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Folkestone Invicta boss Neil Cugley on their trip to Thurrock FC

By Steve Tervet

Folkestone have another chance to book their place in the Bostik Premier play-offs on Tuesday night.

They go to Thurrock third in the table with 81 points and knowing one win from their last three games would virtually guarantee a top-five finish.

Invicta also have one eye on home advantage in the semi-finals, the reward for finishing second or third.

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

Manager Neil Cugley said: "We still need a win somewhere along the line to get what we want and it's still in our own hands.

"I think (one win) would do - and get us third because obviously we want to be at home.

"The players have been magnificent all year and whatever happens between now and the end of the year, they can be proud of what they've achieved.

"They've been a credit to the club and we've shocked a lot of people by where we are now. Hopefully they can finish it off."

Folkestone's last two games have produced 16 goals. They drew 4-4 at Staines on Thursday before losing 5-3 at Dorking Wanderers on Saturday.

However, that defeat wasn't costly as four of the five clubs below Invicta also dropped points.

Cugley said: "It's a good league in the sense that nobody throws the towel in, even at this time of year. People aren't just making the numbers up or looking at players, they're going to the end. Credit to all clubs for that and that's what makes it a tough league.

"There are some very good forwards in our league, including mine, so teams can beat anybody on their day if one of their forwards does hit a bit of form.

"I don't know exactly what points we need now. I'm a bit confused myself!

"They're all playing each other and there's games going on here, there and everywhere.

"We've got a difficult game on Tuesday. It would be great if we could get something out of that and then we'll know on Satuerday what we've got to do to get there."

Thurrock will fold at the end of the season after confirming their resignation from the Bostik League.

Cugley said: "Their chairman's a good man but obviously it's run its course for him.

"He should be proud of what he's achieved there and it shows what sort of club they are because they're giving everybody a game.

"They've not just walked out, he's carried on paying them to the end of the season and done the right things so you can't knock him for that."

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