Kwashi's late strike isn't enough for Dartford
Dartford 1-6 Folkestone Invicta
Tuesday 24 February 2004
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
by Richard Murrill
goalscorer Allan Tait helped himself to a hat-trick as Folkestone Invicta
equalled their biggest ever Dr Martens League win with a 6-1 rout away to
Dartford in a totally one-sided match at Gravesend & Northfleet’s
Stonebridge Road on Tuesday night.
Hogg, Martin Chandler and John Ayling were the other goalscorers as Invicta
returned to winning ways following the frustration of their goalless draw at
home to Corby Town on Saturday afternoon.
win takes Invicta up to fourth place in the Eastern Division table and stretches
their unbeaten league run to 18 matches.
night’s game was played amidst incessant rain, but the good playing surface
always looked like being to Neil Cugley’s side’s liking.
May had a couple of pot shots at the Invicta goal during the opening five
minutes, but the visitors soon took control from the game’s first few corners.
– who started the season a Gravesend player – opened the scoring in the 12th
minute when a Tim Hambley shot was blocked for the game’s first corner
following a great ball from Paul Lamb. The latter moved across to the right to
take the set piece which came back out to HOGG whose deflected shot from the
edge of the penalty area went through a crowd of players and just crossed the
line past debutant goalkeeper Jamie Delo.
have had their fair share of goalkeeping problems in recent weeks and Delo’s
night was not to get any better.
were close again after 26 minutes when Delo pushed a Tait shot over for another
Lamb corner which James Dryden headed against the crossbar.
visitors made it 2-0 from the game’s third corner when Chandler played the
ball in from the left and TAIT was there to convert what was Invicta’s 100th
goal of the season in all competitions.
created another chance for himself with a drag back after 33 minutes from a Lamb
ball but this time shot at goalkeeper Delo.
best chance of the first half came when John Butler’s far post shot was
cleared off the line following a good Tony Kessell save from Tostoa Kwashi after
a free kick from the left.
was close again after 44 minutes when goalkeeper Delo lost a great Micheal
Everitt ball in from the right.
carried on from where they had left off after the interval as John Guest’s
cross form the left just eluded Dryden at the far post after 47 minutes.
it was 3-0 after 49 minutes when TAIT forced the ball over the line from close
range when Chandler got to the bye line down the right and sent the ball over to
Dryden on the left who created the initial opening for Lamb.
was the creator again when he received the ball from Everitt and crossed from
the left for CHANDLER to make it 4-0 at the far post after 54 minutes.
was denied after 56 minutes when Tommy Osborne cleared his chip off the line and
centre half Guest volleyed wide when Lamb dinked the ball in after 62 minutes.
won their first corner of the game after 72 minutes, but it was 5-0 a minute
later when TAIT smashed the ball into the roof of the net to complete his third
hat-trick in Invicta colours after Dryden had let the ball run into his path
from Adam Flanagan’s left wing cross.
such a comfortable lead, Invicta could afford the luxury of an unbelievable miss
from striker Dryden after 75 minutes. The striker somehow fluffed his lines when
a Tait ball was missed by goalkeeper Delo to present Dryden with a complete open
goal, only for him to somehow mis-cue. Dryden has now gone 14 games without a
goal and needed a goal more than anybody in Invicta colours.
was now playing a more withdrawn midfield role as substitutes Ayling and Lee
Blackman partnered Tait in a three-pronged attack.
AYLING duly made it 6-0 after 81 minutes with a classy chip into the net when he
showed typically sublime skill to take the ball through after another Chandler
cross from the left.
was the cue for Invicta to give a run out to reserve goalkeeper Paul Egan in
place of former Dartford custodian Kessell.
shot wide when Blackman chested the ball down for him after 87 minutes and Lamb
found Chandler in space on the right hand side, only for Delo to save with his
feet this time.
Sampson’s Dartford side grabbed a consolation goal when KWASHI headed in Danny
Tingley’s cross form the right after Jay May had played the ball out wide
following a free kick.
Delo, Tingley, Osborne, Butler, Ratchford, L. May, Kwashi, Ansell, J. May,
Elliott (Cunningham 60 mins), Nunn (Foley 45 mins).
Unused subs: C. Tedder, Nicholls, J. Tedder.
INVICTA: Kessell (Egan 81 mins), Everitt, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Chandler,
Hambley (Blackman 73 mins), Munday, Dryden, Tait, Hogg (Ayling 66 mins).
Unused subs: Watkins, Dyson.