Monday 31st October 2005

Our best is yet to come, warns Cugley

As his side prepares for their FA Cup First Round tie at Chester City, Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley insists: "You haven't seen the best of us by a long way yet," writes Stephen McCartney.

Although ten-man Worthing ended their six game unbeaten run, Invicta earned a well deserved point in their hard fought 0-0 draw at Fisher Athletic on Saturday.

With his side training twice this week, Cugley admitted his players are relishing their trip to League Two outfit Chester City.

"Like I've said loads of times, they're a great bunch of lads to manage, Cugley told www.kentishfootball.co.uk.

"They're very level headed and looking forward to it.

"We'll go there and do a job and I think obviously on our day defensively we're so strong, then who knows?

"If we can keep a clean sheet for the first twenty minutes, who knows?  We may bring them back to Folkestone (for the replay).

With his side 15th in the Ryman Premier League table, Cugley admitted it's time his side climbed the table.

"You haven't seen the best of Folkestone by a long way yet," he insisted.

"We've played all the top sides away from home now so we're looking forward to the rest of the season," said Cugley, who was a striker playing for Folkestone Town when the Cheriton Road outfit last reached this stage of the competition in 1982 when they lost 5-2 at Oxford United.

"Obviously the FA Cup run is important to us, but I think we'll have a really good run between now and the end of the season and start pushing to get into the play-off's.

"We are looking confident and a good side now and we want to kick on now and do well for the club.

"As I've said before, we have to run on a very small squad.  Now we're getting back to having a strong squad the 14 or 15 players we can afford are all fit and raring to go and once players returned from injury we know we would pick up and climb the table."

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Chester City v Folkestone Invicta
FA Cup First Round
Saturday 5th November 2005
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Saunders Honda Stadium, Bumpers Lane, Chester, Cheshire