Monday 12th July 2004

Margate cancel warm-up at Folkestone

MARGATE have decided their pre-season friendly at Cheriton Road on Tuesday (13th July) against Ryman Premier Division outfit Folkestone Invicta should not be played to give their players more time to prepare for the Conference South season, writes Stephen McCartney.

Manager Chris Kinnear explained: "Talking with the players it has been decided that to formulate the squad for the new season it would be better to train for a longer period before playing competitive matches.

"In past seasons there have been many niggling injuries and in order to avoid these we will be training initially for a longer period, and then concentrating on several games in quick succession to build stamina, being the games on the 3rd, 5th and 7th August.

"During the last week before the new season kicks off the squad will be taking things slightly easier back on the training ground and not playing competitive games to give time for any knocks and niggles to heal."

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