Carshalton Athletic (A) - 9th April 2022
Margate travel to Colston Avenue on Saturday to face Carshalton Athletic, looking to end a run of four straight defeats in all competitions.
Jay Saunders side were knocked out of the Kent Senior Cup on Tuesday evening 4-2 by current holders Dartford FC, however consecutive league defeats before that have seen the Blues drop to 9th in the Isthmian Premier Division.
Saturdays opposition have also seen their play-off hopes ended recently having only won once in their last ten fixtures. Carshalton currently sit directly one place below Margate, but two points adrift of the ‘Gate.
The Robins come into this fixture on the back of a 1-1 draw at Kingstonian, which helped morale after a crushing 5-0 defeat to Hornchurch the game previously.
Remarkably, due to COVID interruptions, this will be the Blues first visit to Colston Avenue since October 2018, when a Frannie Collin and Joe Taylor strike each was enough to earn the ‘Gate a 2-1 win. The two sides have met twice already this season, both at Hartsdown Park.
The first saw the sides play out a 0-0 draw in August, the second saw the Blues hit the Robins for four as the ‘Gate ran out 4-1 winners in the Velocity Trophy Quarter-Final in March.
Kick-off at Colston Avenue is 3pm, but as always if you can’t be there then you can stay right up to date on the clubs official Twitter feed @margate_fc from 2:30pm.
'Gate Held At Carshalton
Margate ended their run of four straight defeats on Saturday as they held Carshalton to a 0-0 draw at Colston Avenue.
The Blues made several changes ahead of their Velocity Trophy final on Wednesday evening, as manager Jay Saunders gave Dan Colmer his first start since returning to the club, whilst deciding to rest Ben Swift, Ben Greenhalgh and Sam Blackman, who all started on the bench.
In what was a pretty scrappy game overall, it was the hosts who had the first real chance of the afternoon as they saw a free-kick on the edge of the area well blocked by the Blues wall.
The ‘Gate had to wait until the 35th minute of the half for their first meaningful chance as Benas Vaivada closed in on goal, only to see his dinked effort go over the keeper, but also over the bar.
Colmer produced two good saves before the break as the two sides headed in for half-time, with the hosts probably looking more threatening, however, the Blues back-line again showed determination to keep a clean-sheet.
Margate introduced Sam Blackman at half-time and James Bessey-Saldanha shortly after in a bid to find some attacking threat which they had lacked, however it was the ‘Robins’ who again created the chances with Dan Roberts racing through one on one, only for Colmer to superbly deny him.
It was the first of three quick saves in succession from Colmer to deny the hosts as he again reacted quickly to deny Tommy Bradford, just moments before again denying Danny Bassett.
The Blues introduced Greenhalgh to try and force some attacking play, and it seemed to work almost instantly as he played a fine ball for Louis Collins who cut inside, only for the home ‘keeper to deny him.
Greenhalgh looked to be the missing element in attack for the Blues as he saw a free-kick tipped wide, before the prolific goalscorer almost snatched for the ‘Gate as he swung in a corner which rattled the post as Margate looked to steal the three points in the dying moments.
There was however to be no late winner and both sides settled for a 0-0 draw as they did in the league encounter at Hartsdown Park in August.
MARGATE: Colmer, Hatfull, Anderson, Odaudu, Knight, Lema, Vaivada, Lamb (Blackman 46’), Collins, Bola (Greenhalgh 71’), Rutherford (Bessey-Saldanha 57’)
Subs not used: Soyemi-Ololade, Swift
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