|Saturday 17 July 2004||Pre-Season Friendly||Richard Murrill reports from Westbourne Stadium|
|Gravesend & Northfleet||2||Justin Skinner 13
Roy Essandoh 45
half goals from Justin Skinner (penalty) and Roy Essandoh gave Conference side
Gravesend & Northfleet in Saturday’s pre-season friendly at a wet
off was delayed for 15 minutes to allow the pitch time to drain after the
unseasonal thunder and lightning had left it drowned in puddles. The sun did
come out hen the action did get underway, but conditions remained farcical in
some areas of the pitch.
was Gravesend who opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Adam
Flanagan brought down James Pinnock and left back Justin SKINNER stepped up to
beat Tony Kessell from the penalty spot.
was2-0 in the 45th minute when Invicta defender John Guest left the
ball after a clearly audible call from goalkeeper Kessell, only for striker
ESSANDOH to nip in and score in off the post from close range.
had been denied when Kessell saved with his feet after 14 minutes in a move also
involving Jay Smith and Moussa Sidibe.
Invicta, Anthony Hogg shot just wide from the edge of the box when Simon Glover
touched a Paul Lamb cross back into his path after 26 minutes.
sides made the customary pre-season substitutions for the second half and Jamie
Wood headed a cross from the right over for Gravesend after 68 minutes.
saved from Steve McNamara after 77 minutes when the visitors spread play from
right to left and Daniel Jeffrey shot over as Gravesend threatened again two
James Dryden missed Invicta’s best chance of the game when he shot over in the
90th minute after being through down the middle by Mark Munday.
Kessell (Morin 83 mins), Watkins, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest (Walker 45 mins),
Lindsey (Munday 45 mins), Everitt (Chandler 45 mins), Standen (Spearpoint 70
mins), Dryden, Glover, Hogg (Blackman 70 mins).
GRAVESEND & NORTHFLEET: Mitten, Skinner, Protheroe, Porter, Shearer, Rousse, McKimm, Smith, Sidibe, Pinnock, Essandoh. Subs: Wilkerson, Wood, McNamara, Ojelabi, Bounczi, Jeffrey.