|Richard Murrill reports from White Lion Ground|
Jolly 66, 85
Stones enjoy a Jolly good time in Edgware
Folkestone Invicta’s poor away record this season continued on
Saturday when they suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Wealdstone at a
muddy White Lion Ground.
Invicta have won just one away match so far this season in the Ryman
Premier League when they romped to a 4-0 win at Leyton back in August.
And Neil Cugley’s side are now in danger of being sucked right back
into the relegation dogfight after this latest setback in an increasingly close
Invicta’s week had been dominated by reaction to the previous
Saturday’s bizarre events surrounding referee Gavin Hoare and the Folkestone
side would have been looking to come back with at least a draw in their first
match of the post-Hoare era.
Fallen giants Wealdstone now groundshare with Edgware Town and after
being used twice in midweek the pitch was barely playable and the game was
subject to a couple of pre-match pitch inspections.
Invicta had early chances as a James Everitt shot was charged down in
the fourth minute and centre half Adam Flanagan got forward to hook the ball
wide after a free kick was played across from the right to Mark Munday after
A minute later James Dryden’s shot across goal from the left hand side
got stuck in the mud as Invicta threatened again.
But Wealdstone themselves began to settle and striker Jermaine Beckford
shot into the side netting after 16 minutes when a ball over the defence left
him one-on-one with Steve Norman down the right hand side following an Invicta
attack at the other end.
And the ‘home’ side opened the scoring in the 18th minute
courtesy of a great strike from the left hand edge of the box by Tommy
Wealdstone had a clear chance to increase their lead after 23 minutes
when Beckford fluffed his lines and goalkeeper Tony Kessell was able to avert
the danger following a slip by Norman.
Beckford then cut in form the right hand side and shot over a minute
later after appearing to foul Norman.
Lee O’Leary’s free kick from the right was headed just wide by big
centre half Dave Ryan after 34 minutes, while a minute later Invicta striker
Paul Sykes lobbed wide when Flanagan’s ball over the Wealdstone defence
presented him with a chance.
Richard Jolly shot wide when Wealdstone looked certain to increase their
lead after 37 minutes when Beckford played the ball in from the left after John
Guest sliced his clearance.
At the other end, Dryden got power on his shot a minute later from the
left hand side of the box but goalkeeper Andy Carter touched the ball over
Wealdstone were desperately close again during first half stoppage time
when O’Leary shot against the post and Jolly was unable to force the ball over
the line when a second goal looked certain.
Sykes shot over after 53 minutes as Invicta sought a way back into the
game during the second half in a move the striker started and which also
involved the Everitt brothers Micheal and James.
A good shot on the turn from Jolly was comfortably dealt with by Kessell
after 56 minutes, whilst a minute later Flanagan shot just wide on the turn
after a Norman free kick.
Sykes’ header was headed off the line at the far post when the Invicta
striker met a Micheal Everitt corner from the right hand side after 63 minutes.
But Invicta got caught out at the back in the 66th minute when Beckford
unselfishly squared the ball back from the left hand side for striking partner
JOLLY to make it 2-0.
Beckford lobbed wide when put through and given on-side after 71
Dryden then missed a good chance for Invicta at the far post after 79
minutes as he shot wide when Guest met a Norman free kick.
Micheal Everitt shot wide when Paul Lamb’s shot was charged down in
the Wealdstone box after 83 minutes.
Micheal Everitt then did well to put Sykes through in the 88th
minute but the striker blasted a bobbling ball wide when he got in behind the
And JOLLY made it 3-0 when substitute Norbert Michnowicz put him through
down the right hand side of the box and he found the net with a low shot across
goal. That gave Wealdsotne full revenge for their defeat by the same scoreline
at the Westbourne Stadium back in September.
Wealdstone’s Martin Carter was the game’s only booking for
time-wasting at a throw in as early as the 52nd minute.
WEALDSTONE: A. Carter, Shaw, Cahill, O’Leary, Ryan,
M. Carter, Williams, McKeown (Morton 51 mins), Beckford (Alexander 90 mins),
Jolly, Burrell (Michnowicz 77 mins). Unused
subs: Fisher, Carvell.
INVICTA: Kessell, J. Everitt, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, M. Everitt, Munday
(Neilson 66 mins), Dryden, Sykes, Norman. Unused subs: Glover, Walker, Coleman,