MATCH REPORT: Burgess Hill Smash Four Past Ramsgate to Seal Victory [Rams 4-2 Burgess Hill]
Ramsgate suffered a 4-2 defeat against Burgess Hill on Saturday afternoon in the Isthmian League.
Toby Bancroft opened the scoring for Ramsgate but a hat-trick from Max Miller and a solo effort from Aaron Smith-Joseph ensured a Burgess Hill win.
Nick Treadwell also got in on the act but his goal was nothing but a mere consolation.
Matt Longhurst made 3 changes to the side that faced Hastings United last weekend.
Nick Treadwell came into the side, replacing Sam Bangura in midfield, whilst new signing Harry Norman featured ahead of James Turner.
Bode Anidugbe returned to the side in place of the injured Rob Saunders after The Rams defender picked up a minor hamstring injury against Hastings United.
Tom Coyne took up a place on the bench following his return from injury, and there was also a spot for U18’s forward Charlie Shonk.
Tom Chapman remained sidelined with a wrist injury sustained four months ago but is believed to be nearing a return.
Jude Arthurs will be available for selection following today’s match as the midfielder served the final game of his three match ban.
STARTING XI: Burns, M.Turner (OFF 77’), Gray, Starkey, Thomas, Treadwell (GOAL 90’), Norman, Bode (OFF 45’), Bancroft (GOAL 11’), Miller, Rowland (OFF 86’)
SUBS: Coyne, Haidary, J.Turner (ON 45’), Mitford (ON 86’), Shonk (ON 77’)
Tolulope Jonah gave Ramsgate an early scare, hitting an effort against the inside of the post before the danger was eventually cleared.
A few moments later, Bancroft had given Ramsgate the lead, capitalising on a dreadful goalkeeping error from Josh James. The keeper slipped in possession outside the 18-yard box allowing Bode to pick up possession, charge into the box and put it on a plate for Bancroft who made no mistake with his finish. That was followed by Rowland blasting an effort over the bar.
Mason Doughty missed the target from 3-yards with a headed effort at goal after a delightful cross from Max Miller.
But, Burgess Hill didn’t rue those chances and The Rams were made to pay when Max Miller put two past Charlie Burns in the space of 3 minutes to take a 2-1 lead.
The first half went from bad to worse when Aaron Smith-Joseph nicked a third on the cusp of half-time.
Rowland and Bancroft both had great opportunities to get Ramsgate back into the game with opportunities inside the box, but their left-footed efforts were comfortably saved by Josh James.
Then, Miller was about to be clean through on goal, but he was recklessly brought down by Harry Pollard and received a straight red card in the process.
Substitute James Turner mishit a number of crosses into the penalty area during the second half but did end up picking out Miller in a great position from 15-yards. He struck a low effort at goal but it was spectacularly saved by the Burgess Hill keeper.
The Hillians were down to 10 men and despite The Rams applying the pressure, it was Max Miller who struck again to extend the visitors’ lead to 4-1 and grabbed his hat-trick.
Nick Treadwell notched a goal in injury time to open his account for the season but it was nothing but a consolation.
RAM OF THE MATCH: ASHLEY MILLER