In­victa show spirit

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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

FOLKE­STONE In­victa pro­duced an im­pres­sive per­for­mance on Satur­day as they drew with third-placed Fleet Town in Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 South.

Field­ing new sign­ings Joe Neil­son and Dar­ren Smith, in place of loa­nee Tayler Thomas and the ab­sent Jimmy Jack­son, the home side pro­duced by far the bet­ter chances but couldn’t find a way past man-of-the­match Paul Smith in the away goal.

In­victa first tested Smith when Josh Vin­cent volleyed straight at him fol­low­ing a fine run by cen­tre-half Liam Friend in the early stages.

Fel­low de­fender Frankie Chap­pell headed straight at Smith from a cor­ner soon af­ter, as did James Everitt from a Dar­ren Smith free-kick.

Fleet cre­ated a cou­ple of chances ei­ther side of the break as top scorer Mark An­der­son and striker Ed­die Smith forced Char­lie Mit­ten into saves but keeper Smith was soon back in the fir­ing line.

Josh Burchell was next to be de­nied as Smith touched his shot over be­fore James Dry­den headed wide sec­onds later.

Chap­pell was stopped for a sec­ond time in the 70th minute, but the chance of the game fell to Dry­den four min­utes later when he coolly picked his spot and beat Smith, only to see his shot strike the post.

Late op­por­tu­ni­ties fell to the away side through Ed­die Smith and Steve Hem­mings, but the score re­mained goal-less.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1517947

In­victa’s Joe Neil­son gives chase against Fleet at Cheri­ton Road on Satur­day

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