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Margate
Harlow Town
Unknown (51', 63', 67', 75', 76' Sent Off)
Full time
M Foy (13', 32')
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 451

Hawks pegged back at Margate

Harlow Town surrendered a half time lead to fall to a heavy defeat away to playoff-chasing Margate.

Matt Foy hit twice in the first half to put the Hawks in a commanding position, but the hosts came out firing in the second period to take a 4-2 lead within 30 minutes.

Margate were reduced to 10 men after George Essuman was shown a second yellow, and despite Harlow Town using the extra man to put pressure on, the hosts saw out the game to keep up their push for a promotion spot.

Harlow Town started with a high-tempo pressing game, and it rattled the home defence who looked shaky under pressure, with Jared Small firing in several crosses at goal early on.

April 7th Margate 4-2 Harlow
34 photos

The Hawks took the lead with 13 minutes on the clock when Matt Foy raced onto a long clearance downfield to find himself in plenty of space. Bearing down on the goalkeeper, he showed remarkable composure to side-foot the shot into the corner from a narrow angle.

Harlow nearly doubled the lead just minutes later when a cross found Robbie Martin free in the middle of the box, but we was unable to connect with the difficult left-foot volley.

Margate were starting to show signs of the team that were occupying the final playoff space with five games to go. Harlow stopper David Hughes had to react quickly to preserve the lead when Jay May sent a looping header goalwards, but it was tipped onto the bar and over.

Harlow went straight down the other end and doubled the lead with 32 minutes played. Alex Read broke through on the left, and he looked up to pick out Matt Foy with a low cross for a simple tap-in from six yards out.

Margate went close again when Jordan Chiedozie hit the woodwork, but the Hawks cleared the danger and went into the break with a well-deserved two goal lead.

HT: Margate 0-2 Harlow Town

The hosts came out firing after the interval, and whatever was said in the changing room at half time worked wonders as the reduced the deficit just six minutes later. A corner was cleared up in the air, and with David Hughes unable to get through a congested six yard box to collect the ball, Jay May reached it first to head in.

The home fans didn’t have to wait long for another goal as Margate drew level in the 63rd minute. Frannie Collin latched onto a long ball forward and shrugged off the Harlow defender before drilling low into the corner with a well-taken finish.

The turnaround was complete in the 67th minute, and it was Jay May scoring with his head again. A perfectly executed cross from Dave Martin put the ball on a plate for May, who nodded in from close range to take the lead for the first time in the game.

Margate well and truly had the bit between their teeth, and May was looking for his hat-trick when he released a shot from the edge of the area. David Hughes got behind it however, to keep the Hawks within touching distance.

With 15 minutes of normal time remaining, Margate opened up a two goal cushion. A long clearance from goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley found Jordan Chiedozie, who cut across the edge of the area before shooting back across goal and into the bottom corner.

The hosts were cruising, but Harlow Town were offered a glint of hope a minute later when Margate were reduced to ten men. George Essuman went into a heavy challenge on Hawks midfielder Charlie Edwards, leaving him in a heap on the floor. Essuman was shown a second yellow, which could have been a straight red, and given his marching orders.

Buoyed by the man advantage, Harlow pressed forward once again to salvage something from the game. Alex Read saw a shot well saved by Pidgeley from close quarters with just minutes of normal time remaining.

As the full time whistle approached a dangerous cross from Christian Scales found Fabion Simms in the middle, but the Margate defence held firm to clear the shot off the line and see out the win.

FT: Margate 4-2 Harlow Town
ATTENDANCE: 451

The Hawks remain in 21st in the table, with 40 points from their 41 league games. They are now five points above the relegation zone, needing five points from the final five games to mathematically ensure league survival.

Next up Harlow Town face Brightlingsea Regent at home on Saturday 14th April. Kick off is at 3pm.

Christian Scales

Player of the Match

Christian Scales

Key moments

13:00
Goal Matt Foy scores for Harlow Town
32:00
Goal Matt Foy scores for Harlow Town
51:00
Goal Goal for Margate
63:00
Goal Goal for Margate
67:00
Goal Goal for Margate
75:00
Goal Goal for Margate
76:00
Red Card A player is sent off for Margate

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April 7th Margate 4-2 Harlow
34 photos

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Christian Scales is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
76:00 Red Card 4 - 2
A player is sent off for Margate
75:00 Goal 4 - 2
Goal for Margate
67:00 Goal 3 - 2
Goal for Margate
63:00 Goal 2 - 2
Goal for Margate
56:00 Sub Off
Robbie Martin is substituted off for Harlow Town
56:00 Sub On
Charlie Edwards is substituted on for Harlow Town
51:00 Goal 1 - 2
Goal for Margate
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Matt Foy is yellow carded for Harlow Town
32:00 Assist
Alex Read makes an assist for Harlow Town
32:00 Goal 0 - 2
Matt Foy scores for Harlow Town
13:00 Goal 0 - 1
Matt Foy scores for Harlow Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Margate
  • Harlow Town
  • 0
  • Matt Foy Goal 13:00'
  • Matt Foy Goal 32:00'
  • Alex Read Assist 32:00'
  • Matt Foy Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Goal 51:00'
  • Robbie Martin Sub Off 56:00'
  • Charlie Edwards Sub On 56:00'
  • Goal 63:00'
  • Goal 67:00'
  • Goal 75:00'
  • Red Card 76:00'

Team selection

Hughes, David Hughes, David
Jones, Aaron Jones, Aaron
Scales, Christian Scales, Christian
Clarke, Sam Clarke, Sam
Pollard, Joshua Pollard, Joshua
Small, Jared Small, Jared
Read, Alex Read, Alex
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Gordon, Syrus Gordon, Syrus
Martin, Robbie Martin, Robbie
Foy, Matt Foy, Matt

League round up

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Folkestone Invicta
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Needham Market
2
0
Dorking Wanderers
Tooting & Mitcham United
0
0
Wingate & Finchley
0
1

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47
22. Lowestoft Town 46 43
23. Burgess Hill Town 46 36
24. Tooting & Mitcham United 46 36

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