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Margate boss Steve Watt previews home Bostik Premier game with Thurrock

By Mark Stokes

Steve Watt admits he will probably need to take a roll call in the dressing room before selecting his side for Tuesday's home Bostik Premier game against Thurrock.

The Gate finished Saturday's 3-2 win over Tooting & Mitcham at Hartsdown Park with a number of walking wounded and boss Watt knows his players have little or no chance of any respite.

Winger Dave Martin and two-goal striker Jordan Chiedozie both collected knocks, while Jack Evans played the second half with a tight hamstring and fellow defender Tom Wynter complained of fatigue after completing another 90 minutes.

Sam Blackman celebrates his goal against Tooting Picture: Don Walker
Sam Blackman celebrates his goal against Tooting Picture: Don Walker

Watt also revealed that skipper James Rogers was left out of the starting line-up after suffering a bout of illness earlier in the week.

Watt admitted: “I’ve only got 13 fit players so my team picks itself at the moment which, from a manager’s point of view, is not a good thing especially with the amount of games we’ve had.

“I’ve got players on their last legs, playing with knocks and it’s testament to the squad that we have done so well.

“We’re getting away with it now but you don’t know if it will start to hurt you further down the line.”

Watt admitted the Tooting win was closer than it should have been but he was delighted to see his side stretch their unbeaten run to five games.

They have moved up to sixth in the table and Watt added: "We made it a lot harder than it needed to be but I can't speak highly enough of the boys. They showed great character after going behind so early (they conceded inside two minutes)."

Sam Blackman was Margate's other scorer with his first for the club and Watt feels the midfielder has been a fine acquisition.

He added: "Sam's been excellent since he arrived, it's never easy coming into a club partway through a season but he gives us great energy, he makes his presence felt not so much in the physical sense but by how he applies pressure."

The Thurrock game is the last in a run of five successive home games for the Blues. So far they have picked up three wins and a draw.

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