If we conduct ourselves properly we should have too much for Littlehampton, says Jack Parkinson

Friday 12th September 2014
FOLKESTONE INVICTA manager Neil Cugley has unveiled the signing of former Sittingbourne striker Joe Taylor following his release from Vanarama Conference South side Farnborough.

Taylor, 23, scored 27 goals for Sittingbourne last season and he goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s home FA Cup tie against Margate.

"He's quick and a natural goalscorer and can play wide right, through the middle or on the left,” Cugley told www.folkestoneinvictafc.co.uk.

"I've seen him do well quite a few times for Sittingbourne - including a couple of games against us when he always caused us problems.

"He had a spell abroad (in Sweden) earlier this year and joined Farnborough last summer.

"We're delighted he's now agreed to join us.

"I wasn't seriously intending to look for anyone else at the moment, but when I heard that he might be available we didn't waste any time.

""He can be a big player for this football club and he's got family connections in the Folkestone area as well.

"He's a clever, skilful player and signing him shows we are now ready to kick-on.”

Taylor's other clubs have, ironically, also included Margate, who he faces on his Folkestone debut in the FA Cup on Saturday.

"It's a big, big game for us,” added Cugley.

"I've heard on the grapevine that one of their players get as much each week as we pay the whole of our team put together and they've made a great start towards justifying their position as title favourites in the Ryman Premier Division.

"But we did pretty well against them in pre-season (losing 3-2), and we'll be giving it everything we've got!"

Midfielder Matt Newman is still away while striker Paul Booth could start on the bench.

Lively full-back/midfielder Jordan Wright, 20, is in with a shout after playing his part in decisive goals against Erith & Belvedere in the Preliminary Round Replay, and again in Tuesday's hard-earned 2-1 win over Walton & Hersham.

FAVERSHAM TOWN have confirmed the extension of the loan deal with Maidstone United for striker Jack Harris.

Manager Ray Turner initially signed the former Tunbridge Wells striker for a month, although, always was keen to extend that deal if possible.

The original loan spell was due to end after next Tuesday night's home fixture against islanders Guernsey.

Harris was already a familiar face to Lilywhite supporters because he impressed during a month-long spell at Salters Lane, in which, Turner's men were unbeaten last campaign.

The striker made an immediate impact back at Maidstone United when his first loan spell with Faversham Town finished last season.

Faversham have also convinced the Ryman Premier League leaders to allow Harris to play in the FA Cup First Qualfying Round tie away to Leatherhead tomorrow.

The young forward had missed the Lilywhites' FA Cup victory over Westfield because Maidstone did not want him to be FA Cup-tied for them, which is welcome news to Faversham with Jamie Maxted and Luke Harvey unavailable alongside the injured duo of Darren Marsden and Renford Tenyue.

MAIDSTONE UNITED lead the Ryman Premier League table by two after their 4-1 home win over Kingstonian on Tuesday night.

The Stones have collected nine wins out of ten and have only lost to local rivals Tonbridge Angels so far this season.

“Tuesday night’s game was a fantastic win over a good Kingstonian side,” said midfielder Jack Parkinson.

“We felt with people saying we hadn’t been tested yet was a chance to show people what a good squad we have and I felt we done that.”

The Stones are at home to unbeaten Sussex County League leaders Littlehampton Town in The FA Cup First Qualifying Round tomorrow.

Jay Saunders’ side are clear favourites for the game but Parkinson wants to avoid slipping up on a potential banana skin.

He said: “We’re on a good run of form at the moment and want to take that into Saturday’s FA Cup tie but we’re under no illusions.

“We know if we conduct ourselves properly and play how we have done, we should have too much for them and try to have a little run in the competition if we can.”

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