Invicta show spirit
HONOURS EVEN: Hosts produce battling display against high-flying Fleet
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.
Invicta’s Joe Neilson gives chase against Fleet at Cheriton Road on Saturday