Despite drawing some fine saves from Nikky Bull in the Margate goal, VCD Athletic always had a mountain to climb after conceding two goals in the opening three minutes.

Ryan Moss headed home the first and a back pass gifted the second to Luke Moore.

Lea Dawson and Michael Power both tested Bull before Tambeson Eyong curled a shot into the far corner of the net to make it 3-0 in the 34th minute.

Carl Dent and Orlando Smith went close up front for VCD with tough chances, while Sean Roberts had a thunderous drive rebound off the post on the cusp of half time.

Nick Blue’s impressive form in goal for VCD this season continued with a fine double save from Kanye Wills in the second half.

However, Margate comfortably absorbed VCD’s efforts and threatened to score again on the counter attack with Moore, Moss and Lewis Taylor all going close as the visitors extended their lead at the top of the table.

The Vickers travel to Billericay Town on Saturday.

VCD: Blue, Cox, Basey, Reeves (Payne 76), Tozer, Dawson, Roberts, Dent (Perkins 69), Power, Bremner, Smith (Deen 85). Subs not used: McDonagh, Penfold. Att: 205.