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Invicta boss Neil Cugley is hoping to name an unchanged side
Invicta boss Neil Cugley is hoping to name an unchanged side

Manager Neil Cugley pointed to the benefit of naming an unchanged side for a third consecutive match as Folkestone Invicta rapidly recovered from Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Walton and Hersham to beat Sittingbourne at Bourne Park on Tuesday.

“It would have been easy to chop and change after Saturday’s defeat but I want to keep a settled side for as long as I can and see no point in making changes for changes’ sake,” said Cugley.

“Defensively we benefit especially from being unchanged.

“You never get the cohesion needed if you keep making changes.

“We’ve had problems defending on crosses but that’s something you can work on in training –and we did. I thought we looked tight as a unit at the back and long may that continue.”

After the deep disappointment of Saturday’s setback, Cugley left Bourne Park elated after James Dryden secured victory with a late winner.

“It’s never an easy place to go so I’m delighted we’ve come away with maximum points,” Cugley added.

“They seemed to be settling down after losing their opening game and I think any side going to Sittingbourne would be happy to settle for a point.”

Cugley’s hopes of naming an unchanged side for a fourth straight game in Saturday’s FA Cup, preliminary round tie at Sevenoaks, hinges on midfielder James Corbett recovering from an Achilles problem which forced his substitution after 35 minutes at Sittingbourne.

“He’s suffering from the hard grounds and it will be touch and go whether he’s a avilable to face Sevenoaks,” said Cugley, who is not taking the Bulmers Cider Kent League club lightly.

“We’ve had them watched and respect them,” Cugley added.

“I gather they’re going through something of a transition but they have home advantage and that’s important at this stage.”

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