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Robins Ready For Regent Challenge
Midfielder Jordy Robins made a return to the Margate starting eleven on Saturday afternoon, playing for the Manager he started the season with at Maidstone United in the Summer.
A Jay Saunders signing at the Gallagher Stadium, as football fate would have it, Robins is reunited with his former boss and was delighted to be named in the team to draw 1-1 against play-off hopefuls Tonbridge Angels.
Speaking after his first 90 minutes for The Gate in a few weeks, Robins said:
“It feels really good. Recently I haven’t been playing as much which is obviously disappointing but I always back myself and knew that when I’d get a chance, I would be ready and I’m pleased with a really good point away from home.”
With news of Saunders return to Hartsdown Park, Robins hopes Saturday’s result can prove the start of a turnaround in Margate’s form.
“The second half and coming from a goal down gives us a lot more belief so it’s a clean slate and another confidence boost on top of that.”
“I’m a big fan of Jay’s so was pleased when he came in. He gave me my chance at Maidstone at the start of the season and I do a bit of coaching with him, so I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
Robins admits with the quality in the Margate squad, he and his team-mates are desperate to reflect that with their league position.
“When you look at our starting line-up, I believe we have got a strong team. We still need a couple of extra bodies I think but when you look at our line up, we shouldn’t be where we are.”
“The table doesn’t lie so we are there for a reason. We know if we can put a couple of good performances together, get a couple of wins then we will be looking up.”
Reflecting back on Saturday’s shift at Tonbridge, Robins was pleased to make his contribution helping implement a game plan to limit a strong Angels outfit.
“I was prepared for more of physical battle today which it proved to be. I think there were times where we needed to be a bit more direct so I had instructions to shorten my touches and play more in their half and support further up the pitch. I’m a young player so it was nice to execute and do what the gaffer asked me to do.”
Attention now turns to Margate’s next game against Brightlingsea Regent at Hartsdown Park on Saturday afternoon.
“I’m looking forward to two good training sessions, a full week to recover and go again. Brightlingsea is a great opportunity to push for three points, we are well overdue a win so we’re positive and looking forward to that game.”
Robins believes supporters can play a huge role in assisting Margate on their hunt for a vital three points.
“We are well followed, we are well supported so today when we scored and at the end of the game – I love going to see them – because we do appreciate them and look forward to going back to Hartsdown.”
“Hopefully we can turn our home form around because we owe supporters some performances and hopefully the gates can start to grow, as they can see just how good we can be.”
Friday, 15 February 2019
By Charlotte Richardson