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|Saturday 21 August 2004||Ryman League
|Richard Murrill reports from Westbourne Stadium|
|Folkestone Invicta||1||Dryden 47|
|Yeading||2||Haule 70, Canoville 89|
Invicta suffer last ditch heartbreak
Folkestone Invicta suffered last-ditch heartbreak as they went down 2-1 at home to early season league leaders Yeading at the Westbourne Stadium on Saturday afternoon, despite taking a second half lead through striker James Dryden.
Invicta ended up beaten when Yeading substitute Dean CANOVILLE was there to put the ball into the net at the far post in the 47th minute when goalkeeper Tony Kessell saved but couldn’t hold Leon Woodruffe’s shot across goal from the left.
The win left the Middlesex club as the only team in the Ryman Premier League with a 100% record after three games of the season.
Invicta had opened the scoring in the 47th minute when DRYDEN got the ball past defender Mark Kleboe and slotted the ball into the net from a Micheal Everitt ball down the right hand side.
Yeading were level after 70 minutes when Davis HAULE took the ball on in midfield and unleashed a fierce strike from 25 yards which flew into the Invicta net.
Invicta went close to restoring their lead in the 86th minute when Yeading goalkeeper Delroy Preddie came out to save from Dryden when Kleboe’s attempted back pass put his side into trouble when under pressure from Simon Glover.
The home side again defended well and Canoville’s late winner was cruel on the likes of goalkeeper Kessell and central defenders John Guest and Adam Flanagan.
But Invicta’s main early concern is just how heavily they are relying on the hard-working Dryden to provide the goals this season.
Chances had been few and far between during the first half after Dryden had shot over from the left hand side of the box in the fifth minute.
Yeading striker Errol Telemaque then headed against the foot of the post from close range in a crowded goalmouth after 14 minutes.
And Kessell got down to save with his legs when Telemaque got in behind Guest right on half time.
Dryden’s goal gave Invicta a perfect start to the second half.
But Yeading responded as danger man DJ Campbell shot wide after Telemaque’s ball in from the right in the 51st minute and Kessell touched a Campbell shot over the crossbar when the striker made room for himself after 55 minutes.
Kessell saved a low shot from substitute Woodruffe when Keith Newby played a free kick into Campbell after 74 minutes.
At the other end, Glover shot over when he beat his man after being put through by substitute Martin Chandler in the 83rd minute.
Yeading substitute Nyron Saroya only came on after 90 minutes but became the game’s only booking when he tangled with Guest as Invicta attempted to take a free kick deep into stoppage time.
FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Kessell, Watkins (Chandler 68 mins), Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, Everitt, Munday, Dryden, Wood, Glover. Unused subs: Walker, Rook, Dyson, Morrin.
YEADING: Preddie, Barima, Protain (Woodruffe 62 mins), Kleboe, Leach, Stanley, Haule, Brown, Telemaque (Saroya 90 mins), Campbell (Canoville 83 mins), Newby. Unused subs: Quamina, Stabler.