Reece Beckles-Richards’ composed second-half finish was enough to secure all the spoils against Margate at Summers Lane, and take Keith Rowland’s outfit to a third win on the spin. The day also saw a landmark for skipper, Ahmet Rifat who led the team out for his 350th start.
Frannie Collin’s struck across looking for the far left corner only for Shane Gore to come across and push the danger clear. David Martin’s dangerous zipped cross was laid on a plate for Collin from the left flank, who couldn’t guide his header on target. Matt Bodkin broke to the inside left firing inches across Gore’s left-hand post.
Following the break, Beckles-Richards’ cross flashed across the face of goal, evading both Marc Charles-Smith and Rob Laney on the stretch six-yards out.
As the clock hit 57, The Blues created their own luck for the all-important opener. Spencer McCall drove forward latching onto the loose ball striking down the middle, Lenny Pidgeley could only pat into the path of Beckles-Richards who calmly poked home.
Jay May looked for an immediate response at the other end, attempting to slot inside the near-post through a crowded penalty box, but Gore did well to read the effort and make the stop. Jack Evans’ free-kick from 20-yards on the inside right was curled just over the upright.
On the stroke of full-time, Laney burst onto Afolabi Obafemi’s header taking the ball round Pidgeley and rolling back towards goal, only for Tom Wynter to make a saving clearance off the line.
WingateTV: Joe Kizzi and Ahmet Rifat on his 350th league start for the club: HERE
Report by Khalid Karimullah