HAYS STRIKE SAVES GATE
BURGESS HILL were ten minutes from victory against Margate – but still managed to improve on their recent run of poor form.
The Hillians started brightly creating a number of good early chances, although Margate responded well.
The hosts were unfortunate not to benefit from a goalmouth scramble in the Margate box.
It nearly led to the opener, but the ball wouldn’t fall for Lee Harding.
Margate created many chances of their own, with Hillians skipper Gary Elphick preventing a certain Margate goal, with a brilliant last-ditch tackle.
However, the deadlock was broken on 68 minutes, with Hillians substitute Lucas Rodrigues opening the scoring.
It was a fantastic substitution from Hillians manager Ian Chapman, and looked like proving decisive
However just 10 minutes after Rodrigues’ opener, Margate found an equaliser.
Kane Haysman was the man in the right place at the right time, to volley the ball home.
The Hillians searched for a winner, but Margate keeper Lenny Pidgeley kept them at bay, leaving both sides with a point.