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Margate midfielder Kane Haysman hopes winner against Dulwich Hamlet will kickstart goalscoring run

By Mark Stokes

Kane Haysman is hoping to push on towards his personal target after rediscovering his goal touch for Margate on Saturday.

Haysman's neatly-taken 85th minute strike was enough to earn the Blues victory over Bostik Premier leaders Dulwich Hamlet at Hartsdown Park and also ended a relatively lean spell in front of goal for the attacking midfielder.

The 22-year-old has set himself a target of 20 for the season, and Saturday's effort was his 12th, which includes seven in 13 starts for Kingstonian from whom he signed in late October.

Margate's Kane Haysman poised to strike home the winning goal during Saturday's 1-0 home win over Dulwich Hamlet. Picture: Don Walker
Margate's Kane Haysman poised to strike home the winning goal during Saturday's 1-0 home win over Dulwich Hamlet. Picture: Don Walker

Haysman, who is contracted with Margate until the end of the 2018/19 season, explained: "To be fair I've been due a goal so hopefully I can get on a run again.

"I had a chance in the last game (Gate's 3-1 win over Needham Market) with a header that went wide but I set myself a target of 20 goals. I'm on 12 so hopefully I can get there by the end of the season."

Haysman pounced for the decisive goal after Liam Friend's goalbound effort had initially been charged down by Dulwich defender Michael Chambers.

The Blues felt the ball may have hit Chambers's arm, but Rochester-based Haysman says he wasn't thinking about that when the chance came his way.

He said: "It was just reading the play. Friendy's had a shot blocked, I think it might have hit their player's arm or something, and it just fell kindly for me.

"I took it down on my thigh, let it bounce and then just got my shot away, thankfully it went in.

"It was nice to get the winner, I was just waiting for that chance, it was a tight game and I just knew if I got a chance I had to take it.

"I think they were the better team for the first 15-20 minutes but after that I thought we got hold of the game.

"They're a good side, really good going forward, but we knew we could get at their back three and that's what we tried to do."

Margate's win kept them eighth, still nicely placed for the play-offs, and Haysman says the squad believe they are a match for anyone - when they play to their potential.

He added: "We had a really good run (before Christmas) and then we had a little bit of a wobble but now we seem to be back again, we've just got to keep doing the basics.

"We seem to have no problem against the top teams, it's just sometimes against the lower sides we don't seem to play as much.

"We want to get into the play-offs 100%, we want to go into the next division, that's the aim. We've got games in hand so hopefully we can get some (good) results from them and push on for the play-offs."

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