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|Richard Murrill reports from The Warren|
Invicta have nothing to show for their efforts at leaders Yeading
Invicta came back from Saturday’s trip to league leaders Yeading desperately
unlucky to have nothing to show for their efforts after arguably their best
performance of the season on a sunny afternoon at the Warren.
Invicta still go into a potentially crucial Easter weekend desperate for points
in their bid to avoid relegation from the Ryman Premier League, but remain
outside the bottom four as other results again went their way.
good all-round team performance saw Invicta enjoy the bulk of the play against a
side who shot to national fame back in January with their televised F. A. Cup
tie against Premiership giants Newcastle United.
only goal of the game came after 31 minutes when big centre forward Marvin
MORGAN was there to tap the ball into the net after Invicta goalkeeper Tony
Kessell had got down to save well from DJ Campbell when the Yeading danger
man’s quick feet gave him space after Steve Wales had played the ball in from
gave a debut to new signing Stuart Myall and had full backs James Everitt and
Paul Lamb available again after suspension, with Simon Glover joining James
Dryden in attack and former Margate pair Mark Munday and Paul Sykes on the
Guest was booked as early as the fourth minute for a harsh handball decision and
the subsequent free kick flew across the Invicta goal from the left hand side.
the visitors soon got into their stride and Dryden shot just wide on the turn
after 15 minutes when Glover nodded Lamb’s ball forward on.
Scott Lindsey then tried his luck with a long shot at goalkeeper Delroy Preddie
when Glover laid the ball back after 19 minutes.
were looking comfortable and Preddle had to pluck a Dryden shot out of the air
after 26 minutes when Glover shrugged off Steve Dell and played the ball across
from the left.
went straight back up the other end and Steve Norman stretched to play Wales’
ball in from the right out for a corner following a forward run from the Yeading
threatened again after 28 minutes when Glover laid the ball back and Dryden
forced another save from Preddle after making room for himself, with the ball
cleared for Invicta’s first corner of the game which Guest headed wide from
Andrew Burke’s ball in from the right.
goal soon followed against the run of play.
responded well at the start of the second half and a Dryden shot was blocked
close to the line after 47 minutes as the visitors forced a couple of corners.
lively Glover was then desperately close after 48 minutes when he burst into the
box down the left hand side and goalkeeper Preddle got fingertips on his shot
which flashed across the Yeading goal and flew inches wide of the far post.
was then close with two headers from Burke’s subsequent corner from the right
threatened to increase their lead on the hour when Campbell got up well to head
Wales’ deep cross from the right against the Invicta crossbar.
left back Leon Woodruffe drilled a low shot from distance at Kessell as the game
began to open up.
then took the ball on and forced a good save from Kessell when substitute Davis
Haule broke following another spell of Invicta pressure after 71 minutes.
Invicta continued to press forward and Micheal Everitt shot wide on the turn
from the edge of the box after 79 minutes following good work from Lindsey and
visitors went three at the back after 81 minutes when striker Sykes replaced
defender James Everitt.
couldn’t get enough power on his shot after 87 minutes after more activity
inside the Yeading penalty area also involving Myall and Glover.
Invicta had a let off during stoppage time when Yeading broke to have two-on-one
following an Invicta corner and Micheal Everitt escaped punishment for his
saving challenge on Campbell after substitute Dereck Brown put the striker
did not get the equaliser they deserved but more performances such as this one
will ease any relegation fears.
were also second half bookings for Invicta’s Lindsey (disputing a handball
decision after 75 minutes) and Sykes (late challenge after 85 minutes).
Invicta's game with Leyton on Good Friday kick's off at 1:00pm at the Westbourne Stadium, Cheriton Road before the BIG ONE on Easter Monday (3pm) when they make the short trip to local rivals Dover Athletic.
Preddle, Wales, Woodruffe, Dell (Behzadi 54), Leach, Stanley, Palmer (Haule 54),
Darti Brown, Morgan, Campbell, Quamina (Dereck Brown 79).
Unused subs: Telemaque, Protain
INVICTA: Kessell, J. Everitt (Sykes 81), Lamb, Norman, Guest, Lindsey, M.
Everitt, Burke (Munday 66), Dryden, Myall, Glover.
Unused subs: Coleman, Walker, Watson.