Ramsgate went to Hythe looking favourites on paper, as their hosts had yet to score a point in the League and were out of the FA Cup, and from the kickoff it looked as if the Rams would be returning with all the points, as they bombarded the Cannons goal. And after a couple of skirmishes Tom Chapman outpaced the defender up the right wing and crossed for Alfie Paxman to slot past 'keeper Will Godmon in the 12th minute (pictured). The Rams continued to have the best of the play, and the better chances, until the 35th minute, when Hythe number 9 Dean Grant appeared to shoot wide and stumble, but the assistant flagged and the ref pointed at the penalty spot, which Sam Adams converting two minutes later. The Rams still looked the stronger but 4 minutes later a ball through the middle allowed Grant to go one-on-one with Luke Watkins ando extend Hythe's lead.
The second half was not dissimilar to the last part of the first, with the Rams' passing game create good chances, while Hythe seemed to concentrate on long balls and breaks on the counter, and although Godmon had to parry a few shots away and the Rams hit the post on a couple of occasions, they failed to convert the chances they made. Hythe, however made the most of their opportunities, and added two more to their tally thanks to Kenny Pogue. In the 63rd minute Grant broke up the left wing and put a low cross in to Pogue in front of goal, while 4 minutes later a similar move saw the low cross come in from Ryan Palmer on the right for Pogue to turn in. Lloyd Blackman introduced Matt Adams to add strength in the attack, and Dan Keyte to assist in midfield, but the damage was done. Yet, although the home side had a 3 goal cushion, it was them who were feeling the pressure until the end.
So, no points for the Rams from Hythe, but they look forward to the visit of Egham Town to Southwood on Saturday in the FA Cup.
Updated 13:40 - 11 Jan 2018 by Edward Lucas