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Late Heartbreak For Gate
It was a point a piece for Margate and Wingate and Finchley as both sides battled in blustery conditions at Hartsdown Park on Saturday afternoon.
Margate’s management team made a handful of changes to their starting eleven including the introduction of new signings Louis Wells and Connor Dymond.
After a fairly even start, the hosts had a very strong penalty call waved away. A whipped in corner looked to have hit the hand of a Wingate defender and away from danger but no call was given, much to the dismay of The Gate attack.
The visitors immediately broke down the other end, winning a corner that would prove to be costly. With eight minutes on the clock, a glancing header was met by Laney who managed to wriggle away from his marker to capitalise.
Margate almost levelled immediately, Tom Murphy with a thunderbolt shot from distance hammered the underside of the bar but the ball was deemed not to have crossed the line.
Unperturbed, The Gate continued to battle and secured their equaliser before the break.
A great piece of goalkeeping distribution from Wells triggered a fluid attacking move, unleashing Jack Paxman down the right wing who found Murphy. In the right place at the right time, the Dartford loanee rifled the ball home with conviction.
Margate almost took the lead when a delightful cross-field ball from Alex Flisher was skilfully kept in play by Tom Mills whose tricky deliver almost escaped the Wingate back line and into the back of the net.
The Blues were unlucky not to go ahead at the start of the second half, Murphy hitting the bar once again.
As the conditions deteriorated, Margate began to ask some probing questions of their opponent’s defence.
The hosts eventually took the lead after 60 minutes when Flisher caused mayhem with a long throw. After a number of blocked attempts, centre-back Ben Swift produced a striker’s finish to put Margate ahead.
With both sides contending with the bad weather, Margate keeper Wells had to pull off a couple of smart saves to sustain his side’s lead.
Whilst down the other end, Flisher and Paxman both carved opportunities but not enough to secure a third goal.
Wingate and Finchley broke Margate hearts in extra-time, snatching back a point when Hernandez pounced on a rebounded save to fire his side level.
Margate’s attentions now turn to a trip to second place Lewes, where The Gate will look to extend their unbeaten run in December.
Margate: Wells, Paxman, Mills, Dymond, Friend, Swift, Brown (Sollis), Prescott, Flisher, Collin, Murphy (Barnard).
Subs: Lovell, King, Kingsford.
Saturday, 08 December 2018
By Charlotte Richardson