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First Qualifying Round
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|Chandler 5 (pen), 75
Coleman cuts the mustard as Invicta hit Vale for six
Folkestone Invicta knocked Combined Counties League hosts Raynes Park Vale for six in an easy F. A. Cup 1st Qualifying Round win in Surrey as Martin Chandler (2), Luke Coleman (2), Simon Glover and James Dryden helped themselves to the goals on a rainy afternoon.
came at a price as goalkeeper Tony Kessell was carried off with a suspected
dislocated collar bone and striker Dryden played the final half hour of the
match in goal.
absence for Kessell would hit Invicta hard, but there were plenty of positives
for the club’s boisterous travelling supporters.
Coleman for one will not forget this day as he became the youngest player ever
to both appear and score for Folkestone Invicta in the F. A. Cup and he nearly
had a hat-trick within ten minutes of coming on for the unfortunate Kessell.
At 16 years
and 49 days, Coleman slots in behind John Ayling (16 years and 40 days) and
Oliver Waters (16 years and 45 days) as Invicta’s youngest ever goalscorer in
senior football. Ayling remains Invicta’s youngest ever senior player at 16
years and 19 days, with Coleman 16 days behind him after his substitute
appearance at Billericay earlier this month.
Chandler will also have taken a lot from this rout as he opened the closed the
scoring to make amends for his penalty miss a year earlier when Invicta had made
somewhat harder work of beating Raynes Park 2-0 on a much sunnier day at the
same stage of the competition.
dominated from the start as Chandler took the ball on through the middle after
just two minutes and hit the underside of the crossbar with a dipping shot from
the edge of the penalty area, with goalkeeper Ed Cornwell keeping out Micheal
Everitt’s headed rebound.
were close again a minute later when centre half Adam Flanagan’s header was
tipped away one-handed by goalkeeper Cornwell following a long Dryden thrown
from the right.
But the danger
had not passed and referee Woodward from Seaford pointed to the penalty spot
when Maciej Woznica fouled Glover. Memories of last season’s slip up at the
other end must have been going through CHANDLER’s mind but they were soon
banished as this time he converted his spot kick low to the goalkeeper’s right
in the fifth minute.
threatened an instant reply but Kessell came out to save with his feet from
Rawle Kendall when Woznica put him through.
It was soon to
be one-way traffic again though as a low Dryden shot was saved by Cornwell after
threatened to increase Invicta’s lead when he shot inches wide of the far post
from the left hand side of the box after both 12 and 14 minutes.
GLOVER was not to be denied though and he made it 2-0 after 16 minutes, this
time from the right hand side, at the end of a good passing move also involving
Dryden and Everitt.
Lindsey shot just over following a mazy run from Paul Lamb after a corner on the
right in the 23rd minute and Glover shot over from an angle after
going round the goalkeeper when Chandler put him through in the 30th
minute in another flowing passing move also involving Mark Munday and Dryden.
creating chances at will and replaced captain Lindsey (back injury) with John
Walker after 34 minutes.
Cornwell got across to deny Glover after 37 minutes when Everitt’s quick free
kick sent Dryden away down the right to get the ball across and leave a gaping
goal once again.
carried on where they had left off after the interval as Cornwell saved with his
feet to deny Glover after 51 minutes and Lamb chipped at the goalkeeper after
combining with Dryden a minute later.
It was 3-0
after 57 minutes when Everitt shot against the post after being put in down the
left hand side and DRYDEN was there to tap the ball into an empty net.
took over between the posts when Kessell suffered his injury in a seemingly
innocuous challenge as he came out to save.
previously gone in goal when Kevin Hudson got sent off in a Dr Martens League
Premier Division match against Hednesford Town in September 2001, whilst centre
half John Guest had donned the goalkeeper’s jersey for over half an hour at
Ilkeston in October 2002. Defender Mark Towse had gone even further by playing
two full games in goal at the end of the 2002-03 season.
given his chance on Saturday and looks the real deal for Invicta. He struck
within minutes of coming on when he got the final touch in the 67th
minute when Everitt’s shot appeared to be going in after both Flanagan and
Glover had efforts on goal following a corner on the right which led to a Glover
header being cleared off the line by Darren Dobinson.
again to make it 5-0 after 70 minutes when he showed great composure to go round
Cornwell and score again when put through by Munday.
denied a hat-trick as he curled his shot just wide of the post when Chandler put
him through after 72 minutes.
completed the scoring in the 74th minute when he drilled a low shot
into the far corner of the net following a ball from Walker.
goalkeeper Dryden touched a low shot by Woznica round the post for a corner
after 80 minutes and Invicta gave a late cameo appearance to Lee Dyson in place
of Guest who misses next Saturday’s trip to Eastleigh through suspension.
volleyed at Cornwell after 86 minutes from a Lamb ball as Invicta cruised
Park’s preparations for the tie had hardly been ideal as two players pulled
out with food poisoning and one defender arrived at the ground a mere ten
minutes before kick off.
VALE: Cornwell, Stevens, Perkins, Wheatley, Victor, Leworthy, Woznica, Heard
(Vaughan 74 mins), Morris (Lemmie 50 mins), Kendall, Dobinson. Unused subs: Breakell, Harkness.
INVICTA: Kessell (Coleman 63 mins), Watkins, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest (Dyson 81
mins), Lindsey (Walker 34 mins), Chandler, Munday, Dryden, Everitt, Glover.