Taylor Treble Sees Margate Into The Top Half
Lewis Taylor netted a hat-trick as Margate extended their winning home run to four games, with a 4-1 win against Chelmsford City.
The Margate midfielder netted two penalties inside the opening 15 minutes before sealing his trio with a cool finish in the second half. Danny Green also netted for the Blues with a neat effort from close range, while Matthew Whichelo scored a consolation for the Clarets.
Freddie Ladapo could have opened the scoring for Margate inside the first two minutes, out-muscling a defender, but Tim Brown saved well to deny him.
However, Taylor scored his first penalty minute later, sending Brown the wrong way by slotting low to his right, picking himself up after he was felled in the box.
Mark Haines nodded a free header over the bar, while Whichelow was only stopped by a great block by Sam Rents as Chelmsford rallied.
Soon after though, Magate and Taylor made it two, as Freddie Ladapo was tripped in the box as he capitalised on a poor mistake, this time blasting past Brown into the other corner.
Green saw a great curling effort tipped over the bar by Brown after cutting off the right flank, who then did well to hold onto the ball from the resultant corner as Matt Johnson turned the ball towards goal.
A combination of Taylor and Ladapo saw the latter through on goal, but at the crucial moment he slipped and shot over the bar when he maybe should have scored.
Whichelo had reduced the arrears for Chelmsford, running onto a loose ball before shooting past Chris Lewington.
However, Green made the advantage two at the break when he slipped the ball home from close range from Taylor’s low cross.
He nearly got another minutes later but his flicked header flashed just past the post from Glenn Wilson's pinpoint cross from the right.
Billy Bricknell fired home for the visitors early in the second half, but from an offside position, while a great ball in from Kane Wills just evaded Nathan Green sliding in at the backpost.
Taylor’s hat-trick was complete late in the second half, when he ghosted in at the back post and passed home calmly, after Brown flapped at a cross from the left.
Bagasan Graham got clear of Margate's defence late on but found Lewington impossible to beat at his near post as the Margate stopper stood tall, helping his team up to 11th in the National League South.
Margate: Lewington, Wilson, Rents, M Johnson, Wassmer, Goodman, Wills, L Taylor (Moore 85), Ladapo (J Taylor 85), D Green, N Green. Subs not used: B Johnson, Jolley, Stuart.
Goals: L Taylor (pen 5, pen 15, 72)
D Green (43)
Man of the Match: Lewis Taylor