MATCH REPORT: Kane Rowland Brace Proves Nothing but a Mere Consolation (Ashford 4-2 Ramsgate)
Ramsgate FC were on the receiving end of a 4-2 defeat away to Ashford United in the Isthmian League on Tuesday evening.
Rowland’s two second half goals proved to be a mere consolation on the night having gone into the break 3-0 down.
It means The Rams remain in 19th position above East Grinstead Town.
Ashford set off to the perfect start at the Homelands Stadium when defender Matthew Bourne tumbled in his rebounded effort from a corner. Miles initially did well to keep out his effort but it wasn’t enough to clear the danger.
The hosts nearly doubled their lead through Jay May, when his header at the back post whiskered past the post.
Then it was Ramsgate’s turn to go close. Miller had been played in out wide by Treadwell and the forward drifted inside the box before attempting to place it in the far corner but it was deflected wide by the recovering defender.
Aaron Condon doubled the deficit when he converted from the penalty spot. Mitford tried to clear the ball up the field, but the incoming Ashford attacker nicked a touch on the ball and was subsequently kicked by the Ramsgate striker before going down for the penalty.
Ramsgate perhaps should’ve halved the deficit in the 30th minute. Kane Rowland led a 2-on-2 situation alongside Mitford before setting up the latter for a strike on goal. Mitford instead played the ball back to Rowland and by that time the Ashford defence could fully recover and snuff out the danger. The ball was begging for one of the forwards to pull the trigger.
Ashford then increased their advantage when Tom O’Connor smashed in a volley from the edge of the 18-yard box, leaving Miles for dead. The Rams defence were guilty of failing to close down the space and they were punished for it. That doesn’t take anything away from the spectacular finish though.
If that wasn’t enough of a sucker punch, Liam Friend went down before the end of the half with a dead leg.
HT: Ashford United 3-0 Ramsgate FC
An inspired-looking Ramsgate came out for the second half all-guns blazing as people questioned why they didn’t have the same intent in the first half.
On the hour mark, Kane Rowland scored a typical strikers goal, poaching at the back-post to tap in the rebounds. The ball was at the centre circle in next to no time. But, just a minute later Ashford’s three goal lead was restored by David Smith after a costly error from goalkeeper Jonathan Miles.
In what was a frantic couple of minutes, Rowland had the ball in the back of the net for his second of the night. Arthurs was able to break away from his marker down the left-flank and picked out Mitford at the front post. His outstretched leg knocked the ball into the path of Rowland for him to tap in from close range.
The Rams had a couple of half chances throughout the rest of the half, including a headed effort on goal from Saunders, which was comfortably saved by Sam Mott, as well as Rowland seeking his hat-trick in the final stages of the game before eventually getting caught out in his tracks.
A game of two halves.
FT: Ashford United 4-2 Ramsgate FC
STARTING XI: Miles, Paxman, Saunders, Friend (OFF 88’), Morrell, Treadwell, Bode, Arthurs, Miller, Mitford (OFF 88’), Rowland (GOAL 61’ 64’)
SUBS: Roberts, Hallett (ON 88’), Robinson (ON 88’), Carrington, Barrett
RAM OF THE MATCH: Rob Saunders