|Richard Murrill reports from New Lodge|
|Folkestone Invicta||1||Sykes 27|
New Lodge misery continues for Folkestone
Folkestone Invicta’s six-match unbeaten run came to an end when they were beaten by an 86th minute free kick away to Chelmsford City at Billericay Town’s New Lodge on Saturday afternoon.
This is not a
happy hunting ground for Invicta who drew 0-0 away to Billericay themselves back
at the start of September but have now lost on all five visits to play
side had opened the scoring on the quarter of an hour mark through new signing
Andy Arabsibia, but Invicta were level in the 27th minute through
former Dartford striker Paul Sykes.
winner came from substitute Sammy COOPER whose free kick from the left hand side
went through a crowd of players in the penalty area and crept straight in at the
Invicta had to
adjust their defence going into the game as already without the suspended Adam
Flanagan, they also lost right back Kevin Watson who failed a pre-match fitness
test on a groin injury.
It is perhaps
significant that Invicta have lost all three matches which Essex resident
Flanagan has missed this season.
these two clubs are usually open affairs and this encounter was typically end to
end from the start.
volleyed over for Chelmsford when the inventive Garry Cross played the ball in
from the left hand side after seven minutes.
And the Essex
side struck the first blow following a mix up between Invicta centre halves John
Guest and Steve Norman which put ARABSIBIA through. The striker then went past
stranded goalkeeper Tony Kessell and played the ball into the net despite the
efforts of Micheal Everitt to clear off the line.
then headed wide when the ball came in from the right after 24 minutes.
were level two minutes later when Andy Burke unlocked the home defence with a
great through ball which was followed by an equally good finish from SYKES who
shot across goal and in from the right hand side of the box.
out a great long distance strike from Cross after 32 minutes and George Lay shot
high an wide three minutes later with another chance when Cross set him up
following a clearance from home goalkeeper Paul Nicholls.
goalscorer Sykes hit a snapshot at Nicholls after 36 minutes when Burke’s free
kick from the right fell to him at the far post.
hit a low shot at Kessell after running down the middle in the 43rd
found themselves under pressure at the start of the second half when Chelmsford
went close three times in as many minutes.
went desperately close to restoring his side’s lead within 30 seconds of the
re-start, Steve Butterworth was then close when he let fly from the right hand
side in the 47th minute and Lay then shot across the Invicta goal a
responded and a James Dryden shot was cleared off the line by right back Liam
Hopkins when Guest met an Everit corner from the right after 49 minutes.
chances at both ends after 51 minutes when Ansell didn’t get enough power on
his shot for Chelmsford and Adam Holmes did well to block a Sykes shot when
Simon Glover raced past Hopkins down the left.
Invicta had to
adjust when John Walker replaced Sykes after 63 minutes with the substitute
coming on at right back, Everitt moving up into midfield and Glover partnering
Dryden in attack.
started to enjoy the bulk of possession and a Walker shot was touched round the
post by Nicholls after 73 minutes in a move involving Paul Lamb and Mark Munday.
best chance of taking the lead followed after 75 minutes when Nicholls did very
well to push a pount blank Dryden header over the crossbar for another Invicta
been a fitness doubt for Chelmsford before the game and did not come on until
the 81st minute, but the substitute’s late winner was to give
caretaker manager Aidan Boxall all three points.
corner count of 8-1 in Invicta’s favour suggests that the visitors might have
been worth a third successive away league draw.
But with the
Folkestone side’s track record at New Lodge the Folkestone side may not be too
sorry when Chelmsford return home to a new ground at Melbourne for next season.
Invicta league match for the first time since the club’s move up to the Dr
Martens League in the summer of 1998 was supporter of the year Derek Miller, who
was laid up with a bad back and hoping to be fit for December 27’s eagerly
anticipated home derby with Dover Athletic.
CITY: Nicholls, Hopkins, Holmes, Clarke, O’Connell, Parmenter, Cross,
Arabsibia (Hawes 89), Ansell, Butterworth, Lay (Cooper 80).
Unused subs: Stewart, Basham, Crumpen.
INVICTA: Kessell, Glover, Lamb, Norman, Guest, Lindsey (Neilson 87) , M. Everitt,
Munday, Dryden, Sykes (Walker 63), Burke. Unused subs: Coleman, J. Everitt,