This is only the third Kent Senior Cup tie between Tonbridge Angels and Folkestone Invicta, and we are still to beat them in the competition. Our last meeting in the competition was in the first round in 2005/6 when Folkestone won 2-0 through Paul Jones and Stuary Myall, and in 2001/2 Folkestone beat us 2-1 in the first round.
However before Folkestone Invicta took senior status in the 1990s we met Folkestone Town fourteen times in the competition, winning just twice, in the 1967/8 quarter final, and in the second round in 1970/1. Other previous meetings in the competition include the 1957 final, which Folkestone won 2-0, and a tie in 1950 which went to three replays before Folkestone triumphed at the fourth attempt 3-1. For some reason multiple Kent Senior Cup replays were later scrapped in favour of penalty shoot outs. I can't think why.
A team bearing the name Folkestone has won the competition six times, the most recent was in 1985 when Folkestone Town won the cup, although Invicta have been runners-up five times since then, including in 2018 when they lost on penalties to Maidstone at the Gallagher Stadium.
Folkestone have become a team we've struggled to beat in recent years. Our last win over them here was in January 2011 in the Isthmian League when Ben Judge scored in a 1-0 win. Their four visits since have been two Folkestone wins and two draws, although we have won at Cheriton Road three times since then.
Folkestone are in impressive form, they're top of the Isthmian Premier Division with 48 points from their 23 league games and are well placed to mount a serious go at joining National League South for the first time in their history. They've only lost three league games all season, their loss to Bowers and Pitsea was their only defeat in their last eight games.
Neil Cugley is still Folkestone's manager, the longest serving continuous manager in the top seven tiers of football at 23 years in charge.
For more on Folkestone Invicta players and the clubs history please see Matt Davison’s visitors page in tonight’s programme.