Matt positive despite midweek Trophy exit
Another good performance on Tuesday night against a strong Margate team away from home. We had a squad with only one player over 21 and matched our more senior opponents for large parts of the game. In the second half in particular we forced Margate to bring on further senior players and change their shape as we were on top at times.
I was really pleased with how we coped with the quality Margate had and how we had an impact on the game ourselves and caused them problems.
We rested Jason Davis, Alex Gaggin, Drew Cooney, Steve Sargent, Oshane Brown and Tariq Straker from Saturday's squad against Shoreham and gave debuts to Jack Griffiths, Jack Wingate and Joshua Burrows, who all having come through the under 23s as well giving a debut from the bench to Luke Tan, who we have signed from Shoreham after he impressed against us last Saturday. Luke is an attacking midfielder who likes to dribble the ball and gives us another attacking option.
Overall it was another impressive performance from our young squad and we look forward to Saturday's game against Whyteleafe when we are hoping to be able to pick from a fully fit squad and will go into the game full of confidence.
Thanks to the fans that travelled to Margate and I hope you enjoyed watching our young team play.
Margate 2, East Grinstead Town 1
Wasps suffered their second cup exit at the hands of Premier Division Margate, but emerged with plenty of credit after a very good performance in Tuesday’s Velocity Trophy first round tie at Hartsdown Park.
Both sides rotated their squads with Wasps handing debuts to four players, three of whom have come through the under-23s. Luke Tan, a midfielder who played for Shoreham in their 7-2 defeat at East Court on Saturday, came off the bench after joining the Wasps on Monday.
The hosts began strongly. Henry Ikejie nearly profited on a bad clearance by Wingate and Frannie Collin struck the bar with a 15th-minute free kick. Liam Friend headed against the post before Margate took the lead on 35 minutes when Ikijie was fouled in the box and Collin beat Wingate from the penalty spot.
Grinstead levelled just before the break when Elliott took a pass from Oshaye Hutchinson and fired coolly home for his eighth goal of the season.
The goal infused Wasps with confidence and they gave as good as they got in the second half with decent chances created by Reiss Franklyn, Elliott and Leo Mazzone.
But it was Margate who took the chance that mattered on the hour when Harry Stannard converted Collin’s cross to see his side into the second round.
Team - 1 Jack Wingate, 2 Callum Wilson, 3 Jack Griffiths, 4 Michael Wilson, 5 CJ Williams-Agunabor, 6 Josh Burrowes, 7 Will Hoare (sub: Dan Hogan), 8 Leo Mazzone (sub: Luke Tan), 9 Oshaye Hutchinson, 10 Marcus Elliott (Luke Saggers), 11 Reiss Franklyn. Unused subs: Tariq Straker.
Sat 30 v VCD Athletic, kick off 3pm
Sat 7 v Lewes, kick off 3pm
200 CLUB WINNERS
1st prize £60 - D Guess
2nd prize £20 - K Astley
3rd prize £8 – D Owen
1st Prize £60 – M Thomas
2nd Prize £20 – L Parrett
3rd Prize £10 – S Hedgecock
1st Prize £60 - Andy Cooper
2nd Prize £20 - Richard Tramontin
3rd Prize £10 - Alan Woolley
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Alex Gaggin celebrates his first goal in Saturday's 7-2 win over Shoreham
Pictures by Stuart Gibson