Off pitch prob­lems start to take toll

FALSE DAWN: In­victa slip to de­feat af­ter new skip­per Dry­den opens scor­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Junior Football -

WITH their off-field prob­lems an on­go­ing con­cern, the fall-out has also be­gun to ef­fect In­victa’s on-field dis­play as they lost at Cray on Tues­day night.

Fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of four de­fend­ers in the past week, in­clud­ing skip­per Lee Gled­hill, Jimmy Dry­den took over as cap­tain and scored the open­ing goal.

How­ever, the home side fought back to take the three points and draw level with In­victa on 24 points of Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 South.

With James Everitt and Matt Bourne sus­pended, Cu­g­ley was forced into five changes, with teenagers Josh Burchell and Josh Vin­cent mak­ing their first se­nior starts and re­turn­ing loa­nee Frankie Chap­pell tak­ing his place in the mid­dle of de­fence along­side Scott Lind­sey and an­other loan sign­ing, Gilling­ham’s Tayler Thomas.

De­spite the changes, In­victa started the brighter, and af­ter Vin­cent hit the side net­ting in the sixth minute, Dry­den headed home a Jimmy Jack­son cross to put the vis­i­tors ahead.

The sides traded chances through Dry­den and Whit­nell, be­fore Whit­nell pounced to equalise for Cray.

Michael Everitt was then guilty of giv­ing the ball away as Cray went 2-1 ahead. The mid­fielder’s pass to Burchell was in­ter­cepted by Kemp­ster, who took ad­van­tage by fir­ing past Mit­ten.

At the start of the sec­ond half, Burchell went close for In­victa and Colin Luck­ett shot wide for Cray, be­fore Whit­nell added to the home team’s lead by tak­ing ad­van­tage of a scram­ble in­side the In­victa area.

A bad night was com­pleted when In­victa lost mid­fielder James Cor­bett through in­jury.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1501270

In­victa’s Jimmy Jack­son drives for­ward against Corinthian Ca­su­als at Cheri­ton Road on Satur­day

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