Matata's early goal settles entertaining Kent derby
|Ryman Premier League||Richard Murrill reports from Buzzlines Stadium|
|Folkestone Invicta||1||Matata 12|
A 12th minute goal from Walid Matata gave Folkestone Invicta a good start to 2006 as they narrowly overcame Bromley at the Buzzlines Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, writes Richard Murrill.
The former Dover Athletic striker hit his first home goal for the club and his second strike in consecutive matches when he slotted the ball into the net as Paul Jones pulled the ball back from the right hand side of the box after Stuart Myall had been caught when he played the ball through.
But Bromley responded well and will feel that they deserved at least a share of the spoils in a game which saw chances at both ends.
two sides had drawn 3-3 at
But Bromley captain Willy’s involvement in this encounter was to finish prematurely as he had to go off in the 18th minute to be replaced by one-time Invicta player Barry Gardner.
Bromley’s top goalscorer Nic McDonnell had a chance after 21 minutes but couldn’t get the ball past goalkeeper Tony Kessell when a cross came in from the left.
And Danny Carroll hit the foot of the post for Bromley a minute later when a cross from the left was headed back across goal into his path.
Kessell then touched over a 30-yard screamer from Adam Locke for the game’s first corner after 26 minutes and Invicta’s Paul Lamb had to clear off the line at the far post from Colin Luckett’s subsequent set piece on the right.
It was end to end stuff as within a minute Bromley goalkeeper Andy Walker made a good save to deny Matata a second goal following a great ball from Myall.
Martin Chandler shot just wide for Invicta on the half hour mark when captain Adam Flanagan touched the ball back to him.
McDonnell shot wide in the box for Bromley after 41 minutes and the visitors continued to create chances during first half stoppage time as Des Boateng headed just wide of the far post from Luckett’s left wing cross, James Everitt cleared following a cross from the right and McDonnell volleyed wide.
McDonnell had another opportunity to equalise after 55 minutes when he headed wide from close range as Luckett dinked the ball into the middle in a move also involving Gary Drewett down the left hand side.
was close again in the 67th minute when Kessell got a touch
as the former
the other end, goalkeeper Walker came to Bromley’s rescue again after
73 minutes when he denied Jones after
The 369 crowd was Invicta’s highest home attendance so far this season, a figure soon to be overtaken by Saturday’s visit of AFC Wimbledon.
three new signings – Stuart Playford, Chris Wright and James Fraser
– were all unused substitutes.
Invicta: Kessell, Watson, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, J. Everitt,