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|Richard Murrill reports from Woodside Road
Whiteman 56 (pen)
RELEGATION threatened Folkestone Invicta’s poor run continued when
they went down 3-0 away to Worthing at Woodside Road on Saturday afternoon.
Folkestone hanging by a thread
Invicta have won just once away from home in the Ryman Premier League so
far this season and have now taken just two points out of their last possible
But Neil Cugley’s side remain outside the bottom four relegation zone
as other results went their way at the weekend.
Missing suspended defenders Paul Lamb, Adam Flanagan, James Everitt and
Will Dunlop, this was a game where any positive result Invicta recorded would
have been looked upon as a bonus.
But in what has become an all too familiar pattern, Invicta made a
purposeful start before falling behind and finishing the game a well beaten
The recently re-signed Andrew Burke came back into the Invicta side at
left back, with John Walker at right back and captain Scott Lindsey joining a
three-man central defensive partnership with John Guest and the fit again Steve
And Invicta were the better side for the opening ten minutes as James
Dryden headed over when the visitors forced the game’s first corner in the
second minute and Stewart Holmes blocked a Dryden shot for another corner when
the Invicta striker combined well with Walker in the seventh minute.
But it was Worthing who opened the scoring after 12 minutes when
Holmes’ cross from the right was volleyed in by Lee CHARLES at the far post
after Walker’s lack of inches proved costly when he could only head his
attempted clearance into the Worthing man’s path.
Invicta have found scoring goals a problem of late and never regained
A Charles shot was blocked by Guest in the 19th minute when
striker Sam Francis laid the ball back after getting in behind Guest before
being held up by Lindsey.
It was 2-0 after 26 minutes when a Charles corner from the right was met
by a spectacular strike from Liam COLLINS.
Invicta were close in the 45th minute when a Mark Munday shot
from the edge of the penalty area was touched over for a corner by goalkeeper
Mark Oremrod after Micheal Everitt laid the ball back.
Worthing’s Francis drilled a low shot across goal from the right hand
side after 52 minutes which goalkeeper Tony Kessell got a hand to and Walker
But any hopes Invicta ha of salvaging the situation effectively
evaporated when Worthing were awarded a penalty in the 56th minute.
Guest was the Invicta player penalised when his initial mistake let
Francis in, but the centre half recovered to challenge the Worthing striker
inside the box, only for the referee to point to the penalty spot and show Guest
a yellow card.
Mark WHITEMAN duly stepped up to send Kessell the wrong way and score on
his Worthing debut.
At the other end, Paul Sykes shot wide across goal after creating a
chance for himself in the 60th minute.
But Worthing were close again after 65 minutes when substitute Ronnie
Green blasted over as Collins skipped past the Invicta defence down the right
hand side and played the ball across.
Invicta were denied a consolation goal when Ormerod came out to save
from Simon Glover when Everitt played the ball through the middle in the 75th
The visitors gave first senior appearances to teenage substitutes Adam
Todd, Rob Knott and recent signing Dan Tanner.
But the Folkestone side finished the game with ten men as Everitt limped
off deep into injury time.
WORTHING: Ormerod, Holmes, Dicker, Cable, Alexander,
Charles, Collins, Rogers (Pulling 76 mins), Francis (Green 62 mins), Whiteman (Geddes
85 mins), Grice. Unused sub:
INVICTA: Kessell, Walker, Burke (Todd 75 mins), Norman, Guest, Lindsey (Tanner
85 mins), M. Everitt, Munday, Dryden, Sykes (Knott 78 mins), Glover.
Unused sub: Morrin.