|Saturday 7 August 2004||Pre-Season Friendly||Richard Murrill reports from Westbourne Stadium|
|Folkestone Invicta||1||James Dryden 28|
|Welling United||3||Paul Booth 19,44,79|
Fans watch Booth net a hat-trick
A hat-trick from
striker Paul Booth gave Welling United victory as Folkestone Invicta went down
3-1 amidst glorious sunshine in their final pre-season friendly of the summer at
the Westbourne Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
opened the scoring after 18 minutes when Danny Slatter met one-time Invicta man
Anthony Browne’s cross from the right which evaded young goalkeeper Kieran
Mann who was deputising for regular custodian Tony Kessell (attending a
were level after 22 minutes when Simon Glover’s cross from the left was only
touched out by goalkeeper Martin Brennan and striker James DRYDEN was there to
bury the ball into the net.
was able to use his pace down the flanks as Invicta brought in striker Jamie
Wood, who scored a lot of goals as Cray Wanderers won the Kent League in both
2003 and 2004 under his uncle Ian Jenkins. Wood also scored both goals as Cray
completed the double in 2003 with a 2-0 cup final victory over VCD Athletic at
Invicta’s ground, a game in which Drew Watkins came to the attention and
subsequently signed for the Folkestone club.
had played for Gravesend & Northfleet in an earlier pre-season friendly
against Invicta and looks as though he could be a useful addition to their
restored Welling’s lead when he slotted home when the ball fell to him inside
the penalty area after 43 minutes.
BOOTH stepped up to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot after 78
minutes following a handball decision against defender John Walker when he
charged the ball down from George Lay.
it was the fourth second half penalty at the Town End – three of them disputed
– which Invicta have conceded in their last three friendlies.
manager Paul Parker has assembled an experienced side – with four new signings
from Dover Athletic alone – as they prepare for their first campaign in the
newly-formed Conference South.
Invicta made a bright start as debutant Wood scuffed his shot wide when Micheal
Everitt put him through as early as the fifth minute.
Booth’s first goal, fellow striker Phil Collins put the ball just wide when he
beat goalkeeper Mann to Brennan’s big clearance after 22 minutes, immediately
before the game’s first drinks break.
Dryden’s equaliser, Mann saved another Booth strike when Lee Spiller forced
his way through down the right hand side after 38 minutes.
second goal gave Welling a half time lead and right on the interval Collins
played the ball across goal and just in front of Slatter at the far post.
Martin Chandler shot over from the edge of the penalty area after 73 minutes
following a move involving Scott Lindsey, Dryden and Wood.
Booth’s penalty put the result beyond doubt.
Glover saw his free kick from the edge of the area touched over for a corner by
Brennan after 83 minutes following a foul on former Dover Athletic striker
a hard-fought game there were bookings for Welling’s Danny Lye (foul on Wood
after 60 minutes) and Invicta’s Walker (late tackle after 61 minutes).
lost Jamie Day to a head injury after 58 minutes, while Invicta centre half Adam
Flanagan limped off with an ankle injury after 66 minutes, with Welling’s
Collins also receiving treatment in the same incident.
INVICTA: Mann (Morrin 45
mins), Watkins (Walker 46 mins), Lamb, Flanagan (Lindsey 66 mins), Guest,
Everitt (Wallis 79 mins), Wallis (Chandler 45 mins), Munday (Rook 79 mins),
Dryden (Blackman 79 mins), Wood, Glover.
Brennan, Browne, Wiles, Arnott (Lee 71 mins), Watts, Day (Lay 58 mins), Slatter,
Spiller, Collins, Booth, Lye (Street 79 mins).
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