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Published: Friday, 22 October 2010 08:38
Blues return to league action as Margate visit New Lodge
The Blues welcome Margate to New Lodge on Saturday as Craig Edwards team make a return to league action after a week of cup football. The last seven days have produced a mixture of results with progress being made in the FA Trophy before a disappointing exit from the League Cup to local rivals Canvey Island. With another three new players making their debuts against Canvey, Edwards responded to criticism of the current high turnover of personnel.
“I agree that we have used too many players this season. But, we will continue to sign players until we get what we want. Non-league football isn’t like the pro game. You haven’t got the luxury of looking at players over a number of games before you decide whether to sign them. It’s more a case of trial or error. You’ve got to take the jump and sign the player to take a look at them.” said Edwards.
“We’ve purposely kept a strong and consistent defence from the start of the season. The rest of the team have had a fair crack of the whip over the last 6 or 7 games and some of them have just been too inconsistent. That’s why I’m still on the look out for more players. We’ve been looking for an attacking midfield player, a wide man and a goalscorer.”
Edwards feels that he may have struck gold with his recent signings of attacking midfielder Sean Bonnett-Thompson and forward Anthony Robinson.
“Sean has done really well for us since he came in. He’s just been released by QPR and played for us in the reserves match last week and then started at Biggleswade last Saturday, scored a goal and played well. He got another goal on Tuesday night and I’m really impressed with him. Anthony Robinson is getting better with every game he plays. He’s got a great goalscoring record in his career and I think he’ll score a lot of goals for us. He hasn’t played much since March, but he’s a fit lad as he’s a Cage Fighter by profession.”
Another, and quite possibly Edwards most controversial signing has seen the return to the club of Bertie Brayley.
“Yes, it’s been quite a controversial signing!” said Edwards. “Bertie phoned me at the weekend to ask if he could come over and see us. We talked things over and I invited him to come and play for us in the League Cup game against Canvey, see how that works out and we’ll then have another chat. I thought he did really well for us during his time on the pitch and he also made a great save!”
“Bertie scores goals and that’s what we need. If we sign him it will be on strict terms and he’ll have to take a pay cut from what he’s used to and commit to being with us for the season.”
One player that won’t be involved against Margate is defender/midfielder Dave Collis.
“I’m not too disappointed that Dave has gone, just more disappointed with the way that his departure came about. We gave him a chance in pre-season when possibly nobody else would have and gave him games and got him fit. Hornchurch then made an approach for him and he’s gone there for more money.”
Kick off is at 15.00
Admission is £9 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for under 16’s
Last time against Margate
13/03/10 Blues 1 (Thomas) Margate 2
Our last 6 games
19/10/10 Blues 2 Canvey 3
16/10/10 Biggleswade 0 Blues 1
09/10/10 Hornchurch 1 Blues 1
05/10/10 Concord 1 Blues 1
02/10/10 Blues 2 Horsham 1
28/09/10 Concord 1 Blues 0
Did you know……
Margate became the ‘Nursery’ side for Arsenal in 1934 and reduced the size of the pitch at Hartsdown Park to match the one at Highbury
They changed their name to Thanet Utd in 1981 when they became a limited company
They reverted to Margate FC in 1989
Current Manager Iain O’Connell has been in charge since February
Margate finished 4th from bottom in the Ryman Premier League last season but earned a reprieve from relegation due to re-structuring and the movement of other clubs higher up the Pyramid
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Published: Thursday, 21 October 2010 13:36
President's Cup Match Report
After last weeks 4-1 dismantling of Bishop Stortford at Woodside Park the Ressies entertained our dear good friends Canvey Island at New Lodge in the second round of the Presidents Cup. With a good mix of youngsters and first team players the Blues went about what they often do best - show people the door empty handed! But not before the visitors broke the deadlock with a well-taken first half goal educating our players that it only takes a moment to be punished if you dolly daydream and take your foot off the gas, especially after missing several good scoring opportunities up front. But Hey! A few kind words and some jelly babies at half time plus the fact they wouldn’t get any grub after the game, guess what? They soon woke up!
With a freezing wind to their backs the Blues finally switched gears and began where they left off last week, beginning with a well-taken strike and goal from Tony Martin after 50 mins. 10mins later Mike Marsh added to the score-line with again another well-taken strikers goal. The visitors now knew what was coming and it wasn’t pretty! No! Not a hot dog from the Blues Burger bar, but another great goal in the shape of a quick turn and chip over the keeper head from striker Mike Marsh to make it 3-1. With this Cup tie now well won, Blues were awarded a penalty right on the stroke of full time for which no names mentioned decided to kill a crow sitting high in a tree instead of bagging his hat-trick.
Now the Blues had only one thing on their mind. Would John and Moods eat all the grub before they could get changed? This win now sees us drawn at Home in the next round against our other mates Chelmsford City, probably on Wednesday 1st December.
Team: Jack Giddens. Ryan O'Rawe, Kane Branson, Cedric Ngakam, Alfie Wren, Steve Butterworth, Christian Agyaipong, Billy Radley, Junior Luke, Tony Martin, Mike Marsh. Subs: Kofie Kessi: on for O'Rawe after 15mins. Bradley Adams: on for Agyaipong after 55mins. Connel Dunlop: on for Kessie after 75mins.
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Published: Monday, 18 October 2010 18:16
BTFC are to hold Trials this coming Saturday for their EJA U15s side.
Players in all playing positions are required.
Please contact Gerry Jordan on 07958 614836 for further details.
Trials will take place this coming Saturday 23rd Oct at New Lodge between 9.30am and 12.30pm.