Margate bows out of FA Cup

Defeat for Margate

By Blue-tinted specs

Chesham United 2 Margate 0

Margate meekly bowed out of the FA Cup on Saturday with a defeat at Chesham United.

A goal in each half was enough for the home side, who are riding high in the Southern League, and Margate never really threatened in this Third Qualifying Round tie.

There was an early blow for Margate when forward Phil Roberts, whose runs may have stretched the home defence, pulled up with an injury. After a few minutes of trying to play on, he had to be substituted for Fyn Rutherford.

After an uneventful opening half-hour, the first goal came on 37 minutes. A Chesham ball down the left found Ricardo German, he supplied Bruno Andrade in the box and his deflected shot beat Margate keeper Harry Seaden.

German then almost added a second but his effort went just wide. There was time before the interval for a couple of headed chances for Chesham, both of which missed the target.

The contest was effectively settled at the start of the second half when German played in Lucas Sinclair, who was judged to have remained onside, and he finished low past Seaden.

Chesham had a number of good opportunities to add to their tally after that but a combination of wasteful finishing and some last-ditch defending from Margate ensured it finished 2-0.