Invicta continue their revival
|Ryman Premier League
|Richard Murrill reports from Buzzlines Stadium
Folkestone Invicta made it three 1-0 wins in eight days as a 71st minute goal from Simon Glover gave Neil Cugley’s side a hard-fought win over Billericay Town at the Buzzlines Stadium on Monday night, writes Richard Murrill.
Glover scored the all-important goal with a great finish when he chested the ball down and fired into the net after a Stuart Myall throw from the left hand side.
The goal meant that Invicta continued their revival after a slow start to the season against a Billericay side which had not previously lost away from home this season but which has not now scored in three meetings since Invicta switched to the Ryman League.
Invicta went into the game with an unchanged starting line up in a game re-arranged after being abandoned due to floodlight failure back in August.
There had been no goals that night and the first half here was equally tight. Billericay had the early half chances as John Guest headed out for the game’s first corner when Ross Wareham crossed from the right after six minutes, Wareham himself shot wide after eight minutes and Leon Hunter fired over from 25 yards after ten minutes.
Invicta had to wait until the 41st minute for their first real chance of the game which produced some excellent play as Billericay goalkeeper Dale Brightly did very well to keep out James Dryden’s diving header when Myall played the ball in from the right.
Dryden then tee-d the ball up for himself and shot over three minutes later.
There were to be more chances after the interval as a Micheal Everitt shot looped at goalkeeper Brightly at one end after 48 minutes and striker Nathan Elder headed just over for Billericay at the other following a cross from the left after 55 minutes.
Billericay full back Matt Game put the ball past his own post after 56 minutes and Guest headed over Myall’s corner from the left.
Invicta were desperately unlucky on the hour when Dryden headed against the post when after Guest had headed on a Paul Lamb free kick.
James Everitt cleared from Billericay captain Jamie Dormer in the Invicta box after 67 minutes and Glover’s goal three minutes later broke the deadlock.
Billericay responded in positive fashion as substitute Neil Cousins didn’t get enough power on his header when Dormer played the ball in from the left after 76 minutes and Guest cleared for a corner when Adam Parker threaded a good ball through to Cousins a minute later.
Elder showed good strength to take the ball on and fire a low shot at Tony Kessell after 78 minutes and Hunter shot over from distance as Billericay pressed for an equaliser two minutes later.
But the visitors were reduced to ten men after 82 minutes when Cousins received a straight red card for a slap on Invicta defender Steve Norman.
Billericay’s Hunter was also booked after 87 minutes.
Invicta were able to celebrate their first home league win of the season
in Paul Parker’s first home match as assistant manager.
Invicta: Kessell, J.
Everitt, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, M. Everitt, Myall, Dryden, Glover
(Neilson 87), Norman. Subs:
Sly, Watson, Rainbow, Mann.
Town: Brightly, Game, Kerrigan, McSweeney, Dobson, Dormer, Parker, Hunter,
Elder, Hockton (Cousins 69), Wareham.
Unused subs: Lay, Simmons, Smith, Capleton.