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Ten Man Margate Earn Point
Margate secured a hard fought 1-1 draw away at Herne Bay on Tuesday evening after being reduced to ten men in the 34th minute.
Margate were without Cameron Brodie, Ade Cole and Sam Blackman, meanwhile Taylor Fisher and James Bessey-Saldanha started as wing backs with Freddy Barton and Harrison Hatfull dropped to the bench.
It looked like a masterstroke bringing Bessey-Saldanha into the starting eleven after just nine minutes as Ben Greenhalgh slipped the ball through to the number ten who was only just beaten to the ball by the on-rushing Harry Brooks in the Herne Bay goal.
Margate had their own keeper to thank moments later as Dan Jinadu produced a double save to keep the scores level. The ‘Gate found themselves under further pressure moments later as Connor Dymond let fly from distance, although his effort continued to rise over the bar.
Herne Bay continued to attack the Blues goal and were rewarded in the 33rd minute as a ball into the box bounced around before being struck home by former ‘Gate defender Dan Johnson to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
It was turning out to be a nightmare Valentine’s evening for the ‘Gate as Emmanuel Oke was shown a straight red card for a challenge on a Herne Bay player, even though it appeared the midfielder had won the ball. Despite being a goal and a man down, the Blues almost levelled five minutes before the break as Peter Ojemen saw his header thunder off the crossbar.
Prestedge turned to his bench at the break with the introduction of Ade Cole in place of Matty Macarthur, however it was the hosts who continued to pepper the ‘Gate goal with half chances.
Despite the disadvantage, Margate found the equaliser in the 67th minute as Nathan Wood unleashed an incredible strike after picking the ball up in his own half before letting fly past the hapless Brooks.
Margate continued to defend their goal heroically with some great defending, and they almost snatched it in the 93rd minute as a delightful ball in from Greenhalgh missed the back post by inches as Margate almost grabbed all three points.
With 95 minutes on the clock the game ended in controversy as the hosts smashed the ball home after some confusion between Jinadu and Sinn’kaye Christie, however the Blues blushes were spared as the linesman’s flag ruled offside as the game finished level.
MARGATE Xl: Jinadu, Fisher Christie, Hudson, Bessey-Saldanha, Roberts (Smith 78’), Greenhalgh, Macarthur (Cole 45’), Ojemen, Oke, Wood
Subs not used: Hatfull, Barton, Knott
Nathan Wood 67’
Margate Man of the Match
Tuesday, 14 February 2023
By MFC Media