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Folkestone aim to end season on high note

ALLAN TAIT: attracted interest from a number of clubs
ALLAN TAIT: attracted interest from a number of clubs

FOLKESTONE Invicta's season may be over all bar the shouting, but they can have a big say on who goes down with them.

The Easter programme sees them face struggling Hastings at Cheriton Road on Saturday, before travelling to Billericay to meet Chelmsford City next Tuesday.

Invicta's final three games are at home to another relegation-threatened side Halesowen, and trips to FA Trophy semi-finalists Havant and Waterlooville and Hednesford, another Midlands outfit still not safe.

Boss Neil Cugley wants to finish the season on as positive a note as possible. He admitted: "Nothing against Hastings, but geographically it would be good for us if they came down."

The Sussex side, managed by former Ashford chief George Wakeling and coached by ex-Charlton favourite Mike Flanagan, lost 1-0 at Chelmsford on Monday night, which keeps them firmly in the relegation dog-fight, after a mini-revival recently.

Cugley is looking for a better performance this weekend, than in the last game against fellow-strugglers Ilkeston which ended in a 3-0 home defeat, and condemned Invicta to the drop.

Cugley said: "We were very poor against Ilkeston, and I want to finish the season on a bit of a high."

Fifteen-goal striker Allan Tait is set to return after a recent heel injury, but James Dryden starts a three-match ban, following his recent sending-off at Moor Green, while Mark Towse is unavailable

Tait continues to attract the attention of Nationwide Football League clubs with Stoke, Colchester and Millwall regular visitors to Cheriton Road this season. Third Division promotion contenders Bournemouth are also believed to be tracking his progress.

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