Ashford Town 1 Folkestone Invicta 1
ASHFORD TOWN 1-1 FOLKESTONE INVICTA
Wednesday 19th July 2006
Stephen McCartney reports from The Homelands
Ashford Town striker Richard Sinden’s last-gasp equaliser made sure honours were even during a dour east Kent derby on a rain starved pitch at the Homelands tonight.
The former Maidstone United and Hythe Town striker latched onto a through ball before rounding Tony Kessell and slotting home.
Folkestone Invicta’s central defender Lee Shearer thought his 63rd minute header had won the game for the Ryman Premier League visitors.
Shearer met Kevin Watson’s deep hanging far post corner and nodded home from close range.
Neil Cugley’s side, playing their third game compared to this being Ashford Town’s first outing, had enough chances to win the game - hitting the woodwork three times.
Ashford Town, who have yet signed any players for the new season, welcomed back Simon Glover and the midfielder is also known to Folkestone Invicta fans during his time at Cheriton Road.
The Ryman League Division One South hosts, meanwhile, twice went close on the stroke of half-time through Kenny Jarrett-Elliott and former Lyon first teamer, Goran Jerkovic.
But they had goalkeeper Simon Overland to thank for keeping them in the game, that got better as it wore on, as the tall goalkeeper, whose on a season’s loan from Nationwide Conference side Dagenham & Redbridge, made a string of fine saves late in the game to prevent Folkestone increasing their lead.
Sinden, meanwhile, was on hand to open his account for the pre-season campaign with virtually the last kick of the game.
Both sides fielded Frenchmen, with Simo Kayo Bertin, impressing during the second half for Folkestone.
The 21-year-old played for Solihull Borough last season but has now moved south, living in Dover.
And there is another Matata that’s been introduced to Kent football. Walid’s brother Hashim came off the bench to play for Ashford Town. But the Tottenham based pair arrived at the ground late due to delays en-route to Ashford.We shall bring you an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with John Cumberbatch, the joint-manager of Ashford Town later .
Ashford Town: Simon Overland, Tom Adlington, Marc Cumberbatch, Anthony Allman, Stuart Playford, Barry Crawford, Joff Thorogood, Simon Glover, Richard Sinden, Goran Jerkovic, Kenny Jarrett-Elliott.
Subs: A number of unnamed trialists, and Gary Clarke, Ian Ross, Peter Mortley, Hashim Matata.
Goal: Richard Sinden 90
Folkestone Invicta: Tony Kessell, James Everett (Kevin Watson 66), Paul Lamb (Steve Norman 45), Adam Flanagan, Lee Shearer, Liam Friend, Martin Chandler (Joe Nielson 66), Stuart Myall, Paul Jones (Simon Rainbow 66), Rob Knott (Walid Matata 45), Matt Caruthers (Simo Kayo Bertin 45).
Goal: Lee Shearer 63
Referee: Mr Ian Cooper (Rochester)
Assistants: Mr Mark Cheesman & Mr Jon Gooding