|Richard Murrill reports from Chestnut Avenue|
|Northwood||3||Clark 20, 63, Hale 45|
Clark kicks Invicta into touch
Folkestone Invicta suffered their heaviest defeat of the season so far when they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Northwood in the Ryman Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
This was an
afternoon to forget for an Invicta side who ended the game well beaten as they
failed to capitalise on a bright start.
into the game with goalkeeper Tony Kessell back after five games out with
injury, but were without centre half Adam Flanagan on compassionate grounds as
he was visiting his seriously ill grandfather in Ireland.
moved into the centre of defence in Flanagan’s absence but himself limped off
after 22 minutes when the game was delayed for ten minutes as an injured
linesman had to be replaced.
Invicta’s problems stemmed mainly from their failure to put something tangible
on the board when they had early chances, something which had cost them dear in
their midweek home defeat against Hendon.
As it was,
goals from Dean Clark (2) and Steve Hale gave the home side a comfortable
started well enough as Simon Glover ran at the home defence and into the box
after six minutes when he collected a throw from Andrew Burke on the left and
shot wide across goal.
then headed over at the far post after ten minutes when Micheal Everitt played
the ball in from the right.
opened the scoring after 19 minutes when CLARK took Steve Dell’s cross from
the right off Hale’s foot and fired a low shot into the far corner of the net.
Moore’s shot then hit team mate Hale on the head and flew over the Invicta
crossbar following a corner on the right after 22 minutes.
ten-minute delay, Munday volleyed at goalkeeper Rob Bullivant when Martin
Chandler and James Dryden both got touches to Everitt’s ball in and Chandler
stabbed the ball wide on his 150th starting appearance for the club
in a move also involving Burke, Paul Lamb and Glover.
Dryden won the
ball back in the box and shot at goalkeeper Bullivant and a Glover shot was
blocked by a defender when Bullivant touched away a Lamb free kick from the
had to come out and make a great save with his legs following a superb turn by
striker Kevin Chakaodza after a low free kick.
were given the boost of a second goal just before half time when Clark put
Chakaodza through and the ball ricocheted into the path of HALE whose shot flew
into the back of the net in his first home appearance since re-joining the
Middlesex club for a third spell.
side has dug itself back from such situations in the past and huffed and puffed
at the start of the second half without making any real in-roads.
over with the outside of his boot from the edge of the box after 51 minutes.
impressive CLARK made it 3-0 when he lobbed the ball back with interest and
found the back of the net from 25 yards for his second goal of the game after 62
minutes when Kessell had to race out to clear when a ball over the defence sent
Chakaodza away again.
With the game
now effectively over as a contest the closing stages developed into something of
a duel between Clark and Kessell as the classy Northwood player went in search
of a hat-trick.
when Clark skipped past two challenges and tried to pick his spot after 70
minutes and Kessell denied Clark again two minutes later when Chakaodza played
Invicta came to a goal was when Dryden’s header was cleared off the line from
a Chandler corner on the left after 76 minutes.
But it could
have got even worse for Invicta as Chakaodza forced his way through after 87
minutes but Kessell saved and Clark couldn’t quite force the ball home from
saved with his feet to deny Clark again following a ball in from the left after
half John Guest was the game’s only booking.
Bullivant, Dell (Hart 30 mins), Dennison, Smith, Evans, J. Moore, F. Moore,
Clark, Hale (Finn 78 mins), Chakaodza, Morton (Yeoman 66 mins).
Unused sub: Sylvester.
INVICTA: Kessell, Watkins (Walker 22 mins), Lamb, Burke (Coleman 75 mins),
Guest, Lindsey, Chandler, Munday, Dryden, Everitt, Glover.
Unused subs: Spearpoint, Dyson, Morrin.