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It’s high time that Folkestone Invicta put together a run in the FA Trophy to silence ‘The Old Codgers’ who still bang on about their momentous third round proper tie at Woking in 1998/99 which saw them share a dozen goals with Conference outfit Woking at the Kinsmeadow Stadium in Surrey.

That truly memorable day  (writes Old Codger One) saw Invicta go ahead with a fine goal from the superb Nicky Dent, who sadly was injured not long after ,then trail 3-1 at one stage before pulling back with goals from Steve Lawrence and Julian Beale and then be left playing catch-up with a late strike from North Easterner Steve Cuggy giving the match a headline-grabbing final scoreline of 8-4 to the home side.

“That really was a day out to remember” said Invicta boss Neil Cugley whose current side take on lower league Didcot Town at the Fullicks Stadium in the Second Qualifying Round on Saturday.

“We never did well in the Trophy even back in my playing days with the old Folkestone Town” admitted Cugs.

“There’s good prize money in the competition nowadays which wasn’t always the case, so it would be great to go two or three more rounds and draw at National League side. Our win in the last round (5-1 over Leatherhead) was just one of a decent string of performances from the players.

“I wasn’t happy with the way things were going a month or so ago when we lost 4-1 away twice in four days (at Hornchurch and Kingstonian) but though the results haven’t really reflected it, we’ve played some good attacking, passing football since that.”

Cugley has 16 players to choose from this weekend with only the suspended Alfie Paxman ruled out though Matt Newman (groin) and Sam Hasler (illness) may be doubtful but could be on the bench.

Didcot of the Southern South Central League Division have played four more cup ties  (12) this season than league games (eight) and duly are only three from bottom of their league. Their 4-2 replay win in the last round of the Trophy at Mangotsfield demands some respect, but Neil Cugley insists that his side cannot and must not slip up against the team from Berkshire (officially these days) or Oxford as it was until someone bureaucrat started messing around with the English County borders.

Fittingly on this momentous weekend when Folkestone remembers the 10 million soldiers who passed through the port on their way into battle in World War One, our visitors also have a military background as Didcot was chosen when much of the armaments production was switched from Woolwich Arsenal in 1914.

They are known either affectionately as Diddy, or the Artillerymen, or the Railwaymen, they are making their first ever visit to Folkestone.

Prize money for this weekend’s tie is an excellent £4,000 thanks to the generosity of sponsors Buildbase.