The afternoon got off to the worst possible start when two penalties were conceded in the space of ten minutes, allowing Lewis Taylor to convert both competently after Rory McAuley and Dexter Peter clumsily caught their respective men. Matty Whichelow then pulled one back for the visitors, capping off an impressive move, but Danny Green extinguished hopes of a revival when he met Taylor’s low cross in the centre. Taylor was then returned the favour when he recorded his hat-trick late in the second-half, driving low at the far post.
It leaves the Clarets smarting as they missed out on a chance for three points, but they were second best all afternoon and will now have to turn their attention to Tuesday’s Essex Senior Cup Quarter-Final at Concord Rangers.
Individual errors, something boss Mark Hawkes has bemoaned countless times during the Clarets’ eight match search for a league win, put the Clarets on an instant back-foot after five minutes. The outstanding Charlie Wassmer sent a long ball into the box that looked to cause little trouble, but Rory McAuley got the wrong side of Lewis Taylor and needlessly tugged at his shoulders. A penalty-kick was awarded. Taylor sent Brown the wrong way.
Chelmsford admittedly looked shaky from the off; there was little talking early on and clearances were rash and rushed. Whichelow had an effort from distance in search for a reply but when Mark Haines’ short back-pass allowed Freddie Ladapo a run through on goal, Peter brought him down with an outstretched leg. Another penalty. Another goal for Taylor. Another goal conceded by Chelmsford.
And it was almost three but for Tim Brown’s outstretched arm, this time to stop Danny Green’s flying shot after the winger chopped inside from the right, and the West Ham loanee was called upon again moments later.
Ladapo’s one-two with Taylor, coming after the striker outmuscled Lee Saywer close to goal, turned out to be a wasted chance as Brown smothered the heavy first-touch.
After the Clarets’ lacklustre showing last Saturday, a game that saw the side surrender their 2-1 half-time lead to lose 3-2 at home to Weston-super-Mare, it was clear that confidence was at a low.
But Matty Whichelow had other ideas and when Bagasan Graham’s cross into the box wasn’t cleared, the Boreham Wood loanee arrowed a shot into the far corner, finishing off a move he started to halve the deficit.
Margate made sure that the confidence Chelmsford gained from that was only momentary when ex-Claret Danny Green swept home Lewis Taylor’s low cross two minutes before the break, reinstating Gate’s two-goal lead.
Chelmsford were pulled apart for much of the match but were spared only by poor Gate crosses in the primitive stages of the second-half. For their limited possession the Clarets did make the net bulge, only for Bricknell to be flagged offside after Whichelow’s initial effort was deflected away.
Bricknell came closer still after the hour mark when a deft touch took Graham’s cross towards goal but the striker could only watch on as it bounced off the foot of the far post, rather summing up the afternoon.
The second-half lacked considerable action but, in truth, the damage had already been done thanks to the catalogue of Chelmsford errors committed in the first-half. To make sure of the three points and add gloss to the win Gate hit another with under twenty minutes remaining. Brown’s failed punch away gave Taylor plenty of room to hammer home at the back post and claim a deserved hat-trick.
He went close to a fourth with a dipping effort that had Brown scrambling, but it was an afternoon to remember for Margate who managed to record a back-to-back victory.
1. Chris Lewington
2. Glenn Wilson (C)
3. Sam Rents
4. Matthew Johnson
5. Jake Goodman
6. Charlie Wassmer
7. Kane Wills
8. Lewis Taylor
9. Freddie Ladapo
10. Danny Green
11. Nathan Green
12. Jamie Taylor (On for Freddie Ladapo, 85’)
14. Luke Moore (On for Lewis Taylor, 85’)
15. Brett Johnson
16. Christian Jolley
17. Jamie Stuart
1. Tim Brown
2. Rob Girdlestone
3. Bagasan Graham
4. Lee Sawyer
5. Mark Haines
6. Rory McAuley (C)
7. Ben Marlow
8. Matty Whichelow
9. Billy Bricknell
10. Dexter Peter
11. Luke Daley
12. Jake Gordon
14. Harry Morgan (On for Matty Whichelow, 76’)
15. Damien Green
16. Marvin Ekpiteta
17. Billy Hunt (On for Luke Daley, 69’)
Referee: Mr. Andrew Laver
Assistant referees: Mr. Daniel Austin and Mr. Alex Blake
Bookings: Margate: Matthew Johnson (61’)
Chelmsford City: Rory McAuley (4’, foul), Lee Sawyer (30’, dissent), Luke Daley (60’, foul), Deter Peter (76’, deliberate handball)
Scorers: Margate: Lewis Taylor (5’, penalty, 15’ penalty, 71’), Danny Green (43’),
Chelmsford City: Matty Whichelow (37’)
HT Score: 3-1
FT Score: 4-1
City Man of the Match: Matty Whichelow