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Invicta stand on the very brink of the play-offs as we set off for Staines Town tonight (Thursday) looking for three more points which most people feel will be enough to make sure of a place in the end of season play-offs.

We have a busy schedule, of course, but the same goes for most clubs in the promotion shake up.

Leaders Billericay won 5-3 last night for the second time in three days, but this time it was in the Final of the Velocity Trophy as they mauled the Met Police in another ‘eight goal thriller’ to retain the trophy which they first won last season.

If the so called ‘Cops’ thought last night was a thrashing, let’s not forget that Tamplin’s mob put EIGHT goals of their own past Tonbridge in the final. From memory, Angels managing three in reply.

Last night’s matchwinner was again Billy (Bigboots) Bignell - pictured - with a hat-trick.

Haven’t looked closely but it may even have been without him or one of his mates fallling over to get a penalty.

It was, at it happens!

Apparently the much-travelled striker scored twice late  in the game to force extra time and completed his second successive cup final hat-trick six minutes into the extra half hour with Danny Waldren making it 5-3 on three minutes later.

Tonight’s opponents for Invicta, Staines, have lost twice already this week, counting last Saturday, and won’t have been happy at going down 2-0 to Leatherhead last weekend. That pitch at Fetcham Grove is pretty awful, which makes our 2-1 win up there back in November look even better than it did then.

 Our boss, Neil Cugley was more than happy with the lads’ performance in the excellent and crucial win over Leiston last weekend, pleased that the players had been able to shake the apprehension that was obvious in the previous two games where our opponents (Lowestoft and Margate) succeeded in making life difficult for Invicta.

“They’d got over that, managed to relax a bit, enjoy themselves and play as we all know they can do” said Neil.

“Staines won’t be easy, especially after they lost last weekend, but they’re a fairly attacking side, as we are, so we’re looking forward to it.

“We need three more points to be virtually sure of making the play-offs and then we’ll see how high we can go.

“We’d love to finish third (to be sure of a home play-off semi final), but let’s get those three points first before we starting thinking about that.”


Micheal Everitt and standby keeper Nick Shaw will be missing through other commitments, while one or two players were nursing injuries after the Leiston game.

But with his loan spell at Faversham over, midfielder Jordan Wright is likely to be in the squad for tonight's game at Wheatsheaf Park.

“We’re not used to playing on Thursdays, but that’s at least given them longer to shake off those knocks” said the manager.

After tonight’s game there comes the away visit to Dorking Wanderers, when Folkestone fans were hoping to visit the Surrey side’s new £9million stadium which was due to be ready for the start of this season and will now do well to be up and running by the start of the next campaign.

So it’s a second trip to Westhumble, something of a culture shock for even the most hardened of us when we went there on a very wet November day a couple of years back only to lose  1-0 with the only goal coming from our former players, Jake Beecroft.

If you’ve not been there before, one thing we would warn you about if don’t get caught short, especially if there’s anything like a decent crowd there!!

After that it’s up to Thurrock next Tuesday for yet another re-arranged match – postponed because of snow last month.

“They are all difficult fixtures and big games in different ways” said Neil Cugley.

“Staines need the points for the same reason we do, it’ll be one of the last few games Dorking play at the ground they’ve played at for years, and it’ll be Thurrock’s last home game under lights before they fold and withdraw from the league at the end of this season.”