The Ryman Football League
Published 19th July 2012
.....faces with places in his squad for their low-key pre-season programme.
Invicta begin their campaign at Kent Hurlimann League side Deal Town on Saturday and after a quiet close season, Cugley is set to send out pretty much the same squad which finished fourth before exiting in the play-off semi-finals last season.
Folkestone then host Canterbury City on Tuesday night with just four more games to follow the opening two.
Cugley said: "I think the players prefer to get some more minutes under their belt like this than playing 45 minutes a game for ten ot twelve games.
"We’ll have the same fourteen or fifteen players for the pre-season games. It’s a small squad and we can’t pack it out with triallists and reserves, so this works best for us."
Damian Abel and Micheal Everitt have moved on to Whitstable Town but everyone else has stayed at the Buzzlines Stadium, although Roland Edge and Stuart King will miss the start of pre-season while Josh Vincent has picked up a groin injury and is yet to train this summer.
However, Invicta fans will get a first glimpse at under-18 forward Ryan Philpott, with Cugley saying: "He’s done well and we’re going to have a look at him to see what he can do in a game. He can play upfront or in midfield and he’ll get a chance."
Joe Lester, another attacker, could also be included in the two squads. He played youth football at Invicta before spells at Faversham Town and Ramsgate.