Cugley: We must score first in games

Wednesday 18th January 2006

The inclusion of ex Gillingham signing Mark Saunders into the squad was an unexpected surprise for the travelling Folkestone Invicta fans away at Billericay Town on Saturday, reports

He was able to be included as his registration, references and clearance all came through in time for him to be able to make his debut in the Invicta midfield. Manager Neil Cugley felt the vastly experienced Saunders played well, and that it is now a case of him gaining match fitness and sharpness as he hasn’t played properly for two years.

Overall however, Cugley felt that Invicta didn’t play as well against Billericay as they have done in recent weeks and was disappointed with the way the team performed. Speaking about Billericay, he mentioned "their eventual fitness, because some of the squad being full time, started to show on our lads".

Cugley also commented how important it was in the Ryman Premier to get the first goal in games - "on Saturday, every team in the league that won, scored first. If we can start doing that more often in games it will give us a head start".

Cugley, however, had no complaints about the dismissal of Adam Flannagan, but knows it’ll be a big loss to the team when the centre back’s suspension starts in about a fortnight’s time.

Michael Everitt also played on Saturday for the reserves at home against Tilbury. Micky Dix said he had a decent game and experienced no reaction to the ankle injury that has kept him out a regular place in the first team for the last six weeks.

Everitt will be assessed in training tonigt and if he is deemed fully recovered could make his return to the side against third placed Hampton and Richmond at home on Saturday.

Newly appointed Chief Scout Richard Langley went to watch Hampton at home on Saturday, where they lost 3-1 to Harrow Borough. He has provided Cugley with a comprehensive report of his findings.

The Folkestone manager remains very pleased with the way the recent signings have settled in, remarking "they have all came in at once which has given some strength to our squad". Neil is a lot happier with the numbers that he now has, as previously if a player was injured or suspended, there were not many players to work with.

Right wing back James Fraser who was brought in with Chris Wright on non contract terms has particularly impressed with his pace and innovative passing abilities. Fraser, who can also play in midfield, was recommended by good friend and team mate Walid Matata.

Both players live in Tottenham, travelling down to training and matches together. Neil says it is down to him (Fraser) to force his way into the team – if he can, he could enjoy a good future at Cheriton Road.

Future signings will only be made if they can improve on those that are already at the club. Langley as well as watching future opponents, is constantly looking at players who could make useful additions to the current squad. With the Ryman Premier getting increasingly stronger, Cugley is keen to ensure Invicta are not just around to make up the numbers but to make real progress in this league, looking towards a play off position next season.

Folkestone Invicta v Hampton & Richmond Borough
Ryman Premier League
Saturday 21st January 2006
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Buzzlines Stadium, Cheriton Road, Folkestone