|Richard Murrill reports from the Westbourne Stadium
|Simon Glover 8
Folkestone enjoy home comforts
Folkestone Invicta made it six successive home wins in all competitions when Simon Glover’s ninth minute header gave Neil Cugley’s side all three points against high-flying Billericay Town at the Westbourne Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Essex side came to Folkestone second in the table, but the only goal of the game
came when GLOVER headed in at the far post when Micheal Everitt’s corner from
the left was flicked on.
was the first corner of the game and the only one which Invicta won during the
first half and it proved to be decisive.
on the other hand forced an incredible 17 corners during the first half alone
when the wind was in their favour and 20 throughout the match without replying
to Glover’s effort.
Edinburgh’s side have the best defensive record in the Ryman Premier League so
far this season, but Invicta’s resolute defence and goalkeeper Tony Kessell
can again take plaudits as they weathered the first half storm.
gave a full league debut to 17-year-old James Everitt at right back and had the
game’s first chance when Paul Lamb found James Dryden on the left hand side in
the fifth minute and the subsequent cross flew just in front of Paul Sykes in
that was soon followed by Glover’s goal.
Steve Norman made a vital interception to deny Billericay striker Nathan Elder
in the box as Billericay attacked after 17 minutes.
visitors forced corner after corner as James Everitt cleared from close to the
Invicta line after 19 minutes and goalkeeper Kessell touched the ball over via
Jamie Dorner’s shot from outside the penalty area then deflected for yet
another corner in the 30th minute.
then headed over in the middle after 37 minutes when right back Dave
McSweeney’s cross was nodded on.
Everitt then cleared again as Billericay won yet more consecutive corners after
were close in the 47th minute when Dormer found Neil Cousins on the
left and his cross flew just in front of striker Elder in the middle in what was
almost a replica of Invicta’s early chance from a similar position in the
the home side began to create more chances of their own as Dryden had a couple
of attempts towards the hour mark and defender Pat Sappleton recovered to stop
Sykes as he was about to let fly after 62 minutes when John Guest’s ball
forward put the Invicta striker in behind the defender.
got forward at the other end to go desperately close after 69 minutes from a
Kerian Gallagher free kick when James Everitt was penalised.
Invicta could have struck again when the ball ran away from Dryden after 71
minutes when Micheal Everitt put him through after substitute Mark Munday found
Lamb on the left hand side.
experienced Billericay centre half Robin Trott made a saving last ditch tackle
to deny James Everitt when the debutant found himself put through the middle
after 77 minutes.
It was Billericay's first defeat in eight league games and Invicta are now ninth in the Ryman Premier League table.
FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Kessell, J. Everitt, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, M. Everitt, Glover (Munday 54), Dryden, Sykes (Neilson 89), Norman. Unused subs: Walker, Dyson, Morrin.
BILLERICAY TOWN: Gothard, McSweeney, Kerrigan, Sappleton, Trott, Dormer, Game, Hunter, Elder, Cousins, Gallagher. Unused subs: Stone, Poole, Simmons, Limbrick, Wayman.