Bluefin Sport Insurance Development League South – 12/3/18
Cray Wanderers U23s 1 Hart 69 pen
Margate U23s 8 Hume 2, 18, 42, 84, O’Halloran 14, Ghali 23, Jeffery 39, Warden 81
Cray Wanderers U23s final league game of the Development League South season ended with a rather crushing defeat at the hands of Division winners Margate. John Paul Collier’s team hadn’t played a competitive game since February 3rd and although they had one or two good moments going forward they were picked off by a very quick and decisive Margate side who took their chances very well and scored some fine goals.
Margate looked confident from the off and took the lead after just two minutes when from a free kick out on the left Sidney Warden ball into the near post was met by Harrison Hume who reacted quickest to turn the ball into the net.
Cray though looked to bounce back and almost levelled soon after when Robbie Daye inside the area saw a close range shot saved by Thomas Taylor diving to his left.
For Margate, Bradley Rudd fired over from a free kick and then for Cray, Romario Hart down the right cut into the area and laid the ball across and Taylor did well to get to the ball and hold on to it under pressure from Daye.
Margate though threatened and Warden shot into the side netting and then shot wide from a free kick.
Another goal was on the cards and it came in the 14th minute when a good passing move saw Ziyad Ghali and James Jeffery combine down the right to set up James O’Halloran who slotted home from 5 yards.
It looked it was going to be a very long night for Cray when in the 18th minute Jack Bray’s cross found Hume who scored his second of the game from close range to basically seal the game.
It was almost four nil shortly after Ghali saw a dinked effort cleared off the line by Connor Phelps. That proved to be only a temporary let off as in the 23rd minute, Margate made it 4-0 when Warden’s shot was parried by Tiwa Fujamade out to Ghali who rifled home the rebound.
Cray looked to get back into the game and a fine right wing cross from Charlie Foster was turned wide by the head of Daye.
After a lull in the goal scoring for a few minutes, Margate went 5-0 up in the 39th minute with a superb strike from Jeffery who hit a cracking shot from 25 yards which gave Fujamade no chance.
Three minutes later Margate scored again with another long range strike although this one had a degree of good fortune when Hume completed his hat-trick with a 30 yard shot which took a deflection off a Cray player and although Fujamade got his hands to the ball he couldn’t keep the ball from hitting the top left corner of the net. Half time came as something of a relief.
With the game already well won, Margate coasted through much of the second half but Cray played a lot better and managed to stem the tide.
Taylor was a bit fortunate to only receive a yellow card after he came out of his area to clear the ball down the right and brought down Hart but was only booked. From the free kick, John Paul Collier shot wide of goal.
The game passed by without a great deal of incident but came alive again in the 69th minute when Cray were awarded a penalty when Hart who seemed certain to score from six yards put the ball wide but was fouled in doing so by Jack Bray for a chance for a consolation. Hart got up off the floor to confidently stroke home the spot kick.
Cray kept plugging away but Margate went back on the attack and Jeffery’s cross was turned wide by John Brown.
With nine minutes to go Cray got themselves in a bit of a pickle at the back and Fujamade’s kick went out as far as Bradley Rudd whose skidding shot was pushed out by the keeper and Warden was on hand to score a goal his performance deserved.
Cray saw efforts from Daye and Foster go wide of goal but it definitely wasn’t Cray’s evening. With six minutes to go, Margate scored their eighth goal of the night when from a corner, the ball came out to Hume who cut in from the left and curled home another superb shot for his fourth goal of the game.
Fortunately for Cray that was the end of the scoring but it has been an interesting season with some very fine performances from the Wands particularly when winning at Greenwich and Ashford scoring ten in the process and high scoring home wins against Greenwich, Whyteleafe and Ramsgate. Consistency was probably their big problem and did have one or two heavy defeats at Ramsgate, Hastings United and at home to Ashford but also did well in the Kent Intermediate Cup reaching the Semi Final.
This evening Margate were just too good and did look the best side that Cray had played this season and deserved to win the division on this evidence.
Cray Wanderers: Tiwa Fujamade, Charlie Foster, Alfie Young, Robert Depeazer (Capt.), Connor Phelps, Adam Flemming, Romario Hart, John-Paul Collier, Robbie Daye, Rikki Cable, Max Ash: Subs: Micah David, Tyrelle David
Booked: Collier, Cable
Margate: Thomas Taylor, Harvey Killick (John Brown, H/T), Thomas Mills, Harrison Hume, Thomas Lindsey (Lewis Risk, 33), Jack Bray, James O’Halloran (Oliver Wells, H/T), Bradley Rudd (Capt.), James Jeffrey, Sidney Warden, Ziyad Ghali: Subs: Tyler Dockwray, Joe Ford