We’re all heading to the seaside… well the Robins are at least!
Written by: Chris Brenta
On the back of three home fixtures in a row to open the season, the Robins have their first away day to look forward to this Saturday, and where better to start then the Kentish coast.
Margate is the destination for Carshalton this weekend with both teams coming off the back of contrasting results in the FA cup. The Robins continued their 100% start to the season and have kept up their free-scoring form with a 5-0 win over Faversham Town. Margate, however, went down 2-1 to Hayes & Yeading United, after a goal in each half from Omar Rowe. John Ufuah scored a penalty late on, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Gates’ Cup dreams alive.
Margate have had a better start to their league campaign with a 2-1 victory over Brightlingsea Regent, with goals coming from new signing Luke Carey and Toby Bancroft, who is on loan from Gillingham.
The Robins are in fine goal scoring form of late with David Fisher leading the way with four goals this season, three of which came in Monday’s FA Cup tie. Omar Koroma has two to his name as does Jordan Cheadle and Tommy Bradford. Carshalton may have to do without their number 10 this weekend though after Bradford’s rather unusual sending off late into that game against the Scholars.
One player that Margate will be pleased the Robins are without is Ricky Korboa, who has left the club for Northampton Town, Korboa was a constant thorn in their side whenever the teams have met in recent years.
Last season it was the Robins who got the better of the two sides in the league with a win at home and a 1-1 draw at Hartsdown Park. Margate will fancy their chances though; they ran out 5-1 winners in the Velocity Cup with a hat trick from Elliot Reeves. Reeves finished last season as the Gates’ joint top scorer with 13 goals, along with a man the Robins will have to look out for, Noel Leighton, who will be desperate to open his account for the year.
Margate just about have the edge on Carshalton (if you count the cup game) when it comes to head to head, having won two, drawn one and lost only once to Carshalton in their previous four match ups. Peter Adeniyi’s men will be looking to change that in their favour this Saturday afternoon.
It’s more league action for both teams after this one, Margate will be welcoming Hornchurch and The Robins are on the road again, away at East Thurrock United. Both games being played on Tuesday 29th September.
Coach Travel this season is limited to players due to covid social distancing rules so fans will not be able to travel on the club coach. So, if you cant travel, then make sure to check out all the highlights after the game on Robins TV.