Neil Cugley knows last night’s Kent Cup defeat was a great learning experience for his players… even if he wasn’t expecting Dover to roll out the big guns!
Folkestone went down 3-0 to the Vanarama National League team but Invicta didn’t predict Chris Kinnear’s side would be so strong.
Ryman Premier Folkestone, last year’s South champions, learned a lot from the night even if their manager was disappointed to see his side lose the chance of winning some silverware.
“It was actually a really enjoyable experience,” said long serving Cugley this morning.
“It’s fair to say we didn’t think Dover would be as strong as they were but they haven’t got a game on Saturday so they didn’t take it easy on us!
“They played a lot of their big players, the likes of Ricky Miller, so for our players it was a tremendous experience. The better level of player you come up against, the better player you will be in my eyes.
“We wanted to win the competition but it’s not to be. It was great to go back to Dover and see all the ground improvements which have been made. It’s really come on.”
Cugley added: “Now we’ve got to get on with our bread and butter, the league. We’re on a bit of a bad run right now but we’re back at home on Saturday against Wingate and we need points on the board.
“We’ve got some big matches coming up and we need to get back on a winning run.”