MATCH REPORT: Cray Valley PM 5-3 Ramsgate FC
Ramsgate Football Club suffered a 5-3 defeat away to Cray Valley PM on Saturday afternoon in the Isthmian League.
The Rams took an early lead through Ashley Miller but the scores were level at the break.
Then an action packed second-half saw six goals fly in as Cray Valley came out on top on home territory.
Matt Longhurst made one change to the side that beat Faversham Town last weekend.
Jamie Maxted returned to the starting eleven in place of Aaron Simpson who’s was missing through illness this afternoon.
New signing Mitchell Chapman took up a place on the Rams bench.
STARTING XI: Burns, Russo, Starkey, Thomas, Maxted (OFF 45’), Morrish (OFF 90’), Norman, Arthurs, T.Chapman, Miller (GOAL 10’), Rowland (OFF 45’)
SUBS: Haidary, Oliver, Mitford (ON 90’), M.Chapman (ON 45’ GOAL 89’), Arnold (ON 45’ GOAL 70’)
Cray Valley piled the pressure on early doors but it was Ramsgate who struck first against the run of play. Some good football in midfield between Chapman and Arthurs free’d up space for Rowland to run in on goal, but a last ditch tackle rolled the ball into the path of Miller to tuck away.
Rowland hit the post from range after goalkeeper Andrew Walker was caught-out at the back and then Maxted cleared an effort off the line from Francis Babalola at the other end of the pitch.
Lee Noble nestled a strike into the bottom left-corner to equalise on the nick of half-time.
Longhurst made a double change before the second-half got underway, switching up the formation, but things didn’t quite go to plan from the off.
The Rams found themselves 3-1 down with an hour played - conceding two in quick succession as Liam Hickey and Francis Babalola both hit the target.
Substitutes Mitchell Chapman and Henry Arnold combined to halve the deficit, but more defensive frailties persisted as Ramsgate went 5-2 down owing to Hassan Ibrahiym and Ryan Flack who decided to get in on the act.
M.Chapman got a goal on debut late on but it proved to only be a consolation on what was a fascinating afternoon.