Ramsgate earned their first clean sheet of the season with a win against fellow strugglers Horsham.
The visitors made the very early running with Horsham’s returning Liam MacDevitt showing strongly and giving the home defence problems. Ramsgate got themselves into the game however, and after 5 minutes Tom Chapman’s effort went only just wide of the goal, while Danny Lawrence was particularly influential in midfield and the Rams began to dominate the match. The frequent attacks of Chapman along with Rory Smith and Alfie Paxman kept the Hornets’ ‘keeper Michael Hunter busy, and they almost paid off in the 22nd minute when a powerful shot by Paxman was touched onto the post. In the 28th minute MacDevitt almost opened the scoring when he got round a defender and ‘keeper Luke Watkins, but his shot at the near post was blocked by the recovering defence. Four minutes later George Landais’ deflected shot appeared goal-bound, but was intercepted by MacDevitt presumably attempting to make sure, but his own effort was blocked for a corner. The Rams were still making the most chances however, and the continually interchanging of Paxman and Chapman caused the visitors problems.
Two minutes after the restart a Ramsgate throw into the danger area was pushed on to Rory Smith, whose shot on the turn looked likely to break the deadlock but Hunter reacted quickly and got down well to deny the strike. Ramsgate finally took the lead on 61 when, after having gained the advantage with the referee playing on following a foul on Lawrence, the ball fell to Paxman who burst through the middle and unleashed an unstoppable shot from 30 yards (pictured above – with Paxman at the far left shielded by the Horsham defender and Hunter watching as the shot sails by). Chapman almost double the lead 8 minutes later, when he worked his way into the area from the right and unleashed, but Hunter pulled off a great reaction save to block. The visitors, despite three substitutions, could not break down the home defence in the last 30 minutes, while the Rams continued to press and Chapman almost scored again on 89, but although his shot at an acute angle from the left beat the ’keeper, it also shaved the far post.
Ramsgate: Luke Watkins, Joe Kane, Jake Mackenzie, George Crimmen, Luke Wheatley, Ollie Gray (Adam Woollcott), Tom Chapman, Jake Munday, Rory Smith, Danny Lawrence, Alfie Paxman, Unused Subs: Jack Penny, Jacob Mensah, Billy Munday, James King.
On Tuesday 17 October the Rams are at home again, to Walton Casuals.
Updated 13:40 - 11 Jan 2018 by Edward Lucas