Football: Fleet sunk on the coast by Margate

Ryman Premier

Margate 3 v 1 Thurrock

THURROCK gave promotion-chasing Margate a tough test at Hartsdown but ultimately fell short and remain very much enmeshed in the Ryman Premier relegation dogfight.

A disappointing visit to the Kent coast for Thurrock this afternoon, chasing as many points as possible The visitors started the brighter and had the better parts of the first half, though keeper David Hughes had to rescue them in the 30th minute with a double save from Ryan Dolby when he had the goal at his mercy.

Just as it looked like the teams would reach the break without scoring the ball broke to Tommy Whitnell on the edge of the Thurrock penalty area, he struck a splendid shot with the ball hitting the underside of the bar before the back of the net.

Thurrock continued to look the better side with the greater possession after the restart and when Lewis Spence drove home from 10 yards out to level the scores it seemed possible that they could get something from the game.

Thurrock hit a purple patch after the equaliser and created three good moves down the left flank all resulting in desperate defending from the home side without conceding.

But on 64 minutes some quality moves from Margate saw Kezie Ibe with his back to goal just six yards out and he managed to turn and side footed the ball wide of the keeper into the far corner.

Thurrock’s will seemed broken by the goal and when Ibe scored his second and Margate’s third on 80 minutes the game was won.

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