCormack, Buckman, Hughes, Isaacson, Holmes, McCormack, Hatcher (Bonser 82 mins),
Pilcher, Bridges (Newnham 45 mins), Wright, Barsdell.
Unused subs: Conners, Perry, Guy.
Kessell, Everitt, Lindsey, Flanagan (Dyson 90 mins), Guest, Ayling (Walker 9
mins), Chandler, Munday, Dryden, Blackman, Hogg.
Unused subs: Watkins, Egan.