Tonight Ramsgate welcomed Walton Casuals, who are currently on the edge of the play-offs but have spent several weeks on the top of the table.
But it was the Rams who had the most possession and chances from the start and in the 32nd minute Rory Smith side-footed Tom Chapman's cross past former Millwall 'keeper Denzel Gerrar (with Chapman receiving the ball from Adam Woollcott, who had replaced Ollie Gray only 5 minutes earlier). The Rams continued to pressure the Stags' defence and goal, through Smith and Chapman, and also Alfie Paxman and Dan Lawrence, but in the 45th minute a soft freekick on the edge of the Rams' area saw the balance of the game shift. The freekick was blocked but not fully cleared, and Sean MacCormack's deflected shot evaded Luke Watkins despite the 'keeper's backward dive. And in the minute of stoppage time a Walton Casuals long throw ended up on the head of centre-half Joe Hicks after a terrific leap, and he aimed the ball beyond Watkins' reach.
In the second half the Rams again had the most possession and chances, and with the Stags making the occasional counter these were soaked up and dealt with by the defence and Watkins. The visitors appeared to try and slow things down in the last ten, but the Rams continued to press and create many close chances, and in the 88th minute Chapman slipped the ball to Paxman running in at the far post, who put the ball over Gerrar for a more-than deserved equaliser (pictured above). The Stags hung on through 5 minutes of added time, which included a full-stretch save by Gerrar to deny Paxman's acute-angled shot from the right, and moments later a solid block from a close-range effort by Smith.
Ramsgate: Luke Watkins, Jake Mackenzie, Jack Penny, George Crimmen, Luke Wheatley, Ollie Gray (Adam Woollcott), Tom Chapman, Jake Munday, Rory Smith, Danny Lawrence, Alfie Paxman. Unused subs: Jordan Bartlett, Jacob Mensah, Billy Munday, Lewis Mitchell.
The draw sees the Stags move to 7th place, while the Rams are in 16th as they are leap-frogged by Chipstead who won tonight. On Saturday the Rams head into southeast London to visit 12th-place Phoenix Sports, who had faced the Rams at Southwood in the season's opener.
Updated 13:40 - 11 Jan 2018 by Edward Lucas