Margate 1-3 Whitehawk
Whitehawk ended 2018 on a high as they defeated Margate 3-1 at Hartsdown Park.
The Hawks looked promising in the opening minutes, but it was Margate who struck first with Ben Swift heading a looping ball over a helpless Melvin Minter to make it 1-0. After the goal, the Hawks maintained most of the position, getting into dangerous positions on some occasions, but they lacked the ability to grab an equaliser. After 28 minutes, the Gate could have doubled their lead through an overhead kick from forward Frannie Collin, but Minter showed good hands to stop the effort. 10 minutes before the break Whitehawk had a great chance to equalise through a well-struck curling effort from Ky Marsh-Brown from just inside the penalty area, with Margate keeper Louis Wells showing good hands to save the ball rebounding to an incoming Sinn’Kaye Christie.
As half time approached, The Hawks started to look more dangerous and surely should have had an equaliser with Connor Tighe winning the ball on the edge of the Margate penalty area and then teed up Jason Williams who’s shot rattled the crossbar to spare the blushes of a then disorganised Home defence. The blushes came back just a minute later as the Hawks’ efforts finally paid off with Henry Muggeridge beating former Hawk David Martin to hit a well-struck ball into the box which missed the entire Margate defence to be headed home at point blank range by Aaron Goode to tie it up at the half.
The Hawks started the second half with a bang and should have taken the lead with Jason Williams beating Margate defender Jack Paxman to the ball to then set up Connor Tighe, who met the ball sweetly with a powerful volley smashing against the crossbar and bouncing well clear. The Hawks persisted and grabbed a deserved lead after 58 minutes with Jason Williams taking on 2 Margate defenders, beating them both and then beating the keeper with a good finish from a tight angle to make it 2-1 to Whitehawk.
The hosts grew more and more bad tempted with Hawks players being on the end of some nasty challenges, notably Ky Marsh-Brown who was seemingly singled out for rough treatment after a high amount of fouls against him. Marsh-Brown was clearly frustrated with this and he duly made Margate pay. After being played up the pitch with some brilliant build up play, Marsh-Brown played in Williams for his second of the afternoon, a powerful finish after an initial save by the goalkeeper. Margate continued to be aggressive towards the Hawks with numerous Whitehawk players continuing to be on the end of reckless and borderline dangerous challenges, but the team spirit showed was remarkable with the whole team standing up for each other in the face of dangerous play. Referee Daniel Doyle appeared to be rapidly losing control of a bad tempered ending during the 6 minutes of injury time indicated with the hosts looking like they would be lucky to end the game with all 11 on the players on the field. Margate were threatening our goal, as well as our players, in the closing minutes but couldn’t beat a stern Hawks defence who saw the game out to earn what could be a crucial 3 points.
Gate: Wells, Paxman, Mills, Dymond, Friend (c), Swift, Brown (Murphy 68′), Robins (Barnard 68′), Flisher, Collin, Martin (King 79′)
Subs not used: Kallameier
Hawks: Minter, Goode, Broughton, Unwin, Christie, Drage, Tighe, Muggeridge (c), Williams, Fraser (Hallard 77′), Ky Marsh-Brown (Rodrigues 81′)
Subs not used: Walsh, Emberson, Pinney
Goals: Swift 7′ (Margate); Goode 45’+2, Williams 58′, 74′ (Whitehawk)
Yellow Cards:Paxman, Dymond, Flisher (Margate); Minter, Broughton, Drage (Whitehawk)
Man of the Match: Jason Williams (Whitehawk)