Today the Rams trekked to the Sussex coast, and after an initial rampage that saw them 2-0 up after before 7 minutes had passed, Hastings managed to settle and get three goals back before half-time, even though the Rams were still having the majority of the play. After the break Hastings pushed to take control, but after some slack defending by the Rams the home side got a 4th just after the hour, and that was that.
Ramsgate opened the scoring within three minutes, when they capitalised on a poor throw out by ‘keeper Charlie Horlock, Alfie Paxman’s shot was deflected in. A further poor throw a minute later saw the Rams get another shot off, but this one came off the post. Ramsgate kept the pressure on and got a couple of corners, and after skipper Liam Dickson went close with a free header, ‘Dicko’ did get the Rams’ 2nd shortly after in only the 7th minute. The Rams continued to dominate but Hastings attempted to get into the game after the middle of the half, and got a goal back in the 25th minute when Dajon Golding was allowed to run about 20 yds along the edge of the Rams’ area. A few minutes later Tom Chapman was leant on in the area, and although Hastings then put the ball out Ramsgate got neither a penalty nor a corner. Hastings got an equaliser in the 30th minute, when on the counter from a Ramsgate corner a poor pass gifted Golding his 2nd. Ramsgate were still having the most of the play, yet Calum Davies took the lead for Hastings on 39. Rory Smith nearly equalised for the Rams on 41 minutes, but his low shot that beat the ‘keeper came back out off of the inside of the post.
After the interval Hastings tried to exert control on the game, creating a number of chances, but although the Rams absorbed the early pressure just after the hour mark the defence gave Hastings too much room and the home side got a 4th through Tom Climpson. Ramsgate rearranged the back-line shortly after, introducing Joe Kane on the right and Jake Mackenzie shifting to the left in place of Jack Penny, and in the 69th minute Aaron Millbank came on up front as a target man replacing Jake Munday. The Rams continued to chase and with 4 minutes to go Billy Munday came on for Ollie Gray, and kept pressure up to the final whistle but Hastings’ recovery had done the job.
Ramsgate: Luke Watkins, Jake Mackenzie, Jack Penny (Joe Kane 65), Liam Dickson, George Crimmen, Ollie Gray (Billy Munday 86), Tom Chapman, Jake Munday (Aaron Millbank 69), Rory Smith, Danny Lawrence, Alfie Paxman. Unused Subs: Jacob Mensah, Lewis Mitchell.
Next up for the Rams is the east Kent derby against Hythe Town at Southwood on Boxing Day at 3pm
Updated 13:40 - 11 Jan 2018 by Edward Lucas