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Chelmsford City
Sat 20 Feb 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Full time Attendance 778

Wilson Strike Sends Blues Sixth

Margate moved up to 6th in the Vanarama National League South with a hard fought 3-2 win away at nine man Chelmsford City.


Margate saw off a spirited Chelmsford City 3-2 at Melbourne Park on Saturday as they extended their unbeaten run to seven league games in the Vanarama National League South.

It was a game that saw five goals, two red cards and plenty of talking points as Nikki Bulls side continued their fine form which leaves them sixth place in the league just outside the play-off places on goal difference.

The Blues arrived in Essex with a fully fit squad and Bull decided to name the same side that beat Basingstoke last week with on-loan Daniel Akindayini keeping his starting place despite struggling with an ankle injury.

It was the struggling Clarets that stormed into a lead within the opening three minutes as Jack Bridge pounced on a parried save from Chris Lewington to head the hosts in front. The lead lasted just seven minutes though as Nathan Green unleashed a fierce effort past the outstretched hand of Christian Dibble from 20 yards.

The Blues then found themselves in front just minutes later as Freddie Ladapo headed past Dibble from a Danny Green cross to fire the visitors in front for the first time of the afternoon. The hosts almost levelled immediately as Charlie Wassmer superbly toe poked Mark Hughes’s cross away for a corner with the lethal Billy Bricknell waiting to pounce.

Margate saw the game out until half-time but it didn’t take Kevin Maher’s side long to equalise after the break as Chris Lewington was penalised for hauling down Jack Bridge leaving Jason Williams to roll the ball past Lewington from 12 yards.

The game swung in the favour of Margate as Chelmsford Captain Hughes was dismissed for a late lunge on Luke Moore earning him a straight red. The Blues took full advantage from the free-kick as Glenn Wilson slammed the ball home from a rebound to send the Gate fans into a frenzy.

Still with only ten men the hosts continued to press the Blues but the game was ultimately taken away from them as Jason Williams was dismissed eleven minutes from time for an off the ball altercation leaving the Blues just ten minutes to see the game out against nine men.

The win pushes Bull’s side up to 6th in the division and now unbeaten in seven games, while Chelmsford are left looking worryingly over their shoulders just one point above the drop zone.

N.Green (10’)
Ladapo (24’)
Wilson (54’)


Man of the Match

Charlie Wassmer


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League table

# Team Pd Pts
15. Chelmsford City 42 52
16. Weston-Super-Mare 42 51
17. Eastbourne Borough 42 50
18. St Albans City 42 49
19. Margate 42 47
20. Havant & Waterlooville 42 47
21. Hayes & Yeading Utd 42 46
22. Basingstoke Town 42 38

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