Forwards David Smith and Ade Yusuff are expected to aim for at least 25 goals apiece this season, according to Folkestone manager Neil Cugley.
The duo were on the right track in Invicta’s 3-0 home win in the Isthmian Premier over Basement Boys Leatherhead on Monday, with the two having already scored 17 goals this campaign.
Folkestone has had its fair share of prolific leaders during Cugley’s long reign, including the club’s all-time leading scorer, Ian Draycott. He entered the club’s record books this season, scoring his 142nd goal in a 3-3 draw against Potters Bar in September.
“I think we’re looking for at least 25 of the two this season,” said Cugley of Smith and Yusuff.
“Any Folkestone striker should score goals.
“I guess that’s why over the years I’ve sold a lot of forwards. But to be fair, that’s what (scoring goals) they get paid for.
“Heardy (Scott Heard) also scores quite a few points in midfield which is good.”
Smith won both Invicta’s penalties against the Tanners. He converted one himself while Yusuff also passed Leatherhead goalie Myles Bowman with his own shot on goal.
Cugley admitted: “There are always enough of us up front when we get it right.
“He (Smith) did well and scored another goal I’m sure he’s happy with, after being knocked out for two penalties.
“It was a good win, really.
“They’re going through a bit of a tough time and they have about 70 players on the list, but they were pretty dangerous going forward. But we did enough to win the game.”
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Full-back Josh Vincent also scored against Leatherhead, scoring his third goal in four games as he topped a Player-of-the-Match performance.
Cugley was enthusiastic: “It’s great how he times his runs on the back. It’s so hard for people to take.
“He’s a smart footballer.
“These are all very similar types of targets, but they are very difficult to prevent.
“It was a good goal on Monday and he deserved the Player of the Game title.”
The win was the perfect response from Invicta, who had lost 3-1 to rivals Kent Margate on New Years Day despite the best efforts of Kieron McCann.
Cugley felt that the first goal was always going to be crucial at Hartsdown Park, adding: “If we had scored first it would have been a completely different game, but we have to pay tribute to them.
“It (Gate’s counterattack style) brings them success and they do it well. “
With leaders Worthing falling to a 2-1 loss at Carshalton, Invicta is once again seven points off the top, with a game in hand against the Rebels.
Looking ahead to their game against mid-table Horsham this Saturday, Cugley said: “They had a very good run in the FA Cup which put them behind with their matches but they caught up with their late now, which has allowed them to climb up the rankings.
“It’s never an easy place to go, they have good crowds behind them.
“You expect a good game because we are scoring goals and they are scoring goals.
“So I’m sure it will be an entertaining game. “
Draycott came off the bench against Leatherhead, only to recover from an injury, while defenseman Ryan Johnson was sidelined during the holiday season with his own groin issue.