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Velocity Trophy


Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Kick Off

7:45 PM


Hartsdown Park

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Tooting & Mitcham (H) - 22nd February

Tooting & Mitcham (H) - 22nd February

Margate welcome Tooting & Mitcham to Hartsdown Park on Tuesday evening as they look to book a spot in the Quarter-Finals of this seasons Velocity Trophy.

This tie was set up on the 1st February as both sides enjoyed wins in Round Three. Margate saw off East Kent rivals Herne Bay 2-1 at Hartsdown Park, whilst Tooting & Mitcham won 3-1 away at Binfield to progress to Round Four.

That was the Blues first game in the competition this season, however Tuesday nights opposition have also overcome Sittingbourne in Round Two.

This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since November 2019 when Tooting & Mitcham humbled the Blues 4-0 at Hartsdown Park in the FA Trophy. Before that, the ‘Gate won both league meetings in the 17/18 season with a 3-2 home win and 3-1 win on the road.

Margate come into this game in fine form having not lost in their last five games, which includes four consecutive clean sheets. Tooting & Mitcham play in the Isthmian South Central Division and currently sit 15th in the current league standings.

The Terrors have only enjoyed their recent Velocity Trophy victory, having not won any of their league fixtures since a 1-0 win over Westfield on 18th December. The Stripes have drawn their previous four league fixtures.

Margate will be missing Midfielder Sam Blackman who will serve one of is two match ban after collecting ten yellow cards this season.

Supporters should note that this is a cup fixture, therefore all supporters must purchase a ticket as season tickets and youth passes are not permitted for use. 

Kick off at Hartsdown Park is 7:45pm, however as always if you can’t join us, you can stay right up to date at our official Twitter feed @margate_fc from 7:30pm.

Knight In Shining Armour

Knight In Shining Armour

Margate progressed through to the Quarter-Finals of this seasons Velocity Trophy on Tuesday evening as they overcome Tooting & Mitcham 2-1 at Hartsdown Park.

Margate gave a debut to on-loan Sam Odaudu as well as welcoming back striker Ken Feyi as he continues his recovery from injury.

It was the returning striker who almost latched onto an early through ball as the ‘Gate raced out the traps looking for an early goal. Feyi looked lively upon his return to the team, and he saw a header go narrowly over from a pinpoint Ben Greenhalgh cross moments later as the hosts continued to push forward.

The Blues didn’t have to wait much longer for the opener as their early pressure paid off in the 21st minute as some great team play from Feyi, Vance Bola and James Bessey-Saldanha saw the latter calmly slot the ball home to give the ‘Gate the lead.

The visitors didn’t look to threaten Margate goalkeeper Ben Bridle-Card in the first half as the hosts went in search of a fifth clean sheet, however the 25-year-old was called into action just minutes after Margate had gone in front, as Tooting & Mitcham striker Afriyie Offei Gyimaha stung the hands of the home keeper.

Bessey-Saldanha looked to add to his tally after the break as his fierce shot was palmed away, as Margate looked to put the game to bed early in the second half.

The Blues were to concede for the first time in over 400 minutes of football in the 62nd minute as Billy Brown raced down the right hand side to cross into Zaid Ouaret Sorr who tapped home, having only just entered the field of play.

The hosts were not to be dishevelled by the equaliser though and they immediately went back with a half chance from Joseph Gbode, however the game looked like it was slowly heading towards a nerve jangling penalty shoot-out as the ‘Gate couldn’t break down a resolute Tooting & Mitcham back-line.

However, just like against Horsham recently, the Blues fans had Defender Lewis Knight to thank for earning them the win as he calmly took down a Greenhalgh free-kick before slotting past Ollie Pain with four minutes remaining, to send the ‘Gate through to the last eight of the Velocity Trophy.

MARGATE: Bridle-Card, Hatfull, Odaudu (Lamb 75’), Agyemang (Nzinga 46’), Knight, Swift, Bessey-Saldanha, Vaivada, Feyi (Gbode 59’), Bola (Rutherford 69’), Greenhalgh

Unused subs: Kallmeier

Margate goal scorer’s

James Bessey-Saldanha 21’

Lewis Knight 86’

Margate Man of the Match

Lewis Knight




Form guide

2 - 1 vs Kingstonian
1 - 0 vs Folkestone Invicta
3 - 2 vs Bowers & Pitsea
0 - 4 vs Horsham
0 - 0 vs Carshalton Athletic
2 - 4 vs Dartford FC
0 - 1 vs Potters Bar Town
0 - 2 vs Lewes
1 - 4 vs Bognor Regis Town
3 - 2 vs Haringey Borough