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Blues Open Campaign With Solid Win Over Thurrock

Blues Open Campaign With Solid Win Over Thurrock

Margate lined up without summer signings Alex Flisher, Liam Enver-Marum and Harry Stannard as Steve Watt went in search of a win against the newly promoted Thurrock FC managed by former Gillingham manager Mark Stimson.

The Blues started the game strongest with David Martin threatening with some early runs down the left, however his early crosses were dealt with by a solid Thurrock defence. The visitors almost took the lead in the fifth minute as Jack Evans whipped in a low ball which was toe poked goalwards by Liam Friend although the home keeper saved well.

Thurrock threatened very little as Tom Wynter and Liam Friend marshalled the back four as Margate continued to dominate the possession without creating much. Margate Striker Collin continued to be the most threatening player on the park and almost gave the ‘Gate the lead with an audacious lob from 25 yards which sailed inches over the cross bar.

There was to be just one more chance before the break and it was the hosts turn to threaten as some neat play led to Dennis Oli being free in the box but a last minute air shot meant the chance was gone and the teams went in level at half time.

Margate found the breakthrough in the 47th minute as Dave Martin produced some magical skill on the left before whipping a ball into the box which was superbly turned home by Collin for his first goal of the season.

Margate almost doubled their advantage moments later as Martin again crossed a beautiful ball into the box which Liam Friend headed at the far post straight at the keeper however the offside flag was raised.

With twenty minutes remaining the tide turned as Thurrock went in search of an equaliser. Dennis Oli was the first to get in a good position but his effort went harmlessly wide.

Wynter came to the rescue minutes later as he hacked an effort off the line to preserve their one goal lead.

Margate held on to the lead to record their first win of the season and now face Tonbridge Angels at Hartsdown Park on Tuesday 15th August 2017 at 7:45pm. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017
By Charlotte Richardson

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