Daniel's Debut Double Beats Basingstoke
Daniel Akindayini netted a brace on debut, as Margate beat Basingstoke 2-1 to surge up to sixth in the table.
Chris Lewington had to perform heroics to keep those three points intact though, flinging himself to his right to deny Liam Enver-Marum’s spot-kick in injury time.
After an end to end opening to the match, Akindayini notched his first goal for the Blues after 15 minutes when strike partner Freddie Ladapo broke down the right, squaring to him to tuck home from close range.
Two minutes later though, Chris Flood ghosted in at the backpost from a deep free-kick from the right, to slide home from close range to see his side level.
More great link up play between Akindayini and Ladapo resulted in the latter's shot kept out by Dan Lincoln before the Town keeper made a fantastic save to tip over a Matt Johnson piledriver from the edge of the box. From the resultant corner, Charlie Wassmer just missed the target with a free header.
Akindayini again had his team ahead late in the first half though, heading the back across goal into the far corner after David Hunt's long throw was flicked into his path.
Ladapo looked to have been wiped out after spinning brilliantly inside the box, with nothing given before Wassmer was denied by a diving stop from Lincoln from a left-footed curler, as Margate started the second period brightly.
However, Basingstoke grew into the game as Reece Connolly was denied from close range by Lewington and Simon Dunn shot wide for the visitors.
Ryan Case also headed a big chance wide for them before the late drama of the penalty, a save that sees Margate a point off the playoff places and Basingstoke drop to the foot of the National South table.
Margate: Lewington, Wilson, N Green, Hunt, Goodman, Wassmer, M Johnson, L Taylor, Ladapo, D Green (Jolley 80), Akindayini (Moore 64). Subs not used: Rents, Wills, Stuart.
Basingstoke Town: Lincoln, Case, Bird, Harper, Gasson, Deaman (Smart 46), Dunn (Soares 80), Southam, Connolly, Flood, Williams (Enver-Marum 71). Subs not used: McAuley, Howe.
Goals: Akindayini (16, 39)
Man of the Match: Daniel Akindayini