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Folkestone Invicta end Enfield Town's unbeaten home record in Isthmian League Premier Division and prepare for visit of Bishop’s Stortford


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Folkestone Invicta clinched three points from a tricky weekend fixture and return home tonight to face another potential promotion rival.

Neil Cugley’s men ended Enfield Town’s unbeaten home start in the Isthmian Premier Division to move up to third and are now preparing for the visit of sixth-placed Bishop’s Stortford to the Buildkent Stadium.

Folkestone manager Neil Cugley ready for another big challenge tonight Picture: Barry Goodwin
Folkestone manager Neil Cugley ready for another big challenge tonight Picture: Barry Goodwin

Cugley had to deal with several injury issues to overcome Enfield, which made the 3-2 win even more sweet. He was considering adding an extra face to his squad ahead of their midweek match.

The Invicta boss said: “It is a bit of a worry and we could do something.

“We have been after two or three but none of them have materialised yet.”

Goalscorer Michael Everitt limped off on Saturday with a deadleg and their selection issues led to 17-year-old Luca Borrello coming off the bench to make his debut. Ryan Johnson come off injured in the same game and Olly Freeman hurt his knee in the warm-up.

Tuesday night's home match against Bishop’s Stortford ends a tough schedule on the road. It’s been a month without a home league fixture.

“We have done over 2,000 miles in the last few weeks,” said the manager. “It was lucky we had that Faversham game (at home in the FA Trophy) or it would have been nine in a row. It has been unbelievable but it has ticked a lot of the boxes, we have had Enfield, Carshalton and Lewes all away from home, they are big teams and they are gone now.

“We have come through what could have been a very difficult period for us and we’re still okay and I can still go and get someone in if I want to.”

Everitt got the opener on Saturday, heading in bravely, before strikers Ade Yusuff and David Smith both netted.

“They were a handful,” said Cugley of his front two. “Smith was involved in two and scored one and Adam was a constant threat for them. It is what you want from your forwards.

“They had a little spell when they weren’t scoring. David Smith has played alright but it’s not the same if you aren’t scoring when you play up there. Forwards are forwards, you want to be scoring, that’s what you are up there for.”

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