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Margate v Corinthian Casuals
Margate welcome newly promoted Corinthian Casuals to Hartsdown Park on Saturday as they kick-start their Bostik Premier league campaign, looking to build on last season’s impressive 7th finish after they missed out on the play-offs by just two points.
There have been several changes over the summer at Hartsdown Park including the departure of former ‘Gate boss Steve Watt who has returned to Maidstone United as Assistant Manager, meaning the Blues have a new management duo in place in Mike Sandmann and Steve Brown.
Player changes have included the arrival of former Dartford talisman Alex Brown in Midfield as well as former Folkestone Invicta Striker Joe Taylor who has arrived having fired Invicta to the play-offs last season.
Corinthian will play their first game at this level after winning promotion last season via the Bostik South play-offs despite losing the final to Walton Casuals on penalties, however due to the league re-structure by the FA the Casuals were promoted to the Isthmian Premier League for the 2018/19 season as best third place finishers.
These two sides last met during the 2017/18 season as they faced each other at Hartsdown Park in the Velocity Trophy with the visitors progressing thanks to a penalty shoot-out win. Injury to both keepers that night saw Margate field centre-half Tom Wynter in goal for the full 90 minutes and penalty shoot-out.
This time around Margate will definitely be without Alex Flisher after he suffered a freak injury in the Blues 5-0 win over Canterbury City during pre-season which rules him out for six weeks, whilst centre-half Ben Swift will also be missing as he serves the final game of his three game ban from last season.
Kick-off at Hartsdown Park is 3pm but don’t forget you can watch a double header of football as Margate Sports face Faversham Town in their latest pre-season fixture ahead of their debut season at Hartsdown Park.
Kick off for the Sports game is 12pm which will be followed by the ‘Gate’s league opener.
You can watch both games for the incredible price of £10 for adults, £8 concession and £5 young persons with all U11's gaining free entry when accompanied by a paying adult.
Remember you can buy your tickets in advance on-line this season here.
Season Tickets can also still be snapped up here.
Thursday, 09 August 2018
By Charlotte Richardson