You’ve got to give the players immense credit for what they’ve done this season so far, says Margate boss Steven Watt

Sunday 01st October 2017

MARGATE boss Steven Watt says the fixture list doesn’t come any easier.

Margate progressed through to The FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round after beating Herne Bay 2-0 at Hartsdown Park yesterday.

John Embery’s young side gave Margate a scare during a good first half performance from the Bostik South side, although Lenny Pidgeley was called upon just the once to save from Jack Steventon.

Margate dominated the second half and broke the deadlock through an own-goal from Herne Bay keeper Benjamin Hunter, the ball bouncing off his back and over the line after Jordan Chiedozie twice hit the woodwork after Frannie Collin’s corner was headed on by Tom Wynter after 53 minutes.

Margate doubled their lead just five minutes later when substitute right-back Chris Sessegnon broke up a Herne Bay attack by tackling Nassim Dukali, released Collin down the right, who cut into the box to cross for Chiedozie to rifle in his sixth goal of the season.

Watt takes his side to Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday night, a side that are disappointing in eleventh-place in the Bostik Premier with 11 points on the board from 10 games, while Margate have climbed up to seventh with 15 points from eight games.

Margate go into the game on a nine match unbeaten run and face Tonbridge Angels, who are managed by former Margate midfielder Steve McKimm.

“Another tough game, it doesn’t get any easier for us,” admitted Watt, a central defender, who has tightened things up at the back.

“I said a few weeks back our start has been tough and it’s not been any easier.  There’s not a batch of games where you come to and think it’s a bit easier now or the schedule lets up but it’s not for us at all.

“At the minute it’s coming 100 miles per hour, thick and fast but we’ll embrace it.

“The players’ have done ever so well, it’s unbeaten in nine now, so we just have to keep on building.

“You’ve got to give the players immense credit for what they’ve done this season so far and hopefully we can build upon yesterday’s second half performance, it’s another clean sheet, which we’re priding ourselves now at Margate.”

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Tonbridge Angels  v  Margate
Bostik Premier
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Kick Off 7:45pm
At Longmead Stadium, Darenth Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN10 3JF







GREENWICH BOROUGH v SITTINGBOURNE
Bostik South Division
Saturday 16th December 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, London SE9 5HP

PHOENIX SPORTS v CHIPSTEAD
Bostik South Division
Saturday 16th December 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Mayplace Road East, Barnehurst, Kent DA7 6JT

GLEBE  v  ROCHESTER UNITED
Southern Counties East Football League Premier
Saturday 16th December 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Foxbury Avenue, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6SD