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Margate boss Nikki Bull says victory over Hemel Hempstead is dedicated to Under-18 player Chris Dale

Margate boss Nikki Bull says the club are dedicating the 4-3 Vanarama National South win over Hemel Hempstead to Youth Team player Chris Dale.

The youngster is seriously ill in hospital and Bull said : "We said do it for him today and went out and got the result. "

"He is in a bad way, and we hope he pulls through."

Margate manager Nikki Bull Picture: Martin Apps
Margate manager Nikki Bull Picture: Martin Apps

The victory maintains Gate's hopes of staying up, ahead of their last day trip to Bath City next week.

The West Country side are now safe after a 3-0 win at Gate's fellow strugglers Hayes & Yeading.

Bull said: "The win is a big sense of relief, but it will mean nothing if we don't get the job done. It's in our hands, and that's all we can ask for.

"If the boys back-up what I know they can do, which they showed today we will be safe, we have got two big training sessions this week and a huge game to come."

Bull admitted he had a few anxious moments at the end as Gate held on after leading 4-1 at one stage.

"There is not a worse team to be playing if you have got a lead going into the latter stages of a game.

"Hemel have shown so many times this season, that they can come back from two or three goals down.

"They have got a refreshing, cavalier attitude, and I think they had six or seven up front at the end.

"It was a massive five minutes for us to hang on and get over the line."

He added: "When you have lost 10 in a row and you are pegged back to 2-1 there will be self-doubt, but we regrouped, and went on again."

Makeshift striker Matt Johnson scored one and made another and Bull was delighted with his display.

He said: "I think he is growing into the role, he gives his all and we have been trying to get him in and around the box rather than run the channels, because we don't want him wasting too much energy.

"He was a real focal point up there for us, he tried his heart out and worked his socks off."

"The players have been frustrated how things have been going, but they are a proud bunch, and I think they got a bit of respect back today."

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