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Last updated : 14 December 2002 By Footymad Previewer

The chants of “Turner out” at the end of this game told their own tale as Stevenage slumped to this disastrous defeat against Margate.

The crowd turned their attention to Boro boss Wayne Turner after Margate strolled to the three points thanks to a hapless display from the home side, which leaves Stevenage joint bottom and which put Margate further clear of the drop zone.

In what was a disappointing game there was nothing of any inspiration from either side with Stevenage managing just two efforts on goal in the entire first period.

Simon Wormull fired a free-kick at keeper Charlie Mitten after just four minutes while new signing Justin Richards also threatened the goal when he again tested Mitten in added time.

By the time of RichardsÂ’ effort however Stevenage had already fallen two goals behind as Margate twice profited from controversial offside decisions.

Phil Collins hit the opener on 27 minutes when he fired in after being set free by Simon Beard. Terry McFlynn made it two in added time when he beat a hesitant defence and converted after John Keister had caused all manner of problems.

Stevenage made a double substitution at half time but the introduction of Jean-Michel Sigere and Richard Howell made little difference as Margate once again looked under little threat.

The visitors had already wasted two good chances before Greg Oates made it 3-0 after 80 minutes after Stevenage's Wormull and Richard Scott had been involved in a comical mix-up.

Sigere grabbed an impressive consolation strike with a header seven minutes from time, but it was not enough to clear the growing sense of gloom around Broadhall Way.