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Competition

Isthmian League Premier Division

Date

Saturday, 23 April 2022

Kick Off

3:00 PM

Venue

Hartsdown Park


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Kingstonian (H) - 23rd April 2022

Kingstonian (H) - 23rd April 2022

Margate welcome Kingstonian to Hartsdown Park, as they round of the 2021/22 season in the Isthmian Premier Division on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues come into the fixture having recorded back to back wins over the Easter weekend, including a superb 1-0 away win at Folkestone Invicta on Easter Monday.

Margate need just one point to secure a top eight finish, something they haven’t achieved since the 2017/18 season when they finished 7th in the final league table.

Kingstonian come into the game two places, but three points behind the Blues,, however, a Kingstonian win would see them move above the 'Gate on goal difference. 

The visitors travel to Hartsdown Park with just one win in their previous six games, however earned a credible 3-3 draw away at Lewes last Saturday, before being held to a 2-2 draw at home to relegation threatened Leatherhead on Easter Monday.

When these two sides met at King George’s Field, where they ground share with Corinthian Casuals, it was the hosts on the day that recorded the three points with former ‘Gate man Elliott Buchanan netted twice, either side of a Ben Swift own goal, as Margate fell to a 3-1 defeat, with Ben Greenhalgh originally opening the scoring.

You have to rewind to March 2019 to the last time these two sides met at Hartsdown Park as a Noel Leighton goal sealed the ‘Gate a 1-0 win, which at the time was their fifth straight win in the league.

Supporters are invited to join us in the Hartsdown Bar after the game to enjoy our end of season awards ceremony.

Kick-off at Hartsdown Park is 3pm, but as always if you can’t join us then you can stay right up to date on the clubs official Twitter feed @margate_fc from 2:30pm.


'Gate Beat Kingstonian To Claim 8th

Margate ended the season with a 2-1 win over Kingstonian on Saturday afternoon at Hartsdown Park in the Isthmian Premier Division to claim 8th place in the final league standings.

With the chance to claim their highest finish in four years, Margate set out on the front foot as Montel Agyemang linked up well with Harrison Hatfull, before the former curled his effort wide in just the 3rd minute.

Kingstonian also had ambitions to finish 8th, above the Blues, however they had to wait until the 13th minute for their first effort, as Kershaney Samuels hit a free-kick straight at Ben Bridle-Card.

The ‘Gate continued to try and find an opening with Ben Swift and Ben Greenhalgh creating half chances, however it was the visitors that took the lead in the 24th minute as Walter Figueria lined up an effort from 30 yards, before unleashing a strike that beat Bridle-Card, and stunned the home crowd.

The Blues saw a Greenhalgh free-kick comfortable saved by Julian Schwarzer, as well as see Louis Collins almost get his head to a Hatfull cross, otherwise the first half trickled towards an end until Daniel Ajakaiye raced through one on one, only for Bridle-Card to save with his feet and deny the visitors a second before the break.

Margate knew they had 45 minutes to earn the point they needed to secure a top eight finish, and they started the second half on the front foot, passing the ball and keeping possession, although unable to create any clear cut chances.

It took 11 minutes of the second half for Margate to get their rewards as Sam Oduadu struck a thunderous effort goalwards, which smacked into the crossbar, before falling to Vance Bola who struck the Blues level.

The equalising goal seemed to spark a reaction from the visitors as Alex Addai forced a fine save from Bridle-Card, before Figueira smacked the post as Margate had to weather a Kingstonian storm briefly.

The Blues managed to steady the ship and almost retook the lead as Crossley Lema raced forward before seeing his shot saved. Four minutes later though and the ‘Gate had turned the game on its head as Hatfull again raced down the right before delivering a pinpoint cross for Collins who got his foot to the ball to grab his first ‘Gate goal.

The Blues had 20 minutes to see out to secure that 8th place, and they done it with relative ease, however there was a few moments of sharp breathes for the home fans. Kingstonian had the ball in the net in the 74th minute, but the assistant referee’s flag saved the hosts.

Alex Addai also caused some problems in the final few minutes with his pace, allowing him to cross into Gus Sow who saw his effort go over the bar as Margate secured the three points.

MARGATE: Bridle-Card, Hatfull, Lema, Agyemang, Knight, Swift, Vaivada (Bessey-Saldanha 59’), Oduadu, Collins (Rutherford 90’), Bola (Feyi 90’), Greenhalgh

Subs not used: Anderson, Lamb

Margate Goalscorer’s

Vance Bola 56’

Louis Collins 69’

Margate Man of the Match

Louis Collins

Attendance

509?



 

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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