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It was a case of what might have been again for Tooting at Margate’s Hartsdown Road as they become the architects of their own undoing.
It was the best possible start for the Terrors, taking the lead in just the 2nd minute after Chace O’Neill had been brought down about four yards outside the Margate penalty area. Peter Wedgeworth stepped up to take the resultant free kick, which he struck left footed, with accuracy but no great pace. As Lenny Pidgeley went down towards his left hand post, he looked to have the effort comfortably covered however as he did so, all he was able to do was help the ball on its way into the net. For the next ten minutes or so, Tooting appeared to be quite comfortable however that all changed in the 14th minute when Eddie Dines was adjudged to have fouled Sam Blackman as he took the ball off of him just inside the Tooting penalty area after the Terrors had failed to clear their lines cleanly. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Margate drew themselves level as Jordan Chiedozie sent Matte Pierson the wrong way. Things then went from bad to worse for Tooting just four minutes later as trying to play the ball out from the back, Matt Drage hit it straight to the feet of an opponent, leaving Margate to break forward at pace, two on one, with Quincy Rowe caught between closing down the man breaking forward and staying tight to his man in the middle. As the ball was played across the Terrors’ 6 yard box, it was struck first time by Chiedozie with his instep and Margate suddenly found themselves in front. For the remainder of the half, much of the game was played in the middle third of the field with no further clear cut chances created.
There was nothing to suggest from the first half performance that Tooting couldn’t get themselves back into the game in the second forty five however within 3 minutes of the re-start and not fully concentrating, the Terrors fell two behind as Margate passed the ball, virtually unchallenged, from just inside Tooting’s half, all the way down to the edge the penalty area, where no one picked up the run of Sam Blackman who received the ball and after one touch, struck it past Matte Pierson to extend the home side’s lead. For the remaining forty two minutes of the half Tooting defended quite efficiently and were probably the more threatening of the two sides with Isaiah Jones looking increasingly dangerous down the right hand side as he started to see much more of the ball. Tooting’s persistence paid off in the 65th minute when Chace O’Neill pulled a goal but despite their efforts, they were unable to make any further inroads, leaving the home side grateful to be coming away with all three points.
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