|Saturday 14 August 2004
|Richard Murrill reports from The Raymond McEnhill Stadium
|Wallace 84 (pen)
sees red in opening day defeat
Folkestone Invicta had goalkeeper Tony Kessell sent off as they went down to a late penalty in their opening game in the Ryman Premier League at Salisbury on a sunny afternoon on Saturday.
was dismissed for bringing down Matt Tubbs as the striker went round him after
Scott Bartlett’s ball down the right bypassed substitute Steve Strong to leave
Tubbs clean through after 81 minutes.
goalkeeper Dan Morrin’s first touch was to pick the ball out of the back of
the net as Adam WALLACE duly converted the subsequent penalty.
had looked good value for a favourable result at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium
until they were denied in the closing minutes.
Folkestone side had shaded the first half when James Dryden and Mark Munday both
had chances to put the visitors ahead when Drew Watkins whipped in dangerous
free kicks after both 16 and 18 minutes.
the absence of suspended captain Scott Lindsey, Watkins had played alongside
Adam Flanagan and John Guest at the heart of the Invicta defence, with Simon
Glover making his competitive debut for the club and John Walker also in the
starting line up.
Dryden volleyed wide from close range when Watkins sent in a good delivery
following a foul by Bartlett after 16 minutes.
stand-in captain Munday’s glancing header then went wide of the post when
Watkins repeated the trick two minutes later following another foul by Salisbury
captain Bartlett, this time on Walker.
responded and Wallace shot high and just wide from the edge of the box following
an exciting run in the 21st minute and Tubbs forced a corner from
Kessell when he let fly from 25 yards a minute later.
the other end, Dryden couldn’t direct the ball into the net after 43 minutes
when Guest played the ball back across goal when Paul Lamb’s corner from the
right fell to him at the far post.
good strike from Salisbury’s Matt Davies was comfortably saved by Kessell
after 53 minutes and the Invicta goalkeeper was called into action again after
70 minutes to deny Tubbs when Josh Thomas’ ball forward put the young striker
in behind Watkins.
Craig Davis shot then flew just past the Invicta post when he let fly from 25
yards in the 72nd minute.
Invicta, a dangerous Glover cross from the right flew just in front of the
acrobatic Dryden in the middle after 74 minutes.
Wallace’s late penalty was to give Salisbury a winning start under new team
manager Mark Kelly.
game opened up as Invicta chased an equaliser and a Strong shot flashed across
the visitors’ goal from the right hand side after 85 minutes.
half Flanagan headed over a Watkins free kick at the far post for Invicta after
87 minutes, but Guest had to make a saving tackle to deny Wallace as the Invicta
defence became stretched a minute later and Tubbs played an inviting low ball
across to his striking partner.
well as Kessell’s dismissal, there were bookings for Salisbury’s Davies and
for Invicta’s Watkins, Guest and Everitt.
Sawyer, Bartlett, Lisk, Cook, Thomas (Holmes 84 mins), Davies (Strong 68 mins),
Howes, Davis, Wallace (Phillips 90 mins), Tubbs, Bond. Unused subs: Cooper,
Kessell, Watkins, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Everitt, Chandler (Ayling 84 mins),
Munday, Dryden, Walker (Morrin 82 mins), Glover (Wood 84 mins). Unused subs:
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