|FA Trophy First Round Replay||Richard Murrill reports from Westbourne Stadium|
|Folkestone Invicta||1||Burke 87|
|Cray Wanderers||3||Everitt 90 (og)
(After extra time)
Cray steal victory away from Invicta's grasp
Kent League champions Cray Wanderers enjoyed a famous victory as they came back from the brink of defeat to win 3-1 away to Ryman Premier League outfit Folkestone Invicta after extra time at a rainy Westbourne Stadium on Tuesday night.
One newcomers Cray now face Conference South side St Albans at Hayes Lane in the
Second Round on Saturday November 27th.
It had looked
like being Invicta’s night when Andrew BURKE opened the scoring for the home
side as late as the 87th minute with a sweet strike when he latched
onto a return pass from Simon Glover after starting the move himself from close
to the half way line.
Burke had been
Invicta’s hero on Saturday when his late equaliser saw Neil Cugley’s side
come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 despite being reduced to ten men.
21-year-old could have made it 2-0 and made the tie safe when put through the
middle after 88 minutes but was denied by a save from Cray goalkeeper Steve
But this time
it was Cray who showed great character to save the day as with play moving into
stoppage time a corner from the right led to an almighty melee in the Invicta
goal mouth which saw Cray substitute James Millar lay claim to the equaliser,
although the ball went in off Invicta’s Micheal EVERITT.
went ahead after 97 minutes when substitute Michael Power raced past John Walker
down the right flank and pulled the ball back for Leigh BREMNER to sidefoot the
been the outstanding player over the two ties and played his part in the third
goal when he played the ball across from the left hand side for former Invicta
player MILLAR to put the ball in at the far post to compound his former club’s
misery. Millar had only come on after 89 minutes and yet had played his part in
Cray’s first and third goals.
were again hailing another classic cup tie after the drama of Saturday’s 2-2
made a good start as they laid siege on the Cray goal during the opening ten
minutes as centre half John Guest forced a second minute save from goalkeeper
Northwood following a Burke free kick on the right. And striker James Dryden was
also close with two headers in the opening five minutes.
burst through the middle and hit a low shot just wide of goal after ten minutes.
But Cray began
to come back into things and a Mark Tompkins shot forced a corner from Tony
Kessell after 25 minutes when Ross Lover walked through the Invicta defence.
goalkeepers were in excellent form as Northwood came out to deny Glover from
close range when Dryden slid the ball through after 27 minutes.
got across to save a looping Simon Glover header a minute later, whilst Bremner
headed wide at the other end after 37 minutes.
Kessell was again Invicta’s man of the match and did well first to turn
Bremner’s shot on the turn away after 48 minutes and then made another great
save from Bremner four minutes later.
themselves close when Northwood did very well to turn a Burke shot round the
post for a corner after 56 minutes following a move involving home debutant Luke
Gelding and Glover.
shot just over from the left hand side of the box a minute later.
Nerves were on
edge at both ends as Cray defender David Gray blocked Dryden’s shot when Burke
burst down the left hand side after 81 minutes and Guest cleared when Kessell
saved a low shot from substitute Power a minute later.
another save from Lover after 83 minutes, but Burke’s great goal appeared to
have settled the tie in Invicta’s favour.
The home side
went for broke during the second period of extra time when teenage striker Luke
Coleman replaced right back Kevin Watson, but it was to be Cray’s night.
the ball wide during the final minute of extra time when the ball came across
from the left hand side, but it would have been a mere consolation.
Burke and Cray’s John Myatt and Lover were all booked for kicking the ball
away, whilst Invicta’s Mark Munday and Kessell were both booked for dissent.
INVICTA: Kessell, Watson (Coleman 105 mins), Walker, Gedling, Guest, Lindsey, M.
Everitt, Munday, Dryden, Burke, Glover. Unused
subs: Spearpoint, J. Everitt, Dyson, Morrin.
WANDERERS: Northwood, Myatt (Millar 89 mins), S. Wood, Gray, Bower, Taylor (Dimmock
89 mins), Lover, Woolf, Tompkins (Power 68 mins), Bremner, J. Wood.
Unused subs: Rawlings, Morris.