Isthmian Premier Division Sat 12 March The Crucial Environmental Stadium
  • Golding (58')
  • Pearce (84')

From the off, Margate’s game plan was very clear. To frustrate the league leaders.

Worthing struggled to break down the compact visitors, as a dull first half concluded level. The Rebel’s best chance probably came through Jasper Pattenden, who almost made something out of nothing; as his wicked volley tested goalkeeper – Ben Bridle-Car in the 36th minute.

The hosts didn’t let first half disappointment get to them, as they came out for the second half with a spring in their step. Half time changes made a big difference, as Reece Meekums and Dajon Golding were introduced.

The latter, Golding found the breakthrough for Worthing in the 59th minute. After great wing play and a perfect cross from James Beresford; Golding rose well to head home.

Margate’s reaction to going behind wasn’t what they had hoped for. The Rebels maintained a strong grip on proceedings, as they pushed for more. Things would become harder for The Gate, as Ben Swift received a red card in the 65th minute; after an altercation with Aaran Racine.

The Mackerel Men went on to seal the victory in the 85th minute. Ollie Pearce ended a rare goal drought, as he flicked Pattenden’s venomous cross beyond Bridle-Card.

Worthing held on with ease in the end, as they claimed a vital and a well-deserved three points; after a strong second half performance.