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Whitstable Town manager Will Graham looks to positives after Ryman League Division 1 South defeat to Folkestone Invicta

Whitstable manager Will Graham says the Oystermen could count themselves unlucky to come away with nothing from Tuesday’s derby with Folkestone.

The new Town boss saw his side suffer a second defeat to begin his reign after a 1-0 defeat at the Belmont, but afterwards claimed there were plenty of positives to take from a spirited game against a side tipped for the title.

Graham said: “After Saturday’s poor result (a 4-1 defeat at Walton & Hersham) I demanded it had to be better. I made some changes, brought people back in, I had Scott Heard avalable.

Will Graham Picture: Chris Davey
Will Graham Picture: Chris Davey

“Folkestone were a good team to play against because we had to raise our game to play against them. Neil Cugley’s the best manager in the league by a mile, he’s got some fantastic players, they are my tip for promotion this year. We knew what we were up against.

“I told the players I wanted a reaction and a better performance and credit to the boys, I think the performance was there and I thought we were unlucky not to nick it.

“We had four big chances in the last 20 minutes that could have got us a win. We are disappointed we haven’t taken at least a point. Maybe that’s our luck at the moment.”

Graham said Ian Draycott’s early winner was ‘a poor goal to give away’ from Town’s point of view, adding: “You go 1-0 down against Folkestone in the first 10 minutes and everyone starts thinking ‘Oh God, it’s going to be a cricket score.’

“But to be fair the boys’ character shone through, we didn’t stop trying to play. We are disappointed we didn’t get at least a couple of goals out of it. We can take a lot of positives out of it.”

Town are back in action when Carshalton visit the Belmont on Saturday (3pm).

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