Thursday 01st December 2005

Lights go out on Margate's administration

On Saturday, Margate travel to Essex to take on last season’s Southern League Division One East runners-up, East Thurrock United. The kick-off has been brought forward to 1.30pm following floodlight problems at Rookery Hill, writes Steve Wells - www.margate-fc.com

The Thanet club have announced that the terms of the proposed CVA have been accepted by both creditors and members at meetings held at Hartsdown Park by Langley & Partners.

The Club has therefore, officially, come out of administration and moved into a CVA.

The Club would like to take this opportunity to thank both creditors and members for supporting the CVA proposal.

Back on the pitch, Margate’s league form has received a welcome boost over the last three matches. A return of seven from a possible nine points represents the best spell of form in the season so far.

Hampton & Richmond Borough, however, remained top even after the defeat, but interesting to note that it was the league leaders that proved to be the first league side to concede three goals against Gate this season.

With Anton Robison making his debut in the weekend game, the player count continues to rise: 32 players have now donned the blue shirt, on the pitch for Margate so far this season.

For the visit to Essex, Lawrence Yiga misses out as he starts his seven-match ban following two sendings off. Greg Oates remains sidelined with his arm injury and both Leon Braithwiate and Pat Gradley are unlikely to be rushed back given the resources available to manager Chris Kinnear. Dean Standen is available again after serving a one-match ban, but he will be fighting for a place in the starting line-up with Robinson.

After the victory over Hampton and Richmond, Chris Kinnear commented on the win. He said: “It was a good game – it was exciting, wasn’t it? I’m sure the supporters enjoyed it.

"I said to the players before (the game) they are top of the table, let’s see what we need to do to get there, and how good we need to be. I think the lads responded, and we played very well today.”

East Thurrock United were promoted to the Ryman League Premier Division from the Southern League. Last season, they finished as runners-up to Fisher Athletic, by nine points.

Currently, the Rocks are in ninth place – five points ahead of Gate, but a point behind in the current form table. The Essex side have taken six from a possible 18 points – a point less than Margate. Top scorers for East Thurrock, are Tony Boot and Steve West who have scored 15 goals between them so far this season.

A home record that include four defeats and 17 goals conceded in 10 league games, suggests that this could be an open, entertaining game. A win for the home side could see them edging closer to a play-off place. A win for Margate could take them up a place and on the cusp of a top half place.

East Thurrock United v Margate
Ryman Premier League
Saturday 3rd December 2005
Kick Off 1:30pm
at Rookery Hill, Corringham, Essex SS17 9LB