(From http://www.margate-fc.co.uk) There was praise aplenty from Margate manager Jay Saunders as he marked his return to Hartsdown Park with three points against play-off hopefuls Brightingsea Regent.
A Ben Swift header proved enough to earn Margate’s first victory since December rounding off a productive first week in the hot-seat for Saunders.
“It’s been a good week, starting with the point away at Tonbridge who are flying at the moment and a win here against a side on a good run, looking at getting a play-off place. So it’s a good four point return but most importantly starting off with a home win and a good buzz to build on.”
Margate came out the blocks well and could have taken the lead earlier when new signing Noel Leighton stepped up to take a penalty.
Whilst a golden opportunity for Gate’s new number nine to get on the scoresheet, Saunders suspects it won’t be too long until opens he opens his account for the club.
“It was a good save. Flish would have taken it had he been on but he was receiving treatment and not allowed back.”
“I thought Noel connected with it well but the keeper has just managed to go the right way. I feel for him as his performance deserved a goal but one thing I will say is he didn’t let his head drop and kept going which is what I wanted. He came in today not knowing anyone and I give him credit for stepping up.”
Margate eventually broke the deadlock with Swift getting his second goal in seven days and two in two under his new manager.
“It was a great header and a great delivery. I was really pleased with the front four overall. I thought we created a lot.”
“Over the last few weeks, in the games I have watched, we have not created much in the final third but today we created a hell of a lot and another day we win 4-0.”
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