Fourth placed Folkestone destroy Fleet
Ayling hat-trick piles more misery on bottom-of-the-table Fleet
Fleet Town 2-6 Folkestone Invicta
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
Saturday 28 February 2004
by Richard Murrill
John Ayling grabbed a hat-trick as Folkestone Invicta helped themselves to a 6-2 win away to bottom-of-the-table Fleet Town at Calthorpe Park on Saturday afternoon.
were twice behind during the first half but came back to go in 2-2 at half time
and were awarded three penalties after the interval.
was only in the starting line up due to a calf injury in the warm up to Tim
Hambley who has renewed his loan spell from Welling United for a third month.
was the second successive match in which Invicta have tasted the joy of six
after their half a dozen against Dartford in midweek and the second time this
season they have put six past Fleet.
yet the Hampshire side had made a good start in the light snow.
hearts were in their mouths when goalkeeper Tony Kessell made contact to bring
Eddie Smith down when a ball over the defence sent the striker away down the
right hand side. Kessell escaped with just a yellow card, but Fleet were to open
the scoring from the subsequent free kick after 14 minutes when Shaun HALE
converted a well-struck set piece from the edge of the area.
visitors were level after 20 minutes when centre half Adam FLANAGAN headed in a
Paul Lamb free kick from the right following a foul on James Dryden.
restored their lead after 26 minutes when a quick thrown in from Hale found
SMITH unmarked down the left hand side and he hit a sweet chip over Kessell.
Invicta were level again within a minute when AYLING showed great skill to work
himself through and smashed the ball into the net.
fired over from 25 yards in the 45th minute as the sides went in
level at half time.
Invicta were ahead for the first time after 49 minutes when a Lamb free kick was
volleyed in AYLING following a foul on Allan Tait by Tony Millerick.
then had a shot cleared off the line when a Martin Chandler corner from the left
fell to him at the far post and an Anthony Hogg shot was saved by home
goalkeeper Calvin Sparshatt after 55 minutes.
were awarded their first penalty after 59 minutes when a Lamb cross struck home
captain Ian Saunders on the hand and CHANDLER stepped up to convert the penalty
to goalkeeper Sparshatt’s right.
were given another penalty for handball after 66 minutes when Lee Blakely
handled Tait’s shot on the line after Sparshatt had saved from Hogg. But this
time the Fleet goalkeeper got down to save Chandler’s spot kick.
Munday was close following Lamb’s 75th minute corner from the right
and Sparshatt touched over Dryden’s shot from the right hand edge of the box
after 78 minutes.
conceded his second penalty of the game and was duly booked for bringing Ayling
down after 81 minutes and the 21-year-old striker completed his hat-trick with a
low penalty to Sparshatt’s left.
Lee BLACKMAN completed the scoring in the 90th minute when Hogg
dinked the ball in after a short Chandler corner from the left.
well as Kessell and Blakely, there were also bookings for Fleet’s Craig Anstey
(late challenge on Flanagan after 72 minutes), Saunders (foul on Ayling after 80
minutes) and Smith (late tackle after 83 minutes) and for Invicta’s Flanagan
(pulling Richard Mealey back after 56 minutes) and Micheal Everitt (foul on Hale
after 62 minutes).
Sparshatt, Dalton (Byfield 86 mins), Millerick, Hare (Leworthy 62 mins),
Blakely, Saunders, Boyle (Black 62 mins), Anstey, Mealey, Smith, Hale.
Unused subs: Buckland, May.
INVICTA: Kessell, Everitt,
Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Ayling, Chandler, Munday (Lindsey 79 mins), Dryden, Tait
(Blackman 79 mins), Hogg. Unused
subs: Watkins, Dyson.
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