Hawks v Gate first ever match                                                                                                                                    

Our first competitive match against Margate was an FA Cup 2ndQualifying Round tie at the Enclosed Ground on the 29 September 1990. The Hawks were in Sussex County League Division 1 and Margate were a Southern League South Division team. The visitors won 1-0 through a 20thminute goal from Paul Underwood.

Hawks keeper Alex Burns had broken his left elbow in a home game against Pagham, so his place went to Malcolm Judge who played over 300 times for the Hawks but had missed almost a year of football with a similar injury. Also side-lined for the Hawks was Steve Richardson who had broken his arm playing Sunday League football. Margate included former Albion youngster Roy Hales in their line-up. Hawks had 17-year old youth striker Darren Freeman on the bench. Darren would go on to play for Gate after his professional career with the Albion ended.

Margate lost in the next round to Peacehaven & Telscombe, with manager Colin Powell, one of three bosses at Hartsdown Park during the season, resigning after their first ever defeat to a Sussex County League side.

Hawks: Malcolm Judge, Ricky Mitchell, Alan Dove, Glen Geard, Andy Packham, Simon Edwards, Doug Melville, Micky Russell, Kevin Crooks, Darren Barnett, Darron Gearing. Subs: Paul Boxall and Darren Freeman

Manager: Sammy Donnelly

Margate: Joe Radford, Trevor Timms, John Roles, Carl Scriven, Paul Sawyer, Colin Ford, Andy Sawyer, Ian Young, Paul Underwood, Roy Hales, Paul Lancaster. Subs: David Powell and Martin Buglione

Manager: Colin Powell

The Hawks next met Margate in September 2010, going down to their heaviest defeat of the season, 5-1 in an FA Trophy 1stQualifying Round tie in Kent. Margate were a Ryman Premier League side, with the Hawks newly promoted to Ryman South. 2-0 down at half-time, Joe Gatting’s goal gave the Hawks some hope, but that was quickly extinguished by a second half hat-trick by Shaun Welford. Former Lewes midfielder and current Maidstone United manager, Jay Saunders, scored Gate’s 2nd.

First league meeting

Our first league meeting was in the Ryman Premier League on 9 February 2013, when the Gate recorded a 2-1 home win to end a 16-match unbeaten run for the Hawks. The Hawks had gone into the fixture leading the table and took a half-time lead through Michael Malcolm’s 7thof the season. Second half goals from ex-Brentford striker Alex Rhodes won the game for the home side. The return game in March at the Enclosed Ground ended 1-1, with the Hawks hitting the woodwork four times. The visitors were unbeaten in six and took a 20thminute lead through John Beales. Hawks equalised four minutes before half-time when Malcolm was brought down for Charlie Henry to convert the penalty on his home debut. The result didn’t stop the Hawks ending the season as Champions.

Recent matches

In 2015-16 in National League South, the Hawks drew 2-2 with Margate in the first home game of the season. Two goals from Jake Robinson before half-time had put the Hawks on course for our first ever win against the Kent side. A Freddie Ladapo inspired come back down the hill denied the Hawks in the second half. Hawks winger David Martin made his debut in that game.

Our first ever victory against Margate was finally achieved in some style with a 6-2 away win at Hartsdown Park in November 2016, courtesy of a Scott Neilson second half hat-trick. A week after knocking Lincoln City out of the FA Cup, the Hawks were on a high, but were twice pegged back before half time after Jordan Rose and Arnaud Mendy had put us in front. Freddie Ladapo once more scored for the Gate, shortly before earning a move to Premier League Crystal Palace. The Hawks, with the wind and rain at their backs in the second half, destroyed the home side with some tremendous attacking football. Leatherhead’s current manager Nikki Bull was in goal for Margate.

Both teams struggled at the wrong end of the table in National League South in 2016-17.  The Hawks did the double over the Gate, winning both encounters 2-0. Christian Assombalonga scored his only ever goal for the Hawks in the first game, with Josh Passley and Glen Southam on target in the return, in what was manager Steve Watt’s first game in charge of Margate. The win ended a run of 14 games without a victory for the Hawks, who would eventually stay up, with Margate returning to the Ryman Premier.