Rams 1 Greenwich Boro 4 - Kent Senior Cup
Rams fall to a strong Boro side in the 2nd half
The Rams fielded quite a different side to that which started in Saturday’s 3-1 FA Cup tie victory, with Tom Chapman and Ollie Gray rested, while Jake Munday and Luke Wheatley took up positions on the bench. Their places in the starting XI were taken up by 17 year old Jacob Mensah and 18 year old TJ Jadama, while Joe Kane and Dan Keyte returned from honeymoon and midlands music respectively to make their first appearances of the season.
Borough’s squad was basically the same as the one that beat Three Bridges 4-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday, however it was the Rams who made the early running with Alfie Paxman going close twice in the opening minutes, the second only denied by a great save from Ben Bridle-Card. The Rams also opened the scoring in the 19th minute, when Paxman whipped a cross in from the right leaving Adam Woollcott to slot it in at the far post. As the half progressed Borough came into the game more, and on 24 a volley from the edge of the Rams’ area went through a sea of legs and rebounded off the right hand upright, while a minute later and a low shot from Connor Hunte (released earlier this year by Wolves) called for quick reactions from Luke Wheatley to push the ball ‘round the post.
In the second half Borough were working hard for an equaliser, and 6 minutes after the re-start Peter Sweeney’s cross-shot went in with Watkins apparently unsighted. Shortly after Munday replaced Keyte in midfield and in the 62nd minute the Rams nearly re-took the lead when Joe Kane headed a corner ball past Bridle-Card, but a defender was on hand to head it clear off the line. Five minutes later and TJ Jadama was replaced by Dan Lawrence, for his first action since injury curtailed season before Easter. Two minutes later and Hunte grabbed the lead for the visitors, and a minute later while the Rams were still unsettled former Cypriot Under 19 International Jack Sammoutis extended the lead. The Rams got back into their stride, and 5 minutes later a ball across from the left landed in Paxman’s path, and although he outpaced the defence and his shot across the goalmouth beat the ‘keeper, it also shaved the outside of the upright.
With three minutes of stoppage time added on the action continued unabated, and then in the 93rd minute Travis Gregory finished off the scoring for Borough, making it 1-4 and booking the visitors passage to the next round.
Rams: Luke Watkins, Joe Kane, Jack Penny, George Crimmen, Jacob Mensah, Dan Keyte (Jake Munday), Jake Mackenzie, Adam Woolcott, Rory Smith, TJ Jadama (Dan Lawrence), Alfie Paxman. Unused subs: Luke Wheatley, Billy Munday, James King.
Next up for the Rams is the League visit of Hastings United on Saturday (26 August), 3pm kickoff.