Today it was the first home game of 2018, the New Year's Day match at Sittingbourne having been cancelled and now re-fixtured for Tuesday 6th February. It was also Shoreham's first ever League visit to Southwood, although they have been here before in the FA Cup, losing in '87 and with a goal-less draw in '94.
The Rams were without usual custodian Luke Watkins, who suffered a shoulder injury in the last game against Greenwich Borough, and although 'keeper Roddy Hayward stood in at short notice it proved to be the fourth match in succession where failure to hold on to a lead meant that the Rams lost points that should have been secured.
Bottom placed Shoreham were under early pressure, with Rory Smith heading in Alfie Paxman’s chip in the 3rd minute, before the referee’s assistant flagged for the latter being offside, and within a minute Tom Chapman’s shot was just wide from a Smith centre. Against the run of play George Gaskin put the visitors ahead on 18 from a left field cross, and although the Rams were still having the vast majority of the play, three minutes later another cross from the left was slotted home by Scott Packer to give Shoreham a surprising 2-0 lead at the interval.
The Rams piled on the pressure in the second half, with Ollie Gray scoring a headed goal on 47 from a corner (pictured above), while Smith delicately placed the ball past ‘keeper James Broadbent on 64. When Alfie Paxman put Ramsgate ahead on 77 it looked like the Rams should get all the points but despite the almost continual onslaught on Shoreham’s goal, including blocks by Broadbent and the post, Scott Packer on 79 took advantage of the home defence frailties again in the 79th minute to get an equaliser.
The single point is enough to move the Rams up a place, however, overtaking east Kent rivals Faversham in the process.
Ramsgate: Roddy Hayward, Joe Kane, Jake Mackenzie, Liam Dickson, George Crimmen, Ollie Gray, Tom Chapman, Danny Lawrence, Aaron Millbank, Rory Smith, Alfie Paxman. Unused subs: Jack Penny, Jake Munday, Jacob Mensah, Billy Munday, Lewis Mitchell.
Next Saturday the Rams travel to East Grinstead to face the Wasps.
Updated 13:40 - 11 Jan 2018 by Edward Lucas