Ramsgate ended September with their 5th away game in a row, and with a 3-1 lead in the second half looked for a while as if they might also bring Carshalton's unbeaten League-run to a close, but it was no to be.
Carshalton showed good strength from the start, but as the action started to go end-to-end the Rams applied enough pressure that meant the Robins started to rely on ‘keeper Billy Bishop to get most of their moves going. Unfortunately Ollie Gray was struggling and had to be replaced by George Crimmen in only the 18th minute, however after the change the Rams seemed to be better able to break up the Robins’ moves. After several great runs by Jake Mackenzie up the right, he crossed into the middle where Rory Smith’s glancing header put the ball past Bishop for the Rams’ opener, and three minutes later Smith got his second when he slotted home. In the 36th minute a ball split the Ramsgate central defence, and with Luke Watkins coming out Raheem Sterling-Parker was there first to pull one back for the Robins, and although the home side had a couple of good chances just before the interval, Watkins proved equal to the task.
The second half started a bit scrappier than the first, and although Sterling-Parker created another good chance for the Robins in the 50th minute, Joe Kane was there to intercept. Carshalton tried to get the upper hand, but the Rams’ midfield and defence held firm, then just after the hour-mark a series of well-worked corners by the Rams ended with Mackenzie feeding Smith, who beat Thomas Jelley to slot in his hat-trick. With 20 minutes to go Carshalton got a second, when the ball went on off Mickel Miller’s knee at the post. The home side chased harder for the equaliser and with 13 minutes to go Luke Wheatley was cautioned for a challenge 25 yards out, with Jordan Cheadle scoring from the freekick. With the Rams apparently on the back foot, the Robins were left with a bit more space and time, and in the 83rd minute Miller gave the home side the lead. Three minutes later the Rams got another corner, taken by Adam Woollcott, which Kane got onto equalise the scores. Shortly after Jake Munday had to replace the injured Danny Lawrence, and although both sides chased for a winner through injury time the teams shared the points.
Rams: Luke Watkins, Jake Mackenzie, Jack Penny, Joe Kane, Luke Wheatley, Ollie Gray (George Crimmen), Tom Chapman, Adam Woollcott, Rory Smith, Danny Lawrence, Dan Keyte: Unused Subs: Jacob Mensah, Alfie Paxman, James King.
Updated 13:40 - 11 Jan 2018 by Edward Lucas