Folkestone Invicta (A) - 18th April 2022
Margate make the short trip to the BuildKent Stadium this afternoon, as they face play-off hopefuls Folkestone Invicta in the Isthmian Premier Division.
The Blues bounced back from the Velocity Trophy final defeat on Saturday as they overcome Bowers & Pitsea. A win today would see them complete the perfect Easter weekend.
Today’s opposition are in a three-way battle for the final play-off place, which Cheshunt currently have the lead. Folkestone are one point behind, whilst Lewes need to make up three points on Cheshunt.
Folkestone’s 1-0 win away at Leatherhead reignited their play-off bid after they had gone on a run of just one win in eight games in all competitions. The Blues will have to be wary of striker David Smith, who has currently netted 26 league goals this season.
Margate make the trip here on the back of the win on Saturday, otherwise it has been a difficult month for the Blues, having lost three out of the four games in April in all competitions.
The ‘Gate will take pride in the fact that they can do the double over Invicta, with a win today, after the Blues ran out 3-1 at Hartsdown Park on New Year’s Day, thanks to a brace from Ben Greenhalgh and one from Martial Godo.
The Blues will be looking to improve on their last visit to the BuildKent Stadium after they were hammered 4-0 on Boxing Day 2019. The Blues will continue to be without Midfielder Sam Blackman who serves the second game of his three game ban, otherwise there looks to be no new injury worries for Manager Jay Saunders.
Kick-off at the BuildKent Stadium is 30pm, however if you can’t be there, then you can stay right up to date on our Twitter feed @margate_fc from 3pm.
The BuildKent Stadium
Blues Earn Derby Day Win
Margate ended Kent rivals Folkestone Invicta’s play-off hopes on Easter Monday, as they completed the season double over Invicta, with an impressive 1-0 win at the Build Kent Stadium.
It was the hosts with everything to play for, as they knew defeat would end their play-off chances for another season. Alfie Paxman started the afternoon by getting the hosts on the front foot as he saw his effort saved by Ben Bridle-Card in the opening five minutes.
The Blues were in Folkestone to ruin the party though and had their first real chance in the seventh minute as Harrison Hatfull teased a ball into the box, which Benas Vaivada managed to head just wide. The Blues were on the front foot as Louis Collins then saw a tight angled effort saved, as the Blues looked to get the goal to give them the lead.
Collins, who is still looking for his first goal in a blue shirt, had a wonderful opportunity in the 34th minute as raced through one on one, only to see his effort well saved by Tim Roberts in the home goal.
The Blues did take the lead just four minutes later though, as the ‘Gate’s top goalscorer Ben Greenhalgh superbly chipped Roberts in the gaol, to give the ‘Gate the lead, with his second goal of the Easter weekend, and his 18th league goal of the season.
Margate started the second half on top as Greenhalgh again forced Roberts into another fine save, as Margate looked to put the game to bed.
With Cheshunt winning against Bishops Stortford, Invicta knew they had to win this game, and flicked the switch in the 56th minute as Josh Vincent forced Bridle-Card into a fine save as they looked to turn the game around.
Despite the hosts gaining more of the ball as they looked to force a result, Margate defended their territory well, restricting the hosts to long range efforts.
The clock slowly ran down, with Folkestone knocking on the door, but never really threatening, giving Margate the win, whilst ending Folkestone’s play-off hopes for another season.
MARGATE: Bridle-Card, Hatfull, Lema, Agyemang, Knight, Swift, Vaivada, Oduadu, Collins, Bola (Feyi 84’), Greenhalgh
Subs not used : Colmer, Bessey-Saldanha, Rutherford, Soyemi-Ololade
Ben Greenhalgh 38’
Margate Man of the Match