KENT YOUTH LEAGUE
The Under 18 Premier Division team welcomed Folkestone Invicta to Southwood and collected all the points after a 3-0 win. The goals came from Dom Crawford, Mitchell Knight and Ben Munday.
The Under 18 South side visited Canterbury City where the home side won 3-1 – more details later.
The Under 16s drew 1-1 today at St Lukes against Hollands & Blair to continue their unbeaten run in a game where they should have taken all 3 points. For 60 minutes the Rams were better than their H&B counterparts all over the pitch, and were deservedly 1 up with Jack Penny the goalscorer for the 3rd game in a row. The home side could not force a 2nd goal, which would have sealed this game, and with 10 minutes left the visitors took their only clear chance of the game with a disappointing free header from a deep corner. Credit to H&B who had to defend for long periods and who stuck to their task, but still a very good performance from all the Ramsgate boys today.
The Under 15s finally managed to play Lordswood today at the Bay Point Club and came away with all 3 points. The Rams dominated from start to finish as Lordswood tried in vain to make an impact on the game. Mitch Laing found the net twice and made it a hat-trick with a fine header towards the end of the game. Goals also came from Dan Vinson (2), Brandon Adam (2), Lewis Wells and James Mileham. After this 9-0 win the boys are now well placed to take on league rivals Maidstone United next week.
The Under 14s were visited by Canterbury City at the Ellington & Hereson School, where defensive errors assisted the visitors in bagging 4 goals, while the young Rams could only manage 1 in reply (thanks to George Lawry-Johns).
The Under 13s were also at Southwood, where they beat Maidstone United 2-1. A great win for the young Rams, motivated no doubt by a fine 1st half performance from an inspirational ‘keeping display from Alex Turner, who has become the best goalie in the league bar none! His performance lifted the team in the 2nd half and strong performances from Max Faulkner, Lewis Doyle and the returning duo of 2 goal hero Johnny Woodward and Rory “Rozzer” Blackman secured a fine win. Trailing 1-0 at half time the young Rams took time to get going, but a well taken strike from Johnny Woodard made it 1-1, while his second came by way of an overhead kick from a Reuben Coventry free kick. Not the best display but winning whilst playing ugly football is necessary evil at times.
EAST KENT YOUTH LEAGUE
The Under 15s played Chartham Sports at the Clarendon House Sports Fields, and despite a below par performance ground out a valuable win. The young Rams were 2-1 up at the interval thanks to a brace from Sam Miller, and in the 2nd half Ross Griffin got a cracker of a volley to make the final score 3-2. Man of the Match went to Griffin.
The Under 14s were at home to Ashford United and despite leading 1-0 at the break, through Jordan Honour. But Ashford came back in the 2nd half, after substitutions had been made, and ended up taking the points with a 2-1 win. Player of the Match went to Brad Enver.
The Under 13s were away to Dover Rangers in this back to back fixture, and thankfully a lot warmer than last week and again a great result. Even more physical at home than away, the Dover support seemed to cheer more for a bad challenge than they did for a goal, but the boys kept their composure and put them to the sword with, at times, some sublime football. The first effort came from Josh Jaconneli from inside the centre circle, when he tried to lob the ‘keeper (a bit speculative maybe, but close). Finlay McConnell then won the ball on the left, turned his marker then shot from the narrowest of angles to hit the post, with the ball rebounding into the ‘keeper’s arms. It was all Ramsgate for the first twenty minutes, and when Josh Richards was brought down in the penalty area for what looked like a stonewall penalty nothing given, which seemed to set the tone for the rest of the match (with the ref seeming to have lost the pea from his whistle and the lino unable to keep up with play). Finlay broke the deadlock though, slipping the off-side trap latching onto a Scott Roddam pass and smuggling it under theDover ‘keeper. Josh Richards made it 2-0 when Josky Ross swung the ball in from a corner and Rhys Ellerington (the smallest player in the side) rose above everyone to head the ball goal-bound, and although the ‘keeper saved it he pushed it into Josh’s path who duly nodded it home.Dover pulled one back on the stroke of half time due to same very slack defending, but having had nothing to do all half the boys were totally switched off.Dover put the young Rams under some pressure from the re-start but Hal Mutton and JJ won everything and showed they can be strong if needed. Thabo Nkomo came on for Ramsgate and made an impact straight away, holding off two defenders after being sent on his way by Josky before slotting the ball home. Thabo made it 4-1 after some great work by Finlay down the left where he got to the bye line and squared it slightly behind Josky, who back heeled it into Thabos’ path and boom (there weren’t no stopping that!).Dover hit back again, from a corner that Ramsgate didn’t defend well, to make it 4-2. The young Rams came again though, carving Dover open with their attacking thrust, with Rhys breaking out of defence down the right and playing a line ball to Josh Richards, who hit it low and hard across the six yard box where the ‘keeper came but palmed it out to Josky (who doesn’t miss from there).Dover made it 5-3, just after the Rams’ defence earn praise they switch off again, maybe keeping too much of a high line because they are controlling the game, but sloppy though. Thabo got his hat-trick and wrapped it up at 6-3 after a pinpoint free kick just outside the Rams’ penalty area from JJ fell to his feet and, taking a touch to push it in-between twoDover defenders, he then powered his way through before rifling it in. Another 3 points and the young Rams will have won the league and talking to the boys after the game they are determined to win the league and the cup unbeaten – a great attitude.
The Under 10s had an away trip to Ashford, but had to make the return trip to Thanet without any points after a 3-0 loss.
The Under 10 Colts were also away today, with a tough game at Canterbury Eagles Colts. The final score was 5-2 to the Eagles, with the young Rams getting a goal from Jack Reed and, by pressurising their opponents, an own goal.
No games this weekend for either the Under 9s or Under 9 Colts.
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