Monday, 29 March 2010

Carshalton Athletic v Margate PREVIEW, 30th March

Carshalton Athletic will look to make it two wins out of two, when they host Margate this Tuesday evening, in what is a real relegation six pointer.

The Robins are now just one point from safety with a game in hand and will know there is all to play for with Maidstone in a similar relegation battle against Bognor Regis Town on the same evening.

Margate are definitely not to be underestimated however, with The Gate currently enjoying a six-match unbeaten run in the league.

Margate - The Form Book
Despite being in the relegation zone for much of the season, Margate have begun to hit their stride in recent times, since Iain O'Connell has been at the helm.

Currently on a six-match unbeaten run, Margate will undoubtedly be encouraged by their 1-0 win over runaway league leaders Dartford last Tuesday, although perhaps disappointed they could only manage a 1-1 draw when they took on Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Margate went ahead against the playoff challengers thanks to a close range strike from in-form Leroy Huggins, although conceded an equaliser five minutes shy of half-time.

And manager Iain O'Connell revealed that the squad was dejected at the result.

"We took our foot off the pedal, let them back into the game and conceded a goal just before half-time which was very disappointing," he told Gate Radio.

"But I think that when you look at the game on the whole, a draw is probably a fair result. Although when I got back in the changing room afterwards the players were very disappointed and I think that shows how far we're come."

Ian Hazel on new signing Bryon Harrison
"Byron has been thrown in at the deep end a bit and I still think there is more to come from him. He seems to be finding his feet and getting better with each game, and I am hoping that that first goal will really see him kick on," Hazel told the Surrey Comet.

Margate - Players to Watch
Leroy Huggins has enjoyed a good run of form of late, with the forward netting four goals in his last six games.

Sam Jones has developed quite the reputation on the wing for Margate since he signed from Ramsgate in February. He is dangerous on either flank.

James Pinnock is enjoying his third spell with Margate, and netted the winner against Dartford upon his recent to return to first team action.

Grant Cooper has league football experience with Wimbledon and has been an excellent addition to Margate's defence since joining in February.

Jay Saunders is a dynamic midfielder who has notched up over 250 club appearances for Margate during his career. He was Iain O'Connell's first signing last month.

The Stats
Carshalton Athletic
Unbeaten in two matches, the Robins will now play five of their remaining eight games at Colston Avenue.

Normally come away with something while at home, with six wins and four draws out of their 16 games at Colston Avenue. 

Average 331 fans per game when hosting - a figure which ranks them 9th in the league. 

Have a reasonable away record, with six wins on their travels this campaign.

Their impact up-front is quite weak however, averaging only just above a goal per game. 

Lloyd Blackman is the 9th highest goal-scorer within the Ryman Premier, with 13 goals. The same number as Bryon Harrison, and two more than Richard Jolly. 

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