Match Report: Hythe Town 2-2 Ramsgate FC
Hythe had the first chance of the game to take the lead in the 4th minute. Zak Ansah’s attempt on goal inside the box was dealt with by Luke Watkins
Hythe’s Sid Sollis struck a powerful effort into the side netting in the 7th minute after a good bit of play from Ryan Palmer on the right-wing, releasing Sollis in some space inside the box at a tight angle.
Nigel Neita nearly got off to the dream start on his debut, scuffing a shot inside the box, failing to test Hythe goalkeeper Tony Coxall. Jake Mackenzie put in a good delivery which was brought down excellently by Rowland, teeing up Neita who couldn’t execute the shot.
Kane Rowland put Ramsgate 0-1 up just before the 10 minute mark. Tom Chapman capitalised on a loose ball in midfield, and after beating the Hythe defender to the ball, the winger surged forward to put Kane through on goal, who cooly finished to give The Rams the lead.
The home side did equalise in the 18th minute, Rob Saunders scoring an accidental own goal from a great attack. Kieron Campbell delivered an excellently floated cross to the back post, which forced the error upon Saunders.
Rob Saunders was controversially sent off after receiving a second yellow card in the 21st minute. Charlie Dickens was brought on for Nigel Neita, switching to a 4-4-1 system.
Ramsgate dominated the rest of the first half in terms of possession, but equally struggled to create many chances. Despite playing with 10 men, Nick Davis’ side seemed to be on the front foot.
Thomas Carlton went close to giving Hythe the lead in the 49th minute following the interval. The midfielder hit a powerful effort from 25-yards, striking the post. Luke Watkins could only stand and watch, though the danger was quickly cleared after.
Gil Carvalho went agonisingly close to recouping Ramsgate’s lead in the 55th minute following some great football on the right-hand side. Chapman found some space to run into and delivered a pass across the face of goal only for Carvalho’s back heeled attempt to whisker past the post and out for a goal kick.
Hythe Town took the lead in the 73rd minute thanks to an outstanding solo goal from Thomas Carlton. The midfielder burst through on goal and produced a moment of magic to give the home side the advantage.
Just 2 minutes later, Charlie Dickens was on target to pull Ramsgate level after falling behind against the run of play before hand. Jake Mackenzie put in an inch perfect cross, and Dickens simply couldn’t miss.
Kane Rowland received a straight red card on the 80th minute mark, which was controversial to say the very least. The club plan to appeal the decision.
Luke Watkins pulled off two great saves in the 87th minute and the 92nd minute respectively, keeping Hythe at bay to earn Ramsgate a point.
Verdict: All in all, Nick will be very proud of his players for the performance they put in this afternoon. To remain on top, fall behind against the run of play, still find an equaliser with 10 men and hold on for a point with 9 men is a credit to the players who all played outstandingly well. A hard fought point.
Ram of the match: On this occasion, the whole squad deserve to be credited and can share the award.
Starting XI: Watkins, Mackenzie, Gray, Crimmen, Saunders (OG 18’ Sent off 21’), Fagan (Off 74’), TJ Jadama, Neita (Off 25’), Carvalho (Off 77’), Chapman, Rowland (Goal 9’)
Subs: Smith (On 77’), Penny, Dalton (On 74’), Dickens (On 25’)