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Margate skipper James Rogers on the Bostik Premier play-off race

By Mark Stokes

Skipper James Rogers believes the form Margate are in at the moment they shouldn't fear anyone in the Bostik Premier.

Saturday’s 1-0 home victory over Lowestoft extended the Gate’s unbeaten run to nine - the last five of which have been wins - and Rogers says the dressing room at Hartsdown is understandably buoyant.

The former Maidstone United midfielder explained: "We’re a confident bunch anyway. We’ve got winners in the dressing room from previous seasons, players that have done well and this isn't the first run we’ve been on (this season).

James Rogers Picture: Don Walker
James Rogers Picture: Don Walker

"We had one at the start of the season, when maybe we had a few too many draws, then we went on another.

"We lost three over the Christmas period but now we’re on another run so we’re proving we can put runs together."

Rogers believes the title is as good as Billericay's - they lead the table on goal difference from Dulwich but have played seven games fewer than their nearest rivals and eight less than the Gate, who are three points back.

He said: "I think Billericay should have it wrapped up, with the experience they’ve got in their squad and the resources they’ve got.

"We’re three points behind but they’ve got a lot of games in hand and with the size of their squad I should imagine they'll come through.

"We’ve got to look to the play-offs and we’ve got a good record this season against the top six or seven. I think we’ve lost to Folkestone (3-1 at home on New Year's Day) and that’s it.

"We've had injuries all season but the players who come in can all do a job. We are proving we can create and score goals and we’ve just got to keep being tight at the back which we have done.

"As long as we can cement ourselves in there we’d fancy the play-offs."

Margate travel to Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday but will be without Rogers, who starts a two-game suspension after his yellow card against Lowestoft took him to 10 for the season.

A virtual ever present this season Rogers said: "It's a little bit frustrating (the ban) especially as we've just got the one game this week which it means it's two weeks without football for me.

"Had it been in January when we were playing Saturday-midweek, Saturday-midweek it would have only been one week off."

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