Folkestone draw fourth successive league game
AFC 0-0 Folkestone Invicta
Saturday 24 January 2004 Dr Martens League Eastern Division
by Richard Murrill
Invicta drew for their fourth successive Dr Martens League Eastern Division game
as they escaped a late scare in a goalless draw away to Stamford at the Newflame
Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
nearest either side came to a scoring occurred during the six minutes of
stoppage time added by referee Mark Lever.
substitute Gareth Pritchard played Malcolm Ndekwe through for Stamford and the
striker capitalised on an error by centre half Adam Flanagan to bear down on
goal, only to go down under challenge from Tony Kessell as he went round the
Invicta goalkeeper, only for the referee to wave play on as the ball fell
invitingly into the path of Danny Steadman who chipped against the crossbar.
at the other end, substitute John Ayling’s far post flick was cleared off the
line from James Dryden’s long throw in from the right hand side and centre
half John Guest’s follow up was kept out by an acrobatic save from big Czech
goalkeeper Ludek Michalik.
result will only add to the debate about just how well Invicta are doing this
optimists will point to the team stretching their unbeaten league run to 12
matches as they remain well on course for their target of a top seven finish
will would ensure promotion should the proposed league re-structuring go through
critics will say that Invicta have now won just three of their last ten Eastern
Division matches and have not won in the last five matches since top goalscorer
Allan Tait last started a game before further aggravating his hamstring injury.
continued absence of Tait again saw Invicta playing with Dryden as a lone
striker, with recent signing Peter Overton this time pushed forward in the main
supporting role. Martin Chandler also came back into the starting line up in
place of the suspended Tim Hambley as Invicta remain overflowing in central
were few and far between on a difficult pitch in the first half.
man Kevin Ainslie’s shot from the left hand side was blocked by Mark Munday
for the game’s first corner after five minutes.
got down to save from Nick Ashby when Steadman played the ball through after 22
minutes and a minute later Kessell saved from Kevin Byrne after the striker had
played a one-two with Ndekwe who broke dangerously into the box down the right
Invicta, a Dryden shot was blocked by Ainslie after Paul Lamb had sent the ball
over from the left.
Ainslie free kick came in dangerously across the Invicta goal after 49 minutes
when Flanagan was adjudged to have fouled Ndekwe.
the game was given an extra edge as referee Lever began to lose control during
the second half, culminating in bookings for Invicta’s Lamb and Stamford’s
Ndekwe after 67 minutes when the Invicta left back threw the ball at his
opponent after the home striker had impeded him as he attempted to take a throw
goalkeeper Michalik got down at full stretch to keep out a Chandler shot from
outside the penalty area after a run down the middle from the midfielder.
it was the introduction of substitutes Pritchard and Ayling which added
invention to either sides’ attacks after 83 minutes.
Streadman shot flashed just wide of the Invicta goal after Ndekwe had threaded
him through after 87 minutes.
at the other end, Ayling stabbed the ball just wide whilst on the floor in a
goalmouth scramble after 89 minutes.
was the third draw in four meetings between the two clubs, with Invicta still
seeking a first win over their Lincolnshire opponents.
Michalik, Donald, Peaks, Ashby, Maddox, Edge, Nash, Steadman, Byrne (Pritchard
83 mins), Ndekwe, Ainslie. Unused
subs: Rhule, Green.
Kessell, Watkins (Everitt 45 mins), Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, Chandler (Ayling
83 mins), Munday, Dryden, Hogg, Overton. Unused
subs: Blackman, Dyson, Holdway.
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