Boss Neil Cugley admits Folkestone are keen to avenge their defeat at Carshalton earlier in the season when the two teams meet this Saturday.

Promotion-seeking Invicta are enjoying a productive campaign – having already had good runs in the FA Cup and FA Trophy before being knocked out by National League opposition.

Neil Cugley, manager of Folkestone. Image: Randolph File

Folkestone, who are fifth in the Isthmian Premier and have at least a game in hand on all those above them, suffered their first defeat of the campaign in spectacular style, however, as they were beaten 5- 0 at Carshalton in November on a Monday night at Forget.

Cugley said: “We’ve had some tough games against them over the years. They have a good manager (Peter Adeniyi) and a decent squad.

“They beat us up there, so we owe them a bit.

“We don’t want anyone to double down on us, really.”

Folkestone won emphatically on Saturday, beating Potters Bar 7-0, who have since appointed Deal-born Sammy Moore as their new manager.

The result came after Invicta lost 3-1 away to favorites Worthing last Tuesday, despite efforts from Alfie Paxman.

Cugley said: “Over the past few years we’ve been very good at bouncing back from losses – and I’m happy to say that was the case again on Saturday.

“Our attackers caused them a lot of problems from start to finish.”

Winger Luke Wanadio, who recently joined Cugley’s side on a month-long loan from National League South Dartford, scored a hat-trick at Potters Bar.

“It wasn’t the best hat-trick in the world, but a hat-trick is a hat-trick,” said the longtime Invicta manager, a striker during his time playing.

“Hopefully we can give him the games he needs to advance his career.”

Deadly strike duo Dave Smith (2) and Ade Yusuff also added to their respective tallies, while Ian Draycott scored his other goal.

Cugley enthused: “I said, when I signed them both, that I wanted 30 goals from them (Smith and Yusuff) and they’re on track for that.

“Since they arrived, I think they’ve really helped each other.

“You want people to want to outdo themselves, but you also want them to be teammates. They’re good guys.

Wanadio was unavailable for Folkestone’s Kent Senior Cup game against VCD on Tuesday – Invicta’s first in three consecutive home games.

But he is expected to come back against Carshalton to bow out at home Invicta.

Following their game against Robins – who beat Cheshunt 2-1 last weekend, also won 1-0 against Merstham in the Velocity Trophy on Monday and are seven points behind Invicta – Folkestone will host Bowers & Pitsea on Tuesday.

Cugley has a fully fit squad and some welcome selection headaches.

“I know he’s my player-coach but on Saturday Micheal Everitt couldn’t even get into the team,” he said. “It shows how strong we are.

“We’re doing well with injuries at the moment and our disciplinary record is very good, so that’s all positive news.”

Folkestone’s Velocity Trophy round of 16 tie at home to Cray Valley will be played on Tuesday February 22, meaning their league trip to Horsham has to be rearranged.

Invicta won their Kent Senior Cup tie in midweek against VCD, winning 3-2 on penalties after a goalless draw at Cheriton Road.