Micheal Everitt dedicated Folkestone’s win on Saturday to ‘Mr Folkestone’ Neil Cugley as they progressed through the FA Trophy.

With penalties looming towards the end of the first-round tie at Cheriton Road, substitute Ibrahim Olutade netted in the 87th minute before 12-goal top scorer Ade Yusuff sealed their 2-0 victory to give Everitt and Roland Edge, now in charge of Invicta. , a winning start.

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Folkestone’s Michael Everitt. Photo: Barry Goodwin

It’s been quite a week for Everitt and Edge since the club announced on Wednesday that Cugley, 65, has stepped down from his role in the dugout.

Everitt said: “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing to be honest! But I was looking forward to today, not really for me or Edgy, just for Cugs.

“There is so much positivity in what he has done for this football club and he deserves all the praise and applause he gets. He won’t want it, by the way.

“He’s very humble but we said in there it was for him. He’s ‘Mr Folkestone’ – he does so much for this football club and we just wanted to do that today for him and reward all the hard work. hard work that he put into this football club.

Yusuff’s goal saw the striker celebrate as he hugged Cugley in the crowd.

“He has a great relationship with all the players we have in this team,” Everitt said of Cugley, who took charge of 1,299 games for Folkestone.

“He really cares about them, not just in football but also outside of football. If I was playing – I don’t run often – but I would have run and joined them!

“It shows how much he means to us.”

Yusuff’s goal came after former Tonbridge leader Olutade broke the deadlock with his sixth goal this campaign.

Everitt said: “Ibs has had a huge impact off the bench for us this season.

The win was dedicated to Neil Cugley who stepped down within a week after more than 20 years in charge.  Image: Randolph File
The win was dedicated to Neil Cugley who stepped down within a week after more than 20 years in charge. Image: Randolph File

“I think if you look at the games he had a real impact and scored some really important goals. It was a huge goal.

“It’s something we haven’t done enough this season. We’re probably at our best when we’re on the break-attack teams and we’ve conceded quite a bit on the first goal which means we’re struggling.

“But as you can see today we took a 1-0 lead and actually created a few more chances after scoring.

“I think we need to be more clinical. Get that first goal and I think we’ll be really tough to come up against.

Unlike the first half, the second period in front of a crowd of 662 struggled to get much of a pace until the final stages.

Reflecting on the game, Everitt said: “In the first half I thought we were great at times. We created some really good chances, that’s kind of how our season has gone so far. .

“I think we played some really good things, created chances, but we didn’t score at the right times.

“In the second half, to be fair, they came out and had a good 20 minutes but the guys really dug deep. In a difficult period of the game, we didn’t give too many chances and dug deep and then, obviously at the end, I guess football is all about moments.

“They break – I think it’s four against two – and Callum Davies comes out of it very well. We go to the other end and score, and we take them out for the second.

Everitt also gave an update on the fitness of right-back Josh Vincent (hamstring) and leader Ira Jackson, who is struggling with a knock.

“With Ira, we hope it will be in the short term. He was involved on Monday [at Carshalton]but started as a substitute, and it didn’t improve,” he said.

“We hope maybe next Saturday. To be fair, JV is a bit of a warrior, really.

“He’s been playing with different types of injuries and his, we’re not entirely sure how long he’s been out for.

“But he’s a tough guy and, if you saw him play or was involved next Saturday, you wouldn’t be too surprised. He’s someone we really need to keep watching.

Ahead of Monday’s FA Trophy second round draw, when Stage 2 clubs enter the competition, Everitt also used a snap used by his predecessor when asked who he would like to face next in the competition. competition.

He said: “It’s a Neil Cugley cliche…Anyone at home would be great!”

Invicta will host the Isthmian South East Faversham fighters as part of the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday.