Match Preview – Margate vs Wealdstone Sat 1st March



Wealdstone fans will undertake their very own jolly boys’ outing this weekend, as they travel to Margate to watch their team continue their promotion push. Four wins in their last six in the league has seen The Stones regain their best form, and they currently sit just four points off the top of the table with three games in hand on both of the sides above them.

Gordon Bartlett’s side ran out winners in a crucial local derby on Monday night, seeing off an inconsistent Harrow Borough 3-0 at The Vale. Michael Malcolm, Elliot Godfrey and Luke Pigden got the goals in the rout, to ensure Wealdstone go into Saturday’s clash full of momentum.

Margate currently occupy sixteen position in the Ryman Premier and with no real hopes of reaching the play-offs, but looking relatively safe from relegation, the Kent outfit are playing without too much pressure on them at the moment.

However, with only three victories in their last fourteen outings, manager Terry Brown will want to ensure that his players can begin to hit some sort of form, as we enter the final third of the season. Margate has of course made some big budget signings recently as they look to mount a serious challenge for honours next season.

The Gate suffered a disappointing defeat last time out, losing 1-0 away to Leiston on Tuesday, but will take heart from the face that back in October, they became the first club to beat The Stones in the league this season. Charles Ademeno got the game’s only got that afternoon, after just two minutes.

Wealdstone may be without forward Jonny Wright as he continues to struggle with a back problem, but should have Tom Hamblin back in the squad after he missed Monday’s win with suspected concussion.

By Matt Desai

Don’t forget- it’s just £10 return (when booked via this link) from London St Pancras  International to Margate tomorrow (42 minutes past the hour , journey time 1 hour 28 minutes – the ground is a comfortable 15 minute walk from the station – trains back leave at 53 minutes past the hour)