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|Richard Murrill reports from Sparshatts Stadium|
|Folkestone Invicta||1||Lamb 90|
Lamb is a saint for last-gasp Invicta
last gasp strike from Paul Lamb saved the day for Folkestone Invicta as they
gained a point from Saturday’s visit to a wet Sparshatts Stadium.
LAMB hit an
absolute screamer into the bottom right hand corner of the net when a Drew
Watkins free kick came back out to him just outside the penalty area in the
third minute of stoppage time.
time to kick off before referee Bernard Baker from Andover blew for full time.
left back Lamb could not have struck his dramatic late equaliser any better and
it was all the more remarkable as it came with the right leg he normally uses
for standing on. The sensational strike sparked joyous celebrations amongst the
Invicta players and sent them off in good spirits for a team-bonding night out
in nearby Southampton.
It had looked
as though Eastleigh were heading for a third successive win over Invicta thanks
to a 30th minute header from centre forward James Stokoe.
welcomed back legendary 40-year-old goalkeeper Maurice Munden in place of the
injured Tony Kessell, with Watkins moving into the heart of the defence in place
of the suspended John Guest, with John Walker coming in at right back.
Cugley’s side made an encouraging start amidst heavy rain and Eastleigh
goalkeeper Colin Matthews did well to get down to his right and touch a low
Micheal Everitt shot round the post for the game’s first corner after 12
minutes when Simon Glover cut in from the left after a move started by Everitt
himself on his 100th starting appearance for his hometown club.
pushed a deflected Glover shot over the crossbar after 20 minutes when a good
ball from Walker presented the visitors with a good chance down the right.
At the other
end, Munden did well to touch Eastleigh captain Martin Thomas’ shot round the
post for the home side’s first corner of the game after 22 minutes.
And STOKOE put
the home side ahead when he headed in Sam Wyeth’s cross from the right.
created chances at the start of the second half as big Eastleigh goalkeeper
Matthews touched James Dryden’s 47th minute free kick over the
crossbar after Lee Bright had fouled Glover.
himself had a chance to equalise but shot tamely at Matthews when put through
down the middle a minute later.
skipper Scott Lindsey made way for the previous weekend’s 16-year-old
goalscoring hero Luke Coleman after 65 minutes, with Martin Chandler donning the
But the game
did not really come to life until the closing stages.
substitute Martin Beck whipped in a couple of dangerous crosses from the left
and Munden pushed substitute Stewart Beck’s shot from the edge of the penalty
area over the crossbar in the 86th minute.
fitted in well as Kessell’s replacement but received a yellow card after 87
minutes for kicking out at Stewart Beck as the Eastleigh substitute impended him
from clearing the ball.
It did not
look like being Invicta’s day as Dryden dinked the ball over the crossbar when
a Lamb kick was touched on after 88 minutes and an off balance Coleman shot over
from close range as he appealed for shirt pulling in the 90th minute.
Rob Marshall and Wyeth were both booked for dissent as Invicta were awarded a
free kick close to the half way line.
first goal of the season was to turn the game on its head.
Matthews, Wyeth, Ashford, Thomas, Bright, Marshall, Smith, Proctor (M. Beck 75
mins), Stokoe (S. Beck 81 mins), Banger (Hunt 85 mins), Warren.
Unused subs: Hayes.
INVICTA: Munden, Watkins, Lamb, Flanagan, Walker, Lindsey (Coleman 65 mins),
Chandler, Munday, Dryden, Everitt, Glover.
Unused subs: Dyson, Spearpoint, Morrin.