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Margate manager Steve Watt looks ahead to Bostik Premier home game with Leatherhead

By Mark Stokes

Margate host Leatherhead on Tuesday and boss Steve Watt wants his players to reproduce the intensity they showed in beating leaders Dulwich Hamlet.

The Gate's 1-0 victory at Hartsdown Park on Saturday extended their unbeaten sequence to three and came a week after they had been just a few minutes from winning away to title favourites Billericay.

That game eventually finished 1-1, but Watt says Margate's performances against two of the Bostik Premier big guns have set a benchmark which he hopes his players can maintain.

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

Watt explained: "We said to the players after the game on Saturday we've got to remember this feeling, remember how we got here.

"When we go into games and we’re too open or concede sloppy goals we’ve got to have the mindset we had against Billericay and Dulwich.

"We can rewind back to those games and remind ourselves what was required individually to win those games. If we do that and play like we did in those two matches we won’t lose many."

Gate's win over Dulwich kept them in eighth, still within reach of the play-offs, but Watt expects a tough game against in-form Leatherhead, who are below the Blues only on goal difference with a game in hand.

He said: "Leatherhead are absolutely flying at the moment, they won again on Saturday so that's seven on the bounce.

"It's going to be another tough game between two good sides, but I think they would rather have played us two weeks ago (before Margate had started a three-game unbeaten run).

"The fixture list has not been overly kind to us but what I like to think is that my sides will always go out and give 100%.

"At the level we're at you're going to get inconsistency, they're not earning hundreds of thousands of pounds a week, all we ask is that they give everything they've got.

"Sometimes it might not be enough to win games but as long as we can match the level of discipline and performance we produced against Dulwich then we're a match for anyone in this league."

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