Rooks remain in play-off zone with convincing win over Margate

Lewes maintained their position in the Ryman Premier play-off zone with an excellent 3-0 win at home to Margate on Saturday.

The Rooks started brightly and were ahead just four minutes into the match when Nicky Wheeler cut in from the left wing and curled a superb effort past Craig Holloway in the Margate goal.

The visitors weren’t helped by the 26th minute dismissal of Joe Vines, who received a straight red card for an elbow that made contact with Sam Crabb.

A positive home side looked to take quick advantage of their man advantage and Nathan Crabb saw a close-range effort ruled out for offside.

But the Rooks were 2-0 ahead just two minutes after the break when Jack Dixon volleyed past Holloway from close range following a superb first-time cross by Reece Hall.

And the three points were sealed with 11 minutes to go when sub Dan Smith deflected a Wheeler ball into the corner of the net from close range.

Garry Wilson had made one change to the starting line-up that beat Enfield in midweek, Fraser Logan replacing the unavailable Matt Crabb.

Lewes have a free weekend next Saturday (Nov 2), with their next game the Saturday after at Grays Athletic.

Lewes: Banks, S Crabb, Gore (Vickers 73), Pearson, Austin, Walder, Wheeler, Dixon, Hall (Smith 70), N Crabb (Hendon 84), Logan.

Subs not used: Olorunda, Treleaven.

Margate: Holloway, Cox, Dolby, Avery, Beales, J. Vines, Whitely, Sammoutis (Fakinos 53), Walsh, Ademeno (P. Vines 53), Bodkin.

Subs not used: Kinch, Corr, Osborn.

Sent off: J Vines.

Referee: Craig Green.

Attendance: 570.