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Margate manager Steve Watt previews home FA Cup clash with Leatherhead

By Mark Stokes

Margate manager Steve Watt says the fact his side have already beaten Leatherhead this season does not necessarily make them favourites for their big FA Cup clash at Hartsdown.

The Gate produced one of their best displays of the season in winning 2-0 at Fetcham Grove in the Bostik Premier last month, but Watt admits Saturday’s fourth qualifying round tie is too tight to call.

The clubs are separated only by goal difference in the table and Watt, whose side lost 2-1 at Enfield on Saturday, said: “It’s a massive game for both clubs.

Steve Watt Picture: Don Walker
Steve Watt Picture: Don Walker

“We were very good at Leatherhead and in the end probably could have won by three or four but just because we’ve beaten them once doesn’t mean we will just go out and beat them again.

“Yes we’ll be confident because we know what worked for us in the game before but if anything the fact that we’ve already beaten them will probably give them a bit more of an incentive.”

Watt’s main concern ahead of the cup tie is an injury list to which striker Frannie Collin (groin) and winger Dave Martin (knock) were added at Enfield.

The Gate boss was already without Alex Flisher (out for the season), Jay May, Liam Enver-Marum, Chris Sessegnon and Jordan Chiedozie before the trip to Enfield and he then lost keeper Lenny Pidgeley just ahead of kick-off through illness.

Midfielder Jack Evans came on as a half-time substitute despite still not being 100% fit and Watt admits it is probably a blessing that the Gate had no midweek fixture this week.

Watt, who admits he was down to the 'bare bones' for training on Monday, said: “This week will be good for us, to get people patched-up and rested, but we’ve got to be careful with one or two of the boys because if we don’t get them right or bring them back too soon they may turn into longer term injuries.”

Pidgeley and Martin should both be back for the weekend, and Sessegnon also has a good chance, but Watt is less optimistic about Collin – Gate’s scorer at Enfield – and Chiedozie and will leave any decision about that pair until as late as possible. Enver-Marum was due to see his physio this week.

Jay May has a calf injury but even if the striker is fit he can’t play as he is cup-tied

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