|Richard Murrill reports from Wheatsheaf Park
Capture of Norman keeps Invicta solid at the back
Invicta recorded a goalless away draw for the second successive Saturday in the
Ryman Premier League as they stretched their unbeaten run to five matches in all
Cugley’s side made it three consecutive clean sheets and have still not
conceded a goal since signing former Dover Athletic defender Steve Norman from
And if either
side looked like snatching all three points from Saturday’s encounter at
Wheatsheaf Park then it was the visitors.
pre-match problems for Invicta as striker Simon Glover missed out with a foot
injury, but in-form centre half John Guest played through the pain barrier with
a chest injury.
started the day in fifth place and threatened early on when Mark Jones fed Gavin
Tomlin who got in behind Guest, but both Invicta centre halves Adam Flanagan and
Guest blocked shots when the ball was played back and a third shot flew over the
crossbar from the edge of the penalty area.
At the other
end, a stretching James Dryden couldn’t quite force the ball in after 16
minutes when Flanagan got a touch after a back header from a Staines defender
sent the ball heading towards the home goal following a free kick after a foul
on Andy Burke.
The closest to
a goal during the first half came after 31 minutes when Mark Munday narrowly
failed to make headed contact at the far post when Paul Sykes flicked on
Burke’s corner from the right to present the chance.
Sykes then ran
on and hit a low shot at goalkeeper Matt Lovett when Burke played him through
after 34 minutes.
shot over on the turn after 41 minutes when Sykes nodded on a Kevin Watson throw
from the right hand side.
The best save
of the game came after 57 minutes when Lovett did very well to touch
Flanagan’s header over the crossbar when Norman played the ball in from the
another chance after 59 minutes when Sykes didn’t get enough power on his
header when Burke played in a great cross from the left.
Elliot Onochie’s shot also lacked sufficient power after 62 minutes when the
ball was played in down the right hand side and the striker threatened to lob
goalkeeper Tony Kessell.
shot over from the right after 74 minutes with his last touch before being
replaced by Jon Henry-Hayden.
brought on teenager Joe Neilson for Sykes after 82 minutes and the substitute
made an immediate impression as he shrugged off his marker to get to a Dryden
ball and exchanged passes with his striking partner before the latter played the
ball into the path of right back Watson who hit a low shot just past the far
TOWN: Lovett, Gell, McDonald, D. Gordon, Flitter, Okikiola (Webb 15), George,
Ellis (Henry-Hayden 74), Onochie, Tomlin (Maskell 86), Jones.
Unused subs: Redrup, L. Gordon.
INVICTA: Kessell, Watson, Norman, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, M. Everitt, Munday,
Dryden, Sykes (Neilson 82), Burke. Unused
subs: Coleman, J. Everitt, Dyson, Morrin.
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