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Folkestone Invicta boss Neil Cugley on the visit of Brightlingsea Regent

Folkestone have the chance to go second in Bostik Premier on Saturday.

Two weeks since their last league game, Invicta host lowly Brightlingsea Regent at the Fullicks Stadium.

Neil Cugley’s side are fifth but with just one point covering the play-off places, they could make a significant move.

Folkestone manager Neil Cugley Picture: Andy Payton
Folkestone manager Neil Cugley Picture: Andy Payton

Cugley said: “If we get a win, we could be right up there.

“We’re fifth and, you don’t know, win and we could be second.

“We haven’t really got going yet so to be doing that at this time of year is very pleasing.”

Folkestone’s early FA Cup exit meant they didn’t have a game last weekend.

Having won 4-0 at Ashford in the Velocity Trophy last Tuesday, they were due to play Herne Bay in a friendly on Saturday.

But the Bostik South East side pulled out of that game so Folkestone arranged to play a Gillingham XI last night (Tuesday).

“We’d rather have been playing in the FA Cup,” Cugley admitted.

“I’m disappointed that Herne Bay dropped out at the last minute but with Gills coming in, that’ll keep us all ticking along.”

Folkestone Invicta are fifth in Bostik Premier Picture: Wayne McCabe
Folkestone Invicta are fifth in Bostik Premier Picture: Wayne McCabe

Saturday’s opponents Brightlingsea are third-bottom having not won since the opening day of the season.

Isthmian North champions in 2017, they finished 20th last season and are struggling again.

But Cugley said: “They did well to get into the league. They battle hard and there’s no easy games in this league.

“It’s their second year in it and the second year can be really important, like it was for us.

“If you can stay in there the first year and find out what it’s all about, you can kick on.

“We were lucky enough to do that and I expect that’s what they’ll be trying to do.”

Sam Hasler is still unwell but Ade Yusuff and Kieron McCann should both be fit to play.

Folkestone go to AFC Hornchurch on Tuesday.

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