Manager Nikki Bull could start with the same eleven that lost to Wealdstone especially after the news yesterday that Captain Brett Johnson is likely to be out for a year after tearing his cruciate, medial and meniscus ligaments and fracturing his leg in the 1-0 loss at Hampton & Richmond last week.
Defender Alfie Foster could return to the squad while new signing Reece Connolly is likely to partner Dean Morgan up front as the ‘Gate go in search of goals- something the so desperately need to avoid the drop.
East Thurrock ended a run of five games without a win on Saturday as they saw off Hampton & Richmond 2-1 at Rookery Hill to all but secure their place in the National League South after winning promotion from the Ryman Premier League last season.
These two sides have met three times this season with a win apiece and one draw. The Gate won the first fixture back in September before drawing their FA Trophy fixture 1-1 at Hartsdown Park in November. It was East Thurrock though who progressed in the Trophy thanks to a 2-0 win over the Gate on a freezing cold night at Rookery Hill in December.
Kick off at Rookery Hill is 7:45pm but as always if you can’t make the journey then you can stay right up to date on the clubs official twitter feed @margate_fc from 7pm.