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Richards Ready For Return
Suspensions, injuries and postponements have proven a frustrating mixture at Hartsdown Park over the past few weeks, one major positive however is the return of Jack Richards to the Margate squad.
Richards was one of Manager Jay Saunders' star signings in the summer and has shown real glimpses during his first season at the club, as to why Saunders was so keen to capture his signature.
Injury has ruled Richards out recently but the 20 year-old's hard work means he is ready and raring to make a comeback to push The Gate further up the BetVictor Isthmian League table.
Match postponements have proven an added frustration making Saturday's game an even more exciting prospect for Richards.
"I’m fully back now, no injury. I’ve been doing as much fitness stuff to keep me ticking over as much as I can whilst injured but I still need to get match fit. The only proper way to do that is to play matches, so I’m right up for Saturday's game!"
"I hate sitting and watching, it’s the worst. Hopefully, I can get back on the pitch and help the boys as much as I can."
After a long wait on the sidelines, Richards and Margate supporters have a busy week to look forward to with three games in seven days. It's a challenge but one Richards is looking forward to with the hope he and his team-mates can build some momentum and climb up the league table.
"It would be great to get a good run, it’s rubbish to think that we aren’t higher than what we are! We all know we should be but that’s football at the end of the day."
"There’s not a team in this league that we can't beat on our day so our next three games are definitely winnable."
Richards admits Margate might not be at full strength with a number of key players missing from the squad but insists there is plenty within the dressing room to push forwards.
"We have a very thin squad but every week we have lads on the bench who could be in the squad, there isn’t a weak part of our team!"
"We’ve had a lot of bad luck with injuries this year, and especially a few suspensions. Refs have killed us lately."
Richards added, "It is hard in the dressing room, as we are all just as frustrated as each other, it’s gutting to think that we lose out on three points by sloppy goals at the end of games!"
Frustrations will be put to one side with full focus on the week ahead. Whilst a late play-off charge could be charged as unrealistic, Richards and his team-mates will be doing everything they can over the next seven days to give themselves a chance.
"Football is a very funny game, you never know what is going to happen even this late in the season. Our main focus now is to stick together and get some Ws on the board."
"Personally I just want to get as many minutes under my belt for the rest of the season and help the boys finish as high up the league as we can."
Thursday, 05 March 2020
By Charlotte Richardson