Folkestone maintain promotion push
James Dryden's early strike beats Kent rivals
Folkestone Invicta 1-0 Dartford
Saturday 13 March 2004
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
by Richard Murrill
A fifth minute goal from striker James Dryden gave Folkestone Invicta all three points as they maintained their challenge in the top four of the Dr Martens League Eastern Division.
early goal was not, as it turned out, to act as a springboard for any kind of a
repeat of the six goals Invicta had scored against Dartford three weeks earlier.
the points proved valuable for Invicta as the three sides above them in the
table all drew.
turned out to be the only goal of the game was a good one as Tim Hambley showed
excellent vision to play the ball into space in the penalty area for DRYDEN to
latch onto it and apply a sweet finish.
Dryden it was a second goal in consecutive matches following the sale of top
goalscorer Allan Tait to Crawley Town and it was an important contribution from
Hambley, who returned to the side after a calf injury in a more attacking role
was involved again after 33 minutes when he played the ball into the stretching
Martin Chandler who volleyed at goalkeeper Jimmy Simpson.
were close to increasing their lead after 40 minutes when Dryden played the ball
into the path of Micheal Everitt and the right back’s shot was deflected just
wide of the post for a corner.
Munday was close with a header after 62 minutes from a Chandler corner on the
left, but Simpson palmed the ball away and it was cleared by a defender for
Hogg shot over with a good chance after 79 minutes when substitute Lee Blackman
combined with Everitt.
had a late chance to equalise when striker Paul Sykes shot into the side netting
after 83 minutes with the visitor’s only real chance of the game when a sliced
Munday clearance went back into the Invicta penalty area.
goalkeeper Simpson made a good save from Hogg during stoppage time after the
midfielder had got in behind defender Barry Gibson.
INVICTA: Kessell, Everitt, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, Chandler, Munday,
Dryden, Hambley (Blackman 77 mins), Hogg.
Unused subs: Walker, Winfield, Watkins, Mann.
Simpson, Gibson, Osborne, C. Tedder, Ratchford, McClements, Kwashi, Hales,
Sykes, May (Ansell 45 mins), Fagan (Nicholls 81 mins).
Unused subs: Potter, Avery, J. Tedder.