Whitstable Town FC v Margate FC – Tuesday 27th July 2021 – The Belmont Ground

This evening I decided, after having such a good experience at Dover last Saturday, to follow it up with another East Kent derby game. I travelled to the Belmont ground to watch Whitstable, of the Isthmian League, South East division, (Step 8 of football’s pyramid) play in a preseason friendly against Margate Fc, a league higher (Step 7 of the pyramid) in the Isthmian league, Premier Division.

Whitstable played in red shirts and red shorts. Margate in pink shirts and black shorts.

Margate are currently managed by Jay Saunders, ex-manager of Maidstone United. Whitstable are managed by Lloyd Blackman.

The Whitstable Town FC main stand.
A view across to the dressing rooms and clubhouse.

The Belmont ground holds 3000 and although the crowd of 330 this evening were nowhere near that amount, the stands were busy and the Margate drummer, behind the goal, made quite a noise!

Team sheets, reflecting a mix of triallists and regular squad players. (Image Courtesy of Whitstable Town FC Twitter account)

The Belmont ground has lots of character, with a clubhouse resplendent with bar, large screen televisions, a fine and well-stocked trophy cabinet, as well as two mannequins complete with the club kits!

There is one medium sized covered stand, with seating and two stands behind the goals, with covered standing provision. There is a refreshment stand, as well as the bar in the clubhouse.

Pat’s pantry refreshment stand.

The game started well, with both teams having chances. There was a lot of battling in midfield and neither team could seem to find a way through, to break the deadlock. The game was well fought and held the attention, without it feeling like either team would score. The Margate number 4, Montel Agyemang, seemed to be everywhere on the pitch, keeping his side in the slight ascendency going into the half time break.

Second half action
Whitstable Town’s best chance.
Whitstable press for a winner, in front of a partisan home crowd.

The second half continued in the same pattern as the first. Whitstable pushed harder than Margate but despite free kick chances for both sides in the final quarter of the match, the score remained goalless at the final whistle.

Margate are denied by the Whitstable goalkeeper.
Players and officials shake hands, at the end of a hard fought goalless draw.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. John Sawh says:

    Sounds like a good few weeks of football ⚽️ 👌

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mattbritt69 says:

    Looking forward to having a bit more time to see more games John!!


  3. John Sawh says:

    August should be a good month…Next up European lower leagues!🥳

    Liked by 1 person

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