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BOSS SETS NEW TARGET FOR INVICTA AS THEY AIM FOR REVENGE AGAINST YOUTHFUL WORTHING

Neil Cugley is setting his side a new target after Invicta passed the 55 points they achieved last season in last weekend’s close 3-2 win over Brightlingsea Regent.

Cugs said: “With 16 games to go, there are plenty of points still to play for, and we’ve got to be aiming to get to 70 as soon as we can so that we can see just how we're going.

“ And, as I said last week, we’ve got to be looking at making the play-offs now having been in the top half dozen places in the Premier Division as long as we have.

“Four or five wins and a couple of draws ought to do that, though we’ve got some tough games still to go and we cannot be taking anything for granted.”

Next in Folkestone’s path are Adam Hinshelwood’s predominantly young Worthing side, who bounced back from a 4-0 defeat away to leaders Billericay with a fine 3-2 victory at play-off chasing Leiston on Saturday.

“I know we won at Leiston, but that’s still a great result for Worthing who I rate as one of the best footballing sides in this division. I’d even put them up there with Dulwich Hamlet, even if they don’t have  that kind of experience.

“We know we’ll have our work cut out down there.”

The Rebels made an awful start to the season due to problems with their colourful 3G playing surface at the Bibby Financial Services Stadium which saw them having to play a number of ‘home’ games at Bognor Regis Town’s ground some 20 miles along the south coast.

Penalties

Indeed, when they came to Folkestone in December they were still bottom of the table but looked anything but a side deserving to be in that kind of position as they went away with all three points after  thanks to two penalties, one in each half, the first very early on from topscorer Kieron Pamment and the second late in the game by sub Jaz Rance after Josh Vincent had put Invicta level midway through the second half.

That game came at the start of four successive defeats for Invicta before they pulled themselves together to enjoy a good run over the Christmas and New Year Period – a run only really since interrupted by their narrow 4-3 defeat away to then leaders Dulwich Hamlet.

Accept

But manager Cugley has got injury problems. The outstanding Scott Heard (left) may be out for the rest of the season while the vastly experienced Micheal Everitt is extremely doubtful with an ongoing hamstring problem.

“We’ve got to accept that Heardy may have played his last game of the season for us” admitted the boss.

“He’s got cartilage problems and needs and operation as soon as he can get one to have his knee cleaned out. It’s a fairly routine operation but we’ll surely miss him.

“Scott’s played as well as anyone for us this season. He;s not really had a serious injury before and for someone who covers the ground that he does in a game, that’s quite surprising.

“It would be great if he has the op and could get back for the play-offs, if we get to them.

“I’m just relieved that Ronnie Dolan is back up and running now after his own long term injury. “

Commitments

Kieron McCann, (right, pic by Ian Scammell, Kent Live News) who missed last weekend’s win and Tuesday’s friendly against a strong Gillingham side because of long-standing work commitments is also back in the picture though leading scorer Ade Yussuf is rated only 50/50 after having to be replaced at half-time against Brightlingsea.

“I’m still talking to one player about joining us, but I don’t really expect that to go through this week” said Cugley.

Worthing’s league position – 21st in the table with 31 points from 31 games, is clearly a false one because of their early season problems.

Record

And Folkestone have had a good record at the BFSS in the past, albeit that predominantly during the time when Gary Elphick was in charge, the former Brighton defender having left Woodside Road on the back of the poor results and a number of cutbacks at the start of the season.

With a fair number of Folkestone fans likely to make the trip, let’s hope we’ll still all be enjoying these visits to West Sussex at 5pm on Saturday!!

* Supporters travelling by car to Worthing are advised that they can FREE at Worthing High School in South Farm Road, BN14 7AR.

If you park there, turn right out of the main gates of the school, followed by another right at the mini-roundabout into Bulkington Avenue and finally a left down Woodside Road with the ground only a few minutes walk away.

* Invicta will be wearing their black and  yellow FIRST CHOICE kit as Worthing wear red,