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Reeves Relishes Margate Move

Reeves Relishes Margate Move

An important victory and a match-winning goal, it was a perfect debut for Margate newbie Elliott Reeves on Saturday afternoon.

Having signed for The Gate during the week, Reeves was handed a place in Jay Saunders’ starting eleven for the trip to Horsham YMCA.

Revealing how the move came about the centre-forward said,

“I moved from Ilkeston Town where I was at last season. I moved here for work commitments and as a consequence had to find a new team.” 

“Margate seemed like a perfect location and standard for me to progress and after speaking to Jay a couple of weeks before I moved down here, I was sure I wanted to play here.”

Reeves made a positive first impression with an industrious display rewarded with what proved to be the goal to set up a tie against Concord Rangers later this month.

Whilst Reeves believes he has several gears to go, he was pleased to be a part of a positive afternoon.

“I am happy to be through to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup and to play my part in the goals. However, I know it wasn’t a great performance for me personally. The lads did well to push for a winner after conceding deep into the second half.” 

Reeves added, “I’m definitely happy to score on my debut because it hopefully sets the tone for the rest of the season.”

The 90 minutes gave away supporters their first glimpse of Reeves in action, as the man himself provided an insight into what kind of player he is.

“Supporters can expect someone who will always give everything on the pitch and someone who is willing to adapt to the manager's style and take his advice on board through the season.”

Having met his new team-mates at the weekend, Reeves got a clear sense of the competitive mindset of the Margate squad.

“Even though it was my first post-match dressing room, it felt like business as usual. I’m settling in well as the group seem like a great bunch of lads.”

And whilst there is an important trip to Cheshunt beforehand, Reeves gave his reaction to Margate’s home draw in the next round against a team placed one division higher.

“It is a chance to cause an upset. I don’t know the leagues in this region, so I don’t know a lot about them but I’m sure it won’t change the way we play.”

“We as a group will approach it with the same intentions and that’s to go through because a cup run can be so important for a club.”

A consistent approach is a good one as Reeves’ attentions turn to a potential debut in the Isthmian Premier League this Saturday.

“They’re the same thoughts I carry through with me before every game. The approach will be the same for us. I’ll be looking forward to it as it’s another chance to prove myself and get points on the board for the team.”  

Tuesday, 10 September 2019
By Charlotte Richardson

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