Folkestone boss Neil Cugley intends to continue running Louis Yamfam.

The trialist moved into right-back as Invicta were beaten 2-1 by National League new boys Maidstone last Saturday, while Josh Vincent moved into the heart of defence.

Folkestone’s Ian Draycott during his testimonial match against Maidstone on Saturday. Image: Randolph File

The versatile Yamfam conceded a penalty as he was ruled for tripping Hady Ghandour, who himself converted the kick to put the Stones ahead 2-0 after James Alabi’s opener, before the Folkestone leader Ade Yusuff won’t get any consolation during Ian Draycott’s testimony.

“He’s the one we always look up to,” Cugley said.

“He did well. The penalty against him on Saturday was a bit harsh but hopefully he will learn from it.

“We will continue to watch it. He is a very exciting player. Where is his best position, I don’t know yet. Because people were away, we moved it around a bit.

“But he doesn’t harm himself.”

Neil Cugley, manager of Folkestone.  Image: Randolph File
Neil Cugley, manager of Folkestone. Image: Randolph File

Despite the trip being disrupted, a crowd of 432 watched the friendly against Maidstone and the Invicta manager was pleased with what he saw.

He said: “We did well. I thought the penalty for their second goal was soft and a bit harsh. It was disappointing.

“But after that it was good. We are not going to score many goals against this kind of opposition.

“They released a few, we released a few, but you just have to keep going. People are catching up with weddings and holidays and that sort of thing.

“You just hope they’ll all be caught at the start of the season.”

Ade Yusuff scored for Invicta as they lost to Maidstone United.  Image: Randolph File
Ade Yusuff scored for Invicta as they lost to Maidstone United. Image: Randolph File

Draycott nearly scored his testimonial with a stunning goal.

A free kick was half cleared to him at the entrance to the area and he released, only to see his shot hit the post.

Cugley said: “It’s a shame it wasn’t done – it would have been perfect. I could have gotten him out right after!

“He had to adjust his game to go from being a complete striker to a midfielder.

“He really deserved his day and I can’t thank Maidstone enough for coming.”

While some clubs in Kent start their competitive seasons this weekend, Folkestone only start their campaign on August 13.

They traveled to Hythe on Tuesday, earning a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Kadell Daniel (2) and striker Ibrahim Olutade, with Yamfam contributing the game’s opening goal.

This Saturday, they host Dover.

Cugley said: “We’re not in such a rush, unlike other clubs, because we don’t start until August 13. Most other clubs start this weekend or the following weekend.

“But Dover and Ashford [Invicta’s final pre-season friendly on August 7] are two more good upcoming games for us. The fitness levels on our part have been good.

“The teams we’re up against are full-time or almost full-time, so I think we did very well against them.”

Defender Matt Newman has undergone knee surgery and is expected to start running in three weeks.