Thursday 01st September 2005


Tuesday 20 July 2004 Pre-Season Friendly Richard Murrill reports from Southwood Stadium


Mo Takalobigashi 28, Graham Taylor 57, Shaun Brown 78
Folkestone Invicta


James Dryden 34, Simon Glover 84

Folkestone Invicta were beaten 3-2 away to Ramsgate in Tuesday night’s pre-season friendly at Southwood.

The home side opened the scoring after 28 minutes when former Margate striker Mo TAKALOBIGASHI lobbed goalkeeper Danny Morrin when defender John Guest could only head the ball out to him.

Young goalkeeper Morrin was making his first starting appearance for Invicta after a summer move from Maidstone United as manager Neil Cugley gave the night off to regular custodian Tony Kessell and other players from further afield such as Adam Flanagan, Drew Watkins, Anthony Hogg and Dean Standen.

Invicta were level after 34 minutes thanks to a glancing header from James DRYDEN when Paul Lamb played a corner in from the right.

Ramsgate restored their lead when one of their substitutes converted a cross after 57 minutes.

And the same player, on trial with the Kent League club, made it 3-1 after 78 minutes when he converted at the near post after a poor through from goalkeeper Morrin put Micheal Everitt into trouble.

Summer signing Simon GLOVER pulled a goal back after 84 minutes when he headed the ball home after Thanet resident Mark Munday had headed the ball back across goal following a great ball from Martin Chandler.

Invicta could have saved the day during the closing minutes as first Dryden went close when put through and then Ramsgate’s substitute goalkeeper pulled off a top quality save to keep out a John Walker strike which had seemed destined for the back of the net.

And Walker’s fellow defender Guest was denied a last ditch equaliser when he put the ball over the goalkeeper only for the ball to be cleared off the line.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Morrin, Everitt, Lamb, Walker, Guest, Lindsey (Munday 63 mins), Chandler (Lindsey 86 mins), Munday (Rook 34 mins), Dryden, Glover, Blackman (Dyson 69 mins).