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Home / News / MATCH REPORT / Blues Defeated By Sittingbourne

Blues Defeated By Sittingbourne

Blues Defeated By Sittingbourne

A much changed Margate side fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Sittingbourne on Saturday afternoon on a wet day at Hartsdown Park.

With travel chaos causing disruption ahead of the game, Margate were forced to name a different starting eleven to originally planned. Ben Greenhalgh, Sam Blackman and Harry Hudson all started on the bench.

Margate started in a positive fashion with Harvey Smith firing a free-kick goalwards which flashed just wide. Sittingbourne took time to find their feet, however when they did they had two efforts which almost opened the scoring.

Sittingbourne were starting to take control as another goalwards effort was superbly blocked on the line by George Lamb as half-time approached. A minute later the visitors did take the lead as a corner was floated in which found its way into the net, despite claims from Damian Niemczycki that he was fouled in the build-up.

After falling behind, Margate looked to hit back immediately as Archie Johnson raced down the left before seeing his cross clip the crossbar as the referee brought the first half to its conclusion.

With Greenhalgh, Phil Roberts, Hudson and Blackman all introduced at half-time, Margate started much stronger, however Sittingbourne dealt with the few chances the Blues created, until the 63rd minute when a Greenhalgh free-kick was delicately headed home by Roberts to bring the game level.

Greenhalgh looked the difference as he drove at the heart of the Sittingbourne defence, however his shot trickled just wide. In the persistent rain, the game swung from end to end with Sittingbourne smacking an effort against the post.

With seven minutes remaining, the visitors won the game as they raced through one on one before striking the ball past the trialist goalkeeper.

Margate return to action on Tuesday evening as they travel to Corinthian for another pre-season fixture, with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm.

Goalscorer

Phil Roberts 63’






Saturday, 22 July 2023
By MFC Media



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