You want to stay in The FA Cup for as long as you can, says Folkestone Invicta boss Neil Cugley

Thursday 14th September 2017

FOLKESTONE INVICTA boss Neil Cugley says he is pleased with getting a home draw against a league rival in The FA Cup.


Folkestone Invicta have started their Bostik Premier campaign well and go into Saturday’s Second Qualifying Round tie against newly-promoted side Tooting & Mitcham United in ninth-place in the table, with a playing record of three wins and two draws from their six games.

Tooting & Mitcham United celebrated winning the Bostik South title last season and are finding life in the Premier tough at the moment, having bagged three draws from their opening seven games and have only pointless Worthing below them in the pecking order.

“Quite pleased with the draw, obviously to be at home against someone in your own league,” said Cugley, ahead of the Cheriton Road clash.

“We’re playing quite well at the moment so I’m looking forward to it, really looking forward to it.”

When asked about Tooting & Mitcham’s start to the season following promotion, Cugley replied: “It just happens. We didn’t find it very easy because it’s a good league that we’re in now.  I’m sure that they will cope and settle down.  It’s a difficult league, a good league with some good teams in it. I’m sure they’ll sort themselves out.”

Cugley said he is feeling “delighted” with his side being in the top half of the table at this early stage of the season.

“We’ve been playing quite well as well.  We’ve played some good stuff. We’ve had a few changes in the summer and they’ve all seemed to gelled nicely. We’ve got a good spirit within the club, we’re very pleased.

“You can go on another run of not so good results and get dragged down – but with one down this year it does help a little bit.  A lot of managers, like myself, won’t go through what we went through last year."

Folkestone Invicta bagged £3,000 in prize money after knocking out Bostik South side Greenwich Borough 3-2 at home in the last round of The FA Cup and there is £4,500 up for grabs this weekend.

“You try to raise four and a half grand it’s so hard to do, even three grand we got from the other game. It’s so good money, you can’t deny that. That’s why you want to try to stay in it for as long as we can.”

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Folkestone Invicta  v  Tooting & Mitcham United
The Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
Saturday 16th September 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent CT19 5JU