Folkestone Invicta (A) - 19th September 2023
By Josh Cole
Margate will travel to Folkestone Invicta for the Second Qualifying Round replay in the FA Cup at The Alcaline Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Margate played out an entertaining 2-2 draw where a last-gasp equaliser from Antonis Vasiliou forced both teams to battle it out again in the heated Kent Derby. You can read the full match report by clicking here.
Manager Reece Prestedge saw the game as a “missed opportunity” after having a man advantage for 30 minutes of the second half. Watch his full interview on Gatetv by clicking here.
This will be the third time this season that the ‘Gate and Invicta have faced each other with Folkestone having the upper hand with one win and a draw. Both teams will have one eye on the tie knowing that the winners will face Chesham United away in the Third Qualifying Round of the competition.
The Alcaline Stadium hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Blues recently only having recorded just one win there since 2014, coming back in April 2022, when the ‘Gate won 1-0.
Tuesday night will see Daniel Baines referee the game, whilst he will be assisted by linesmen Stuart Beadle and Leigh Ballinger.
LAST FIVE: Folkestone
Win vs Margate home (2-0) League
Win vs Hartley Witney away (0-4) FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Win vs Lewes away (1-3) League
Loss vs Chatham Town home (0-5) Kent Senior Cup First Round
Draw vs Margate away (2-2) FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
LAST FIVE: Margate
Loss vs Cheshunt home (1-2) League
Loss vs Folkestone Invicta away (2-0) League
Win vs Hendon away (2-3) FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Win vs Potters Bar home (2-1) League
Draw vs Folkestone Invicta home (2-2) FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
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Blues Cruise Into Next Round of FA Cup
Report by David Hansen
The ‘Gate booked their place in the 3rd Qualifying round of the FA cup as they defeated Folkestone Invicta in a replay at the Alcaline Stadium on Tuesday night to set up a match in the next round away to Chesham United.
Margate started the game on the front foot and looked to continue from their second half performance on Saturday as Ben Greenhalgh put two dangerous looking crosses early but neither Tyrone Sterling nor Steve Cawley could turn the ball home, but Margate looked threatening early and up for the fight.
Folkestone had a few chances to get the ball into the box, but nothing came of their attacks and ultimately it was the ‘Gate who would get the goal and take a deserved lead as Greenhalgh put another cross in which ended up at the feet of defender Tyrone Sterling who smashed the ball home to get his first goal in a Margate shirt.
Margate had their tails up now as they continued to press forward and look for a second goal. It was Greenhalgh down the left again spraying another dangerous looking cross into the box but this time the ball was cut out by Folkestone goalkeeper Strizovic.
Moments later Greenhalgh was rewarded for his hard work as Fyn Rutherford turned inside and found Greenhalgh who got the ball out of his feet and smacked a fabulous 25-yard shot into the corner past the outstretched glove of Strizovic to give Margate a cushion and send the fans into raptures.
Margate would have one more big chance before the break as a long ball is sent by Archie Johnson and headed on by Cawley to Vasiliou who managed to find Greenhalgh in the box, but his shot was well saved by Strizovic to keep Folkestone alive in the replay.
After the resumption, Margate wanted to kill the game and they were able to grab a third as Cawley found plenty of space on the edge of the box and had time to compose himself before slotting the ball into the corner to make it 3-0 and give the ‘Gate breathing room in the match and continue their fantastic display from the first half.
Folkestone knew they had to do something to get back into the tie, so they pushed forward and committed bodies forward and managed to create some good chances. The first of which came from a long throw in which found Olutade at the back post, but his headed effort was cleared off the line by Harrison Hatfull.
Moments later Olutade got another big chance, as he was played through and took the ball past Harry Seaden and looked to roll the ball home, but Hatfull had brilliantly recovery pace as he slid to clear the ball off the line, yet again denying Folkestone a route back into the game.
With Folkestone now pushing higher, gaps started to appear and the ‘Gate looked to break and grab another as Greenhalgh slipped Cawley in down the wing and he advanced into the area before pulling the ball back to Rutherford but he could only fire his shot over the bar.
With only ten minutes left midfielder Daniel Duncanson won the ball back in the middle of the park and played the ball to Cawley who took his shot first time but fired over. Folkestone knew they were running out of time and needed to find a goal as soon as possible as they needed three in the last 10 minutes.
Folkestone did grab a late goal, as full back Penn put a good looking cross to the back post where substitute Ira Jackson was able to turn the ball into the net giving them some hope, but this goal would ultimately be a consolation as Margate held the ball well deep in the Folkestone half and after six added minutes the ref blew his whistle to send Margate into the 3rd Qualifying round of the FA cup where they will take on Chesham United away from home.
After Tuesday evenings success the ‘Gate will turn their intentions back to league action as they travel to Canvey Island and look to continue their 4-game unbeaten run.
Seaden, Hatfull, Johnson, Sterling, Hudson, Vasiliou (Sutcliffe 90’), Blackman ©, Cawley (Smith 83’), Greenhalgh, Rutherford, Duncanson
Roberts, Hobbs, Salmon, Cham