Margate 1, Lowestoft Town 4
Lowestoft Town came from behind to secure an excellent win from the long trek down to Margate.
Michael Fisk, Lubo Guentchev, Chris Henderson and substitute Jamie Forshaw were all on target as the Trawlerboys bounced back from their midweek defeat at Wingate – and going behind to Matt Bodkin's opener on the Kent coast – in style.
The result leaves last year's play-off finalists third in the fledgling Premier Division table, ahead of entertaining AFC Hornchurch at Crown Meadow on Monday (3pm).
'It was disappointing on Tuesday with the result but we didn't go overboard about it,' said Micky Chapman, part of the Town management team.
'It's a part of the game nobody likes, losing. We lost and we learned lessons from that, and the boys responded in the way we expected them to – and they were absolutely fantastic.
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'Again we went a goal behind and the boys just kept their nerve and did the right things, kept playing, and we got our just rewards in the end.
'It could have been six or seven quite comfortably. We hit the woodwork three times and had numerous opportunities – it was a great all round performance and a fantastic day at the office for us.
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'Three tough games and two wins out of that – if we had got a point at Wingate and then got a point at Margate, who were unbeaten and have started really well, everyone would have looked at that and seen a good five points on the board.
'And the reality is we've got six points, we lost and then responded in the right way and we've just got to aim for consistency.'
Michael Frew and Chris Henderson were brought into the starting line up with Jamie Forshaw and Joe Francis dropping to the bench – and once again Town made an open start to the game.
It was Margate who had two good chances to move ahead before they opened the scoring – in both cases the danger came from pacy winger Kwesi Appiah, who twice found himself clear with just goalkeeper Andy Reynolds to beat. First he shot into the side-netting, then Reynolds dived to his left to save.
But the third quick break by the hosts saw Margate take a 23rd minute lead. Tom Bradbrook's excellent pass inside Adam Smith saw Bodkin race through to slam the ball into the top corner of the net.
That setback seemed to spur Lowestoft into life, with Frew chipping tamely into the hands of Jack Smelt before Matt Nolan set up his strike partner again, but this time is low shot scudded against the base of the post.
Frew was not to be denied again though, as he levelled matters on 34 minutes. Nolan, Guentchev and Andrew Cave-Brown exchanged passes before the latter crossed for Frew to send a looping header over the keeper into the net.
Guentchev then saw his curling effort land on the roof of the net as the first half came to an end.
Town increased the tempo after the break and it took just three minutes for them to take the lead for the first time. Guentchev was again the instigator, using his pace down the right before crossing low for Henderson to knock home from close range at the far post.
With Lowestoft now dominating, Guentchev saw his fearsome strike superbly turned over by Smelt and Frew hit an upright before Town increased their lead in the 66th minute. Adam Smith's free-kick was knocked high into the air and Guentchev hit a sweet volley into the far corner from 12 yards.
Guentchev's excellent crossfield pass sent Henderson racing clear but his shot hit the keeper's legs to divert for a corner.
Having both marked their return to the starting line-up with a goal, Frew and Henderson were replaced by Forshaw and Francis as the game moved into the final quarter – but there was no let up for the home side with Lowestoft adding a fourth goal in the 83rd minute.
Another Smith free-kick was knocked back across goal where Forshaw was on hand to turn the ball into the net from close range.
• Margate: Smelt, Ball, Hill, Avery, Cloke, Pooley, Bodkin (Grant 83), Stubbs, Bradbrook, Wilson (Cornielle 52), Appiah (Robinson 72), Subs (not used) Coleman, Overland.
• Lowestoft Town: Reynolds, Cave-Brown, Smith, Mitchell, Crane, Gaughran, Guentchev (Forbes 83), Fisk, Nolan, Frew (Forshaw 78), Henderson (Francis 74), Subs (not used) Ainsley, Okay.
• Attendance: 506
• Ex-Lowestoft Town defender Curtis Haynes-Brown was sent off in his first League One start for Yeovil on Saturday.
The centre-back received a second yellow card for his challenge on Sheffield United's Jordan Slew at Huish Park in the Glovers' 1-0 defeat to the unbeaten Blades.