Invicta stay top despite draw
SKIPPER EVERITT PUTS LEADERS IN FRONT BUT HOME SIDE HIT BACK JUST THREE MINUTES LATER TO EARN POINT
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.