The Rams remain in the draw for the next round of the cup on Monday, after Luke Wheatley smashed the ball into the Egham net (pictured), in what turned out to be the last action of the match.
The Rams remain in the draw for the next round of the cup on Monday, after Luke Wheatley smashed the ball into the Egham net, in what turned out to be the last action of the match.
The Rams looked strong from the start, and in the 8th minute Rory Smith beat ‘keeper Pat Ohman and defender Alex Nolan, but put his shot just wide of the post. The counter attack from the goalkick saw the long ball pick out centre-forward Brendan Matthews, and Luke Wheatley had to parry his shot wide for a corner. Five minutes later and Tom Chapman intercepted a back pas on the edge of the area, but Ohman got down well to block his shot. A minute later and the Sarnies were given a freekick 35 yds out, which Watkins caught well but was then flattened by Matthew Woods. In the 26th minute another good chance for Smith, but his shot on the turn was well saved by Ohman.
Alfie Paxman had also been testing the visiting ‘keeper, but three minutes before the interval he put the ball across to Jake Mackenzie, but again Ohman reacted well to get down quickly and thwart the attack.
After the break Egham seemed to raise their game, and only two minutes after the re-start the lineman’s flag stayed down, unlike during the 1st half, and Matthews was allowed to continue and pass across to Woods, who slotted in the opener at the far post. Only 4 minutes later the Rams were on terms when Ollie Gray brought the ball through the middle before laying it off to Smith on the right, who threaded the ball through to Chapman whose low shot equalised. Two minutes later and Smith fed the ball into the middle where Paxman was running through, and although Paxman clearly got their before the ’keeper and flicked the ball on, the referee indicated that Ohman’s arms wrapped around the striker’s legs was actually the keeper playing the ball! Ramsgate kept the pressure on Egham’s goal, with two more close shaves in as many minutes – first Dan Lawrence put a ball from the right into Chapman’s path, but though his shot beat Ohman it whistled just over the bar, and then Smith into Paxman, whose shot was just wide of the mark. Egham then made a break, in the 57the minute, and Luke Wheatley was adjudged to have fouled Matthews in the area, with Wheatley receiving a booking and Matthews converting form the spot, sending Watkins the wrong way, on 59. On the hour mark a shot by Matthews at an acute angle from the right was collected by Watkins, while eight minutes later and a speculative shot by Lewis Cole from outside the area required Watkins to save at full stretch, and a further minute later Louis Stead’s volley was pushed wide for a corner. For the Rams, Matt Adams replaced Lawrence, while the visitors introduced Ryan De Battista, and a few minutes later Aaron Berry. A soft freekick set up a chance for Louis Stead, whose shot on the turn made it 3-1 on 76, and it looked curtains for the Rams. The Rams continued to press and Smith went close again in the 79th minute and Adam Woollcott set up Paxman’s beautifully elevated 30 yard effort over defence and ‘keeper on 82, making the score 23. This may have looked to some to be a consolation goal, but as the clock ticked down Egham struggled to clear their lines, and the ball reached Wheatley in the centre who rifled a volley past defence and ‘keeper for a last minute equaliser, and earning the Rams a replay in Surrey on Tuesday night.
Rams: Luke Wheatley, Joe Kane, Jake Mackenzie, George Crimmen, Luke Wheatley, Ollie Gray, Tom Chapman, Adam Woollcott, Rory Smith, Dan Lawrence (Matt Adams), Alfie Paxman. Unused subs: Dan Keyte, Jacob Mensah, TJ Jadama, Jack Penny, Billy Munday, James King.
Updated 13:40 - 11 Jan 2018 by Edward Lucas