/ Rogo Returns
It is a name that always looks good on a Margate team-sheet and the return of James Rogers for The Gate’s trip to Cray Wanderers would have made a nice surprise for the travelling contingent.
Rogers returned to the Margate starting eleven to help Manager Jay Saunders who is juggling a squad hit by a number of injuries including those to Michael Abnett and Jack Richards.
Speaking after the game, Rogers revealed how his move out of retirement came about.
“I’ve known Jay for a long time and when he asked for some help for tonight’s game, I was happy to do so. It’s always nice to pull on a Margate shirt and although I’m saying it’s a one-off, I’d always be willing to help the club should they need it.”
Rogers slotted into the Margate team with seeming ease, although that wasn’t quite how he was feeling afterwards…
“Despite retiring at the end of last season, I’ve kept myself in good shape and been going to the gym and stuff. It was a tough game to come into because Cray are a decent side, they have pace and move the ball around, but I did enjoy it although I’m sure I will feel it tomorrow!”
Whilst Rogers hasn’t been around the team much, he gave his assessment on their chances for the season ahead.
“I think there is a good team in the making there. You’ve got players who like to get the ball down and player, a number of them really impressed me tonight. It was unfortunate to lose tonight but it is still very early days and I think they will only get stronger as time goes on.”
“Jay is an experienced manager, there is a good coaching set-up here and although the league will be a tough one this year, I think it is probably the most competitive it has been for a few seasons. I really hope the boys do well and for the supporters too, it should be a decent season and it was nice to play a small part tonight.”
Thursday, 22 August 2019
By Charlotte Richardson