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Folkestone Invicta boss Neil Cugley fears for future

Neil Cugley
Cugley's side are eight points clear of Croydon at the top of the league

Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley admits he fears for the future of the Ryman Division One South leaders.

The club's shareholders meet on Friday to discuss a settlement to pay off its creditors, the chief one of which is HM Customs & Revenue.

Cugley, who has managed the club since 1997, told BBC Radio Kent: "I'm a little bit scared.

"Whatever happens, nobody can take away what we've achieved. We have to show the club is being run properly."

Cugley insists he has assembled a side that the club could easily afford because it contains so many local players.

He added: "Should we survive and go up then I would imagine the budget would remain the same."

Experienced midfielder Jimmy Jackson added: "What happens off the field is out of our jurisdiction. There have been rumours all season but we've put them to the back of our minds and got on with playing.

"None of the players know the extent of the club's financial problems, so there is no pressure because nobody knows.

"There is a determination within the dressing room to finish the season as high as we can. But the main thing is that the club survives.

"Situations like this tend to galvanise a dressing-room, so we're determined."

Tuesday's 1-0 defeat away to big-spending Croydon Athletic put paid to Folkestone's 15-match unbeaten run.

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