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Reserves 3 Chatham Town Res 2 Kent League Div1

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In a pulsating game between two sides who played fast passing football Margate just had the edge in a 5 goal thriller, thanks mainly to some great keeping by Marc Beresford and the never say die attitude from the rest of the team.


The first ten minutes the Margate defence soaked up early pressure from a pacy looking Chatham front line. A minute later Sam Cliff, who troubled the Chatham defence throughout the game, found Chris Lewis in the area but his shot was hit wide of the right post. In the 15th minute, Danny Stokes went on a surging run to the edge of the area and lat fly with a shot which was well saved by keeper Robbie Hannon. Five minutes later Margate took the lead when Olly Gray put Curtis Winnett through whose shot then went in off the left post.


Two minutes later Chatham broke through and Beresford bravely threw his body at the on rushing Sabeur Trbelsi blocking a certain goal, the ball then found Ryan Rastell but Beresford once again got across to block the shot. In the 25th minute the pace of Cliff found him through and he slotted the ball home only to see the flag up for a dubious offside. ellioot Payne then hit a sweet left foot shot from 25 yards which Hannon once again saved well.


Rastell then went on a great run on the right in the 38th minute and found Justin Asherel in the middle of the area, he hit a great shot from 10 yards out but Beresford once again rose to the challenge making a brilliant point blank save. Three minutes from the end of the half Chatham won a corner, Asherel swung it in and found the in coming head of his captain Luke Mortimore who gave Bresford no chance with his powerful header.


Margate came out with more purpose in second half and a header in midfield in the 55th minute by Winnett found Lewis who pushed the ball through to Sam Cliff who gleefully slid the ball into the net past the Chatham keeper. A minute later Trbelsi broke through but Beresford rushed off his line to smother the ball at the srikers feet.


However a minute later after some pinball stuff in the penalty area Chatham equalised when the final touch came of a Margate defender and found the net. The two teams then both went for the winner and it was no surprise in the 70th minute that one of them found it. A coner by Payne was swung in and Winnett rising well headed powerfully towards the goal. Jim Bodle standing on the line had no choice but to handle it to stop it going in. Elliott Payne stepped up to stroke the ball sweetly into the right hand corner giving his side a lead they did not relinquish.


This was thanks to the excellent Beresford who kept his side in the lead with first a good save from Matthew Rowe then another from Asherel a minute later. Winnett then put Cliff through who found Lewis unmarked in the area but his shot was well saved by Hannon. Asherel then unleashed a terrific shot but Beresford threw himself at it to tip it over the bar. Lewis had the last chance of the game a minute from time but his shot went wide of the post.


Team: Beresford, Stokes, Gray, Argyrides, Harker, Payne, Woodward (Hemming 79th), Winnett (Gonzalez-Bello 87th), Cliff, Lewis, McAree (Wilson 65th.) Unused sub Winchcombe.

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Thanks BGA


Interesting stuff.


A good result with a few regulars away with the first team-and for me at least-some new names in the reserves


Whats with the goalkeeping situation-Beresford playing well-in the reserves.

Jurhen Wild now on the scene as first team reserve,and where is Krunic these days ?


A chance to overtake dartford by winning there next week then;and then not out of the questiuon that the Margate could finish second in this league to Thamesmead.

very commendable.

Top quartile div one is Kent league Premier standard i guess; which possibly partly explains why some reserves are finding it easier to play for the first team and more importantly, keep their first team squad places;as opposed to 'one -offs'.


Slowly but surely, the reserves are 'paying off';and credit to MFC for re-instigating the reserve team two seasons ago,and for those involved who have taken it on from there.


Surely -a success story of MFC ?


If the first team can keep Premiership status-surely the future does auger well again for MFC on the playing front ?



Up the 'Gate



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nice to see Jason Mcaree making his first start since possible September. not match fit by any means but showed some great touches.

great game for the nuetral.

attendance around 20.

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Good to see young Dan GB and Caine out, both will always work hard for Margate, always have done, good to get the local lads out who wear the badge with pride well do MFC reserves.

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Originally Posted By: TSO
Anonwatcher, I think the reserves are at Folkestone the following Tuesday, 24th February, for their Kent Quarter Final game.

According to the Kent League site it is the 24th.
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Must say that on Saturday there were a lot of new faces that I hadn't seen or seen much of before.

"The Bear" had a very good game in goal like Mullins did the previous week for the 1sts. He pulled off three incredible saves during one goalmouth scramble when Chatham looked odds on to score. Amazing speed, agility and strength. Very well done Mark.

The team played very well considering so many of the regular reserves were at the 1sts.


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As Michael says in his post above it certainly looks like the club are reaping the rewards of having a reserve set-up. Kenny Pratt, Luke Wheatley, Curtis Robinson, Joe Taylor and Nick Treadwell all pushing through to the 1st team. Olti Keki "The Oltinator" and Shane Brown also travelled to Hastings with the 1sts this Saturday. SUPER STUFF LADS!

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