|Richard Murrill reports from Stag Meadow
|Windsor & Eton
|Paul Holsgrove 15
Sykes late penalty miss costs Invicta a point
minute penalty miss from striker Paul Sykes cost Folkestone Invicta a share of
the spoils as they went down 2-1 away to Windsor & Eton at Stag Meadow on
New Year’s Day.
This was a proverbial game of two halves as the windy and rainy conditions played their part as Windsor established a 2-0 half team lead before Invicta dominated the second half.
Dryden pulled a goal back in the 75th minute to set up an exciting
finale and often uncertain debutant home goalkeeper Marco Celloni became
Windsor’s unlikely hero when he kept out Sykes’ penalty.
had been one of the game’s central figures and as tempers began to flare both
on and off the field he denied Invicta what would have been a second 2-2 draw
against Windsor this season.
then Invicta had a stoppage time chance to equalise as the ball ran away from
Dryden when he had gone round Celloni after Sykes had nodded on a clearance from
goalkeeper Tony Kessell.
had opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Paul HOLSGROVE placed
the ball into the net off the post from just outside the penalty area.
cult figure Jamie JARVIS made it 2-0 on his return to Windsor in the 28th
minute when he fired the ball back in after a corner from the left nearly went
straight in but was cleared off the Invicta line.
made it 2-1 late in the second half when his header went in off the underside
off the crossbar from Steve Norman’s free kick following a foul by Keith Scott
on John Guest.
Mark Munday out with a calf injury, Invicta welcomed Simon Glover back into the
fold after he had stormed out of the ground when left out of the starting line
up for the Christmas derby against Dover Athletic.
the early exchanges, Terry O’Connor did not get enough power on his shot from
the edge of the area for Windsor after seven minutes, while Invicta forced a
corner after 13 minutes from a close range Glover header when centre half Adam
Flanagan challenged Celloni to a Norman free kick.
it was to be a torrid first half for Invicta after Holsgrove’s opening goal
and Kessell saved from Adam Crittenden when the ball fell to another of recent
Windsor’s recent signings inside the box after 21 minutes.
Windsor’s first corner of the game led to their second goal.
lost his footing but recovered to keep out Micheal Everitt’s shot from the
edge of the penalty area after 28 minutes.
Windsor threatened again when Peter Holsgrove’s shot just wide on the turn
after 31 minutes following a good exchange of passes between O’Connor and
have proved to be resilient at coming back from 2-0 down in recent times and
with the conditions in their favour, the Folkestone side threatened another
comeback as they camped in the Windsor half for the majority of the second half.
did well to keep out an Andrew Burke shot after 49 minutes.
left back Paul Lamb twice let fly from 35 yards when first his shot flashed past
the post after 62 minutes and he then fired against the crossbar ten minutes
goal gave Invicta the lifeline they were looking for and the penalty was
awarded, presumably for a push, when Lamb sent over a corner from the right when
Celloni had touched the ball out following a wind-assisted clearance from fellow
gave a first run out of the season to 16-year-old Oliver Waters during stoppage
time, but there was to be no last-gasp equaliser this time.
were bookings for Windsor’s Peter Holsgrove and Invicta’s Sykes and
was a minute’s silence before the match for the victims of the recent tsunami
& ETON: Celloni, Tilbury, Cook (Parsons 59), Skinner, Paul Holsgrove,
Jarvis, O’Connor, Crittenden (James 33, Gomis 76), Peter Holsgrove, Scott,
Carroll. Unused subs: Walsh, Oatley.
FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Kessell, Lamb, Norman, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, M. Everitt, Burke, Dryden, Sykes, Glover (Waters 90). Unused subs: J. Everitt, Coleman, Dyson, Morrin.