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Blues Journey In FA Cup Is Over
By Dylan Smith
The ‘Gate travelled to Buckinghamshire hoping to rectify their two recent back-to-back losses. A place in the fourth qualifying round in the FA cup was at stake. Sadly, goals from Bruno Andrade and Lucas Sinclair in either half would end any hope of the ‘Gate progressing further.
Despite the result, Margate started well in the early moments of the half. Sam Blackman picked the ball up in midfield and had some space to work with. Left-back Archie Johnson made an overlapping run down the wing, and he was found inside the box, unfortunately, he would send the ball just wide of the post.
One of the first problems for the ‘Gate came just after the 12th minute. Phil Roberts who had only recently just returned from a hamstring strain pulled up after a sprint down the left-hand side. Fyn Rutherford came on to the pitch, and despite being a good option the momentum was clearly lost.
The home side would find the opener late in the first half. They built up well through the midfield, played the ball out wide where the winger found Andrade lurking in the box. The striker took one touch and then found the roof of the net, giving the Generals a 1-0 lead.
Margate had it all to do following the interval. But it would be Chesham who would find the second goal of the game. Poor possession from the Margate defence, forced the Blues to turn over the ball. This left Sinclair one-on-one with the keeper, where he would slot the ball comfortably into the bottom corner.
Reece Prestedge brought on Daniel Duncanson to try and change the midfield battle. Despite this, the ‘Gate couldn’t create anything major, despite seeing more of the ball for a fair amount of the second half. Wayward shots from Antonis Vasiliou and the rest of the attack, weren’t causing the opposition keeper any trouble.
Just like that the 45 minutes had passed and the ‘Gate’s dreams of a Fourth Qualifying Round place had faded. Chesham ran out 2-0 winners, leaving Margate with three losses on the bounce, needing to rejuvenate their form next time out in the FA Trophy against Harrow.
Seaden, Hatfull, Johnson, Sterling, Vasiliou (Bowman), Blackman, Cawley, Roberts (Rutherford), Greenhalgh, Mazzone (Duncanson)
Sunday, 01 October 2023
By MFC Media