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Bishop Stortford boss Adam Flint (right) was the first to admit that his second were always second best and that Saturday’s conquerors Folkestone Invicta should have won by more than the one goal that they did.


“He’s a nice guy and admitted that we were by far the better side, especially in the opening half” said Invicta boss Neil Cugley.

“Of course, we should have scored more, but we never seriously looked in trouble and I was pleased with our overall performance on the day.”

Cugley took the chance, even with just a one goal lead to give all of his squad a run out with subs Sam Hasler, Ian Draycott and Phil Starkey all playing their part as Invicta maintained their 100 per cent away record.

“We did play well, and just look how young our front three were – all in their early 20s.” said Neil.

Johan Horst and Alfie Paxman both stretched play and tormented the home defence while most recent signing, Kane Rowland, grabbed the only goal of the game in by far his best game for Folkestone so far.

“I was pleased for Kane” said Cugs. “He took that goal well and it will give his confidence a massive boost  to have got on the scoresheet for the first time for us.

Important

“When you think of it, Kieron (McCann) is still only in his early 20s and even without Ade (Yusuff) we took the game to them from the start. An early goal is always important, and this time it proved more than enough for the three points.

“It (the Prokit Stadium) is a nice ground to play on too, it’s a modern set-up but nowhere near as soulless as some places we have been. It’s a nice club they’ve got there.”

Cugley was especially pleased with the contribution of experienced utility player Phil Starkey who replaced club stalwart Josh Vincent in the closing stages.

“He hadn’t played for a month but steadied us down well in the last 20 minutes or so” said Neil. “He can be an important player for us this season as long as he stays fit.”

The former AFC Hornchurch and Maidstone player  (below left) has had an injury hit few seasons at Invicta and was a key member of the Southern Division Championship winning side of 2015/16.

One player who will be missing soon is left back Nat Blanks who is lined up for an operation in the next couple of weeks. “Blanksy’s been playing through the pain recently, taking painkillers before and after games but he could be out for up to two months after the op” said boss Cugley.

“Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Burgess Hill looks like being his last game for some time.”

Another player who was with the squad last weekend was striker Luis Medina who scored a couple of goals for Invicta in pre-season after Dover Athletic had let him go after playing several times for them in the build-up to this campaign.

“He just loves our club” said Neil. “Yes, I know I’ve got plenty of forwards, but it would be nice if we could work out something with him.”

Talking

Cugley has recently been talking to a big defender – which in most people’s eyes, including the manager’s - is very much the department where Folkestone need more cover than they’ve got at this moment.

That player might have well joined Invicta but was deterred by recent off-field rumblings about changes on the board and even the management.

“That sort of thing certainly doesn’t help when you’re trying to sign players” admitted the boss.

Like everyone else at the club, we are awaiting a statement from the board regarding the unsettled situation which chairman Paul Morganhas been working on which should be made public in the next few days.