I need some new blood, says Margate boss Terry Brown
MARGATE manager Terry Brown says he needs to bring in new blood after being knocked out of The FA Trophy yesterday.
The club are struggling in the bottom six in the Vanarama National League South after winning the Ryman Premier League play-offs after beating Dulwich Hamlet and Hendon at the end of last season.
Brown said he had a threadbare squad for their 2-1 defeat at Dulwich Hamlet in the Third Qualifying Round yesterday.
Freddie Ladapo’s ninth goal of the season gave Margate the lead, but Dulwich Hamlet came back strong, equalising through man-of-the-match Ethan Pinnock before Ashley Carew converted a last-gasp penalty after Sam Rents’ handball.
Rents and Brett Johnson came off the bench during the last ten minutes, with Margate’s other sub being player-coach Jamie Stuart.
Brown takes his side to St Albans City next Saturday.
The Saints were knocked out of The FA Trophy after losing 4-0 at Lowestoft Town and joint-managers James Gray and Graham Golds both resigned.
The club put first team coach Harry Wheeler in charge for Tuesday night’s trip to Oxhey Jets in the Herts Senior Cup.
Margate travel to Clarence Park sitting in the bottom six with 18 points from 18 games, while hosts St Albans City are second-from-bottom on 13 points from 17 league outings.
“It’s my job to rebuild for St Albans. It’s a massive game coming up for us, a six-pointer, definitely and I need to get a little bit of new blood in,” said Brown.
“It’s a massively, important game. They’ve come to our place and beat us 1-0 and we’ve got to get ourselves up the game.
“I thought we played well last week at Hemel Hempstead and I need another performance like that – but I do need some new blood.”
When asked what is currently missing, Brown replied: “Some new blood!”
“I’ve got nothing up front at the moment. We had to drop Freddie (Ladapo) into midfield (at Dulwich) and he still scored a goal. Freddie’s the only one of my attacking players who gets a decent ratio of goals so I’ve got no issues with him. I’m looking for goals from other areas.”
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St Albans City v Margate
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 5th December 2015
Kick Off 3:00pm
At Clarence Park, York Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 4PL