Folkestone leave it late
Invicta stretch unbeaten league run to 23 games
Town 0-3 Folkestone Invicta
Saturday 20 March 2004
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
by Richard Murrill
goals in the closing
minutes from striker James Dryden put a flattering slant on the final
scoreline as Folkestone Invicta stretched their unbeaten run in the Dr Martens
League Eastern Division to 23 matches with a 3-0 win amidst windy conditions
away to Chatham Town on Saturday afternoon.
goals take his recent tally to five in the last four matches since the departure
of Allan Tait and injury to John Ayling have seen him assume the role of
Invicta’s only recognised striker in the starting eleven.
had looked as though a first half goal from Drew Watkins was going to be enough
to settle the game in Invicta’s favour.
Cray Wanderers player, WATKINS had opened the scoring after 35 minutes with a
good low finish across goal when Anthony Hogg played the ball out to him on the
right hand side after Paul Lamb’s attempted pass to Dryden had been headed
had to wait until the 89th minute for their second goal when an
attempted clearance was closed down by DRYDEN and the ball ricocheted into the
air off his foot and flew over goalkeeper Gavin Hopper when a good ball from
John Guest was headed out.
struck again during stoppage time when he broke down the left hand side, cut in
and shot across goal into the far corner of the net.
game thus ended with a late Invicta flurry and Dryden was denied a second
hat-trick of the season against Chatham when he broke down the left again deep
into stoppage time and shot just wide, with the stretching Lee Blackman just
unable to turn the ball in at the far post.
half Guest then scooped the ball just over the crossbar when goalkeeper Hopper
fumbled a Dryden following a Lamb free kick.
Blackman had earlier headed against the crossbar after 85 minutes following a
Martin Chandler volley.
had been a different story during the first half when Chatham created the vast
majority of the chances with the strong wind at their backs at Maidstone Road.
Hafner chipped over from 25 yards after five minutes and striker Frannie Collin
shot high and wide in the ninth minute when Doug Kedwell put him through after
getting away from Guest.
Spriggs didn’t make enough contact when a Hafner cross from the right was
headed on in the middle after 19 minutes, while at the other end a Dryden shot
was blocked for a corner two minutes later when Chatham captain Tom Binks sliced
his clearance after Hogg had played the ball into the box.
brought the ball down and forced a save from Tony Kessell with a low shot across
goal after 27 minutes and Kessell was called into action again a minute later
when Spriggs let fly from outside the penalty area.
Spriggs free kick then flew just wide of the post after 32 minutes when Invicta
captain Scott Lindsey brought Hafner down near the edge of the penalty area.
goal came against the run of play, but put Invicta in the driving seat.
were few and far between at the start of the second half and Hogg did not get
enough power on his shot after 52 minutes.
showed great perseverance to keep the ball in play on the right hand side after
74 minutes and shot just over when he cut in after a combination of Chandler and
Lindsey had got the ball clear.
Invicta player Hafner shot wide when the ball fell to him on the left hand side
of the box after 76 minutes and the same player shot wide when he ran to the
edge of the area after 87 minutes.
Dryden’s late goals were to put some distance between them and their fellow
Kent opponents by the final whistle.
Folkestone Invicta travel to Ryman League Division One South outfit Bromley on Tuesday in the John Ullman Kent Senior Cup Semi-Final at The Clive Christian Stadium in Hayes Lane, kick off 7.45pm
TOWN: Hopper, Binks, Larkin, Driscoll, Boyle, Douglas (Brookes 74 mins),
Spriggs, Billinness, Collin, Kedwell (Hassett 74 mins), Hafner.
Unused subs: Berkhauer, Lombardo, Armond.
INVICTA: Kessell, Everitt, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, Chandler, Munday,
Dryden, Watkins (Blackman 76 mins), Hogg (Walker 90 mins).
Unused sub: Dyson.