In­victa stay top de­spite draw

SKIP­PER EVERITT PUTS LEADERS IN FRONT BUT HOME SIDE HIT BACK JUST THREE MIN­UTES LATER TO EARN POINT

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

IN­VICTA had to set­tle for a point but stayed top of Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 South af­ter a scrappy game at a muddy Gor­ings Mead on Satur­day.

Folke­stone fielded the same start­ing line-up for a ninth suc­ces­sive match but were forced into an early change when James Everitt went off with a ham­string prob­lem.

In a first half of few clear-cut chances home striker Sha­heen Sadough chipped across the In­victa goal while YMCA keeper Tony Di-Bernardo was given his big­gest scare by a back pass which hit a bob­ble and went past him but failed to cross the line.

In­victa cen­tre-back Liam Dick­son then saw a 30-yard shot skid past the post shortly be­fore half-time.

Af­ter the in­ter­val, In­victa sub­sti­tute Peter Wil­liams shot at Di-Bernardo fol­low­ing a Josh Burchell pass but they had to wait un­til the 70th minute to win their first cor­ner.

In­victa did have the ball over the line in the 71st minute but were de­nied by an as­sis­tant ref­eree’s flag when Dick­son got the fi­nal touch from close range af­ter a Frankie Chap­pell header.

John West­cott had a shot de­flected over at the other end soon af­ter be­fore cap­tain Michael Everitt opened the scor­ing on 76 min­utes by fir­ing into the bot­tom cor­ner af­ter Chap­pell headed on a Jimmy Jack­son cor­ner.

How­ever, three min­utes later the home side earned a draw when the In­victa de­fence ap­pealed in vain for off­side and sub­sti­tute Steve Met­calf was given space to ri­fle a low shot past Jack Delo.

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