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Margate FC

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Merstham

Merstham







Competition

Isthmian League Premier Division

Date

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Kick Off

7:45 PM

Venue

Hartsdown Park


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Merstham (H) - 15th February

Merstham (H) - 15th February

Margate welcome Merstham to Hartsdown Park tonight in the Isthmian Premier Division looking to build upon their unbeaten start to February.

Two wins and two draws so far this month have been another positive step forward for the ‘Gate, combined with three back to back clean sheets as well, however, two 0-0 draws in a row away from home mean they will be eager to claim three points this evening.

Like Margate in the past two games, Merstham have struggled to score goals themselves with only one goal in their last six games, in which time they have only won once. The visitors are likely to include their new loan signing Jonathon Page who joined the club this week from Championship side Fulham.

This will be the two clubs third meeting this season and it is one win apiece so far. The Blues were humbled 4-1 by tonight’s opposition in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup, however the ‘Gate did get their revenge a month later with a 3-1 win thanks to a double from Vance Bola and one from Sam Blackman.

Due to COVID, this will be Merstham’s first trip to Hartsdown Park since October 2019 when Margate ran out 2-1 winners on a cold Tuesday night.

As it is the Half-Term break we hope to see as many kids in attendance tonight and we are hosting our half-time penalty shoot-out for eight children, for their chance to win a signed Matchday Magazine. Please note sign up is limited to eight children only under the age of 16. To register please head to our club shop.

All supporters should also note that over the weekend, MFC learned of the passing of life-long Margate fan Keith Lewis. We will remember Keith tonight by holding a minute’s applause before kick-off.

As always if you can’t be with us tonight for the 7:45pm kick off then you can stay right up to date at the clubs official Twitter feed @margate_fc.


'Gate See Off Merstham

Margate put in a dominant display on Tuesday evening as they ran out 2-0 winners over Merstham at Hartsdown Park in the Isthmian Premier Division.

The hosts may have been forgiven for thinking it wasn’t going to be their night before a ball was even kicked as full back Crossley Lema picked up an injury and had to be replaced at right back by Harrison Hatfull.

That injury didn’t deter the Blues though as they raced out the traps looking for that early goal that had eluded them in their previous two fixtures. Both James Bessey-Saldanha and Benas Vaivada had early opportunities denied in the opening fifteen minutes, as Margate looked to make a quick start on a blustery Tuesday evening on the South coast.

On-loan Gillingham striker Joseph Gbode was impressing again as he flicked the ball onto Vaivada who couldn’t quite make the most of his opportunity. It was definitely the hosts in the ascendency and Bola was next to test the Merstham keeper Sami Tiemcani in the 28th minute as he spun his defender before seeing his shot well saved.

The Blues fans who had just watched two 0-0 draws on the bounce may have been forgiven for thinking it could be the same again, however on 32 minutes the hosts broke the deadlock as a Vaivada corner fell to Ben Swift who nudged into the direction of Bola. who stroked home to give the Blues the advantage.

Having lost Lema before the game, Margate then lost their other full back Joe Anderson on the left in the 51st minute as he was replaced by George Lamb, however the young full back slotted in nicely as Margate continued their dominance.

Firstly, Sam Blackman saw his header go narrowly wide before Bessy-Saldanha and Lewis Knight also saw chances to extend Margate’s lead go begging. Although only 1-0, Margate seemed in control as Vaivada continued to impress for the Blues. It was his next effort that was well saved before Swift was denied by Tiemcani from a Ben Greenhalgh cross.

The visitors only real chance of note came in the 81st Minute as Luke Cook saw an effort fly harmlessly wide of Ben Bridle-Card’s goal and it looked like Margate would have to settle for just the 1-0 win until the dying moments, as Greenhalgh superbly raced down the right into the area, before striking a beautiful shot into the far left corner to ensure all three points were staying at Hartsdown Park.

MARGATE: Bridle-Card, Hatfull, Anderson (Lamb 51’), Agyemang, Knight, Swift, Bessey-Saldanha (Rutherford 79’), Blackman, Gbode (Greenhalgh 76’), Bola, Vaivada

Subs not used: Kallmeier

Margate Goalscorer’s

Vance Bola 32’

Ben Greenhalgh 90+2’

Man of the Match

Benas Vaivada

Attendance

378




 

Form guide

2 - 0 vs Bowers & Pitsea
1 - 1 vs Kingstonian
2 - 1 vs Sittingbourne FC
0 - 2 vs Chatham Town
1 - 2 vs Ramsgate
1 - 0 vs Ashford United
1 - 3 vs Tonbridge Angels
1 - 3 vs Fulham FC Xl
2 - 0 vs Dover Athletic
3 - 1 vs Faversham Town




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