Dryden Hat-Trick Earns Invicta Win

Folkestone Invicta

Folkestone Invicta

Dryden (19, 66, 71)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Attendance: 263 Clark Masters
Slough made the long midweek journey to Folkestone on Monday night and found James Dryden in prolific form as they came away with a 3-0 defeat.

Dryden had already gone close three times before he opened the scoring in the ninteenth minute. Clearly the focal point for the home sides attacks, he had got in behind the defence on multiple occassions but only got one of his first three efforts on target. He made no mistake with his fourth as Paul Jones presented him with an easy finish. Breaking through down the left channel, the striker squared the ball to his strike partner who was afforded a simple finish from the middle of the goal.

Folkestone continued to have the better of the play but Slough were defending well enough to prevent them from testing Masters and the rest of the half remained goalless.

Slough had the opening opportunity of the second half and did get the ball in the net following a lengthy goalmouth scramble. The ball fell to Matt Seedel and he moved the ball out of his feet and prodded home from the edge of the area but the goal was ruled out for an infringement spotted by the linesman.

Folkestone continued to have the better of the play and extended their lead with sixty six minutes gone. A free kick from the half way line by Steve Norman was headed back across goal and Dryden nipped in at the near post to toe end the ball over Masters and into the far corner.

FIve minutes later and Dryden completed his hat trick. A goal kick was headed away by Steve Daly but Michael Everitt headed the ball back on and James Dryden lobbed the ball over a stranded Masters.

The prolific striker nearly added a fourth when he again got in behind the Slough defence, but Masters saved well down low to his right to turn the ball round his near post.

The home side did have the ball in the net again, but Masters was fouled as he claimed an aerial ball and it was rightly ruled out.

Folkestone finished the game firmly on top and Adam Flanagan flashed a drive across Masters' goal as they ran out comfortable winners.

Folkestone Invicta Lineup

Tony Kessell, Kevin Watson, Paul Lamb, Adam Flanagan, John Guest, Martin Chandler, Michael Everitt, Stuart Myall, James Dryden, Paul Jones, Steve Norman. Subs: Liam Friend (for Lamb), Scott Lindsey (for Chandler), Joe Neilson (For Dryden), James Everitt, Kieron Mann


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