“I thought we knocked the ball around well in the first half and caused some problems. We conceded a bad goal at the start which set us back a little bit, but we do have to consider Dover are two leagues above us.”
He added, “They’re a well-drilled outfit and there were positives to take out of the game but in the second half, I think we let ourselves down a bit. We’ve got to improve and it’s still pre-season, so there’s plenty of time to do that.”
The skipper revealed despite battling a recurring rib injury, he is pleased with his own personal progress building up to the trip to Thurrock in two weeks’ time.
“I’ve been struggling with a rib injury that’s flared up again recently but I’ve been getting through, and I’m slowly getting there. At times today I could have done better but overall I’m happy with how things are going and am feeling good.”
“You want to get pre-season done and out the way so you can focus on your bread and butter which is the league. Everyone is excited and we’ve got some good players in the squad. The boys are buzzing for the first game at Thurrock and we’re looking forward to the season as a whole.”
The excitement is palpable with equally exciting progress being made off of the pitch with a new 3G surface being installed at Hartsdown. Knowing all about the impact such a facility can have, Rogers believes the long-term future looks bright.
“There’s a big excitement around the club at the minute, it is only going in one direction and that’s up. Everyone is excited; everyone wants to be on board at Margate. It’s similar to when I went in at Maidstone, they’ve got a 3G and moved up the leagues and I don’t see any reason why Margate can’t do the same.”
This season has a special edge for Rogers who takes on the armband for the club, leading a squad he describes is full of leaders.
“It’s the first opportunity I’ve had to be captain and it’s a big responsibility but when you look through the team, Pidge in goal, Tommy Wynter, Friendy; there’s lots of good players, good talkers and experienced players.”
Make sure you're there to watch Rogers lead the team out onto the new pitch for the first time on Tuesday 15th August (7:45pm KO) against local rivals, Tonbridge Angels.