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Sandmann Applauds Display
Joint Manager Mike Sandmann was delighted with the way Margate dealt with some challenging conditions to bank another productive 90 minutes pre-season preparation.
After Great Wakering pulled out of their friendly with the club, Margate’s Management duo moved quickly to secure a game against Canterbury City which was vital, according to Sandmann.
“I’d like to thank Canterbury City for stepping in last minute to play us. With the season drawing closer and closer, it was important players continued to get minutes of game time under their belt.”
“The boys have worked really hard both on the training ground and away from it and I think tonight you could see the progress. The fitness and sharpness is building and we needed another run out to asses where we are at."
"We had a really good test against a strong Ashford side on Tuesday night and this evening was another kind of challenge which the team dealt with well.”
Whilst the thunder and lightening provided a daunting back drop, nothing could perturb The Gate, especially during a second half which saw the team strike four past their opponents.
“I think the second half is testament to the fitness the boys are working towards. They worked hard tonight, dominated possession for long periods and put into practice the things Browny and I asked of them at the break; and a number of them got on the scoresheet as a result.”
Goals from Alex Brown, Frannie Collin, Jack Paxman, Kofi Boateng and Joe Taylor highlighted Margate’s attacking threat across the team which was a major positive for Sandmann.
“It’s good to see goals coming from across the team. We created plenty of chances throughout the game. Defensively, I thought we did well and with that foundation we were able to manufacture more opportunities which the boys took.”
“One thing this team has got already is bundles of spirit. They work hard for each other and there’s a really good feel around the dressing room. Browny and I want to foster that environment and hopefully the displays will continue to improve.”
“We have got two more friendlies at Hartsdown Park which is great, as it’s always nice to play here. The fact 150 people came out to support us when the forecast wasn’t great is appreciated. Hopefully they all went away happy and will want to come back again to see this squad continue to gel together.”
Saturday, 28 July 2018
By Charlotte Richardson