Ramsgate Under 24 Reserves played Trinity on Saturday in a District Division One cup encounter, where the lack of competitive football and training since the festive break certainly showed in the young Rams’ first half performance! Goals from Haden Plank early on, and a cracking drive from the edge of the box from Jack Paine after around 35 minutes, gave the Rams a two goal cushion. However the opposition nicked one back 5 minutes before the break, so the Rams came with a slight advantage.
The young Reds team came out for the second half and took the game to the opposition, and whilst both sides created opportunities, around the 50 minute mark great pressure from forward Plank resulted in a Trinity defender finding his own net to restore the 2 goal lead. What a game was to ensue, with Trinity awarded two penalties for handball in the next 14 minutes that were both well converted to level at 3-3. Ramsgate continued to press and again went ahead through Dan Tucker coolly slotting home from close range to restore the lead again, but soon after at the other end Trinity found the net from a poorly defended corner to again level 4-4. With 12 minutes left on the clock it looked like a draw might well be on the cards, especially after Plank missed from a few feet with only the already committed Trins ‘keeper to beat. However, with time running out Ramsgate laid siege to the Trinity goal looking for the winner and were rewarded with not one but two more – Haden Plank claiming his brace and Mark White converting well to wrap it up 6-4.
A terrific game from both sides on a very difficult playing surface on the day. Anthony Harris and Mathew Bugg had good shifts at the back for the Rams, with Nick Shaw, George Keane and Reece Bygraves coping well in midfield. ‘Keeper George Smith is well worth a mention for 2 good stops in the 2nd half to keep Trinity at bay, while young Stevie Hurlston up front for Ramsgate was a permanent thorn in the oppositions side.
Opposition-nominated Man of the Match was Reece Bygraves – who worked the midfield flank superbly.
Rams: G.Smith, M.Bugg, A.Harris, B.Schulz, G.Keane, J.Kirkby(c), M.White, J.Paine, R.Bygraves, D.Johnson, D.Tucker, H.Plank, S.Hurlston, M.Bainbridge, N.Shaw.
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