Desperate to end their run of defeats, Margate started well will Dean Morgan just inches from opening the scoring with a fierce shot that rasped the side netting. Margate continued to press early on with Dos Santos racing down the right before seeing his low cross evade everyone in the six yard box including the on rushing Reece Connolly.
East Thurrock had their first chance on 17 minutes as Sam Higgins was left unmarked in the six yard box but Lewis Ward produced an incredible save to deny the striker at point blank.
Lee Burns was the next to threaten the Margate goal as he blasted over from six yards as East Thurrock looked to turn up the heat on the Gate and five minutes before the break Ward came to the visitors rescue again as he superbly tipped over a fierce effort from Higgins to ensure it remained 0-0 at half-time.
The start of the second half saw Margate again threaten the hosts goal again as Morgan connected with a far post cross but his header went over the bar and it remained 0-0.
That let off inspired East Thurrock to hit back at the Blues with several chances being hacked away by the Gate’s back four and Ward in between the sticks. Corners continued to cause Margate problems as two consecutive efforts were cleared off the line.
Margate thought they had snatched all three points in the 84th minute as Harrison Bennett let fly from 20 yards which was superbly saved by the hosts Keeper who tipped it over last ditch.
The hosts stole three points from under the nose of Margate in the 87th minute as Lee Burns fired home past Ward to give the hosts three points and leave Margate rooted to the bottom of the National League South standings.
MARGATE: Ward, Sessegnon, Adelakun, Richefond, Moore-Azille, Phillips, Bennett, Dos Santos (Harrison 89’), Connolly, Morgan, Akindayini
Subs not used: Donnelly, Pajetat, Williams, Foster
Margate Man of the Match: Harrison Bennett