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Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley looks to build on great September

By Alex Hoad

Neil Cugley says Invicta’s FA Cup heroics must go on the back-burner as Folkestone aim to strengthen their top-half push in Bostik Premier.

Invicta capped a glorious September with a 2-1 win against Aylesbury in the FA Cup third qualifying round at the Fullicks Stadium on Saturday – their eighth win from as many games in the month and ninth straight overall.

Boss Cugley said: “I suppose it has got to be the best September we’ve ever had – it couldn’t have been any better. To still be in all the cups at the end of September is just what you want."

Neil Cugley. Picture Gary Browne

Neil Cugley. Picture: Gary Browne

Cugley has put the Slough trip ‘on the back burner’ as Invicta faced up to the prospect of three away games in Bostik Premier in a week.

Their winning run was ended by a 2-0 defeat at Merstham on Tuesday night and now Invicta head to Met Police on Saturday (3pm) before they are due to make the long trip to Suffolk to play Lowestoft on Tuesday (7.45pm) – although that game could potentially be rearranged to help Invicta’s preparations for their FA Cup tie.

On Monday, Invicta were handed a trip to Southern League side Slough in the fourth and final qualifying round – just a win away from a potential clash with a League side for just the second time in Invicta history.

Cugley admitted: “I would have liked a Leyton Orient, Maidstone or Dover at home but if you can’t have what you want, all you want is a chance to go through.

“Slough are the same standard as us and we’ve been going well, so we’ll see. We’ll have to play better than we have in the three cup games so far, though, that’s for sure.”

Cugley said: “To be honest I’m not even thinking about Slough until we get the next couple of games out the way.

"Met Police are always hard to break down and then we might be going up to Lowestoft.”

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