Match Report: Ramsgate FC 0-0 Haywards Heath Town FC
It was a rather cagey opening 10 minutes, Ramsgate were dominant in possession and looked the better of the two sides to begin with.
Gil Carvalho started the game brightly, leading the Ramsgate press from the off. In the 9th minute, he managed to beat two men on the left-wing with sheer skill and pace, putting in a great ball only for it to pass every Ramsgate player in the box and eventually cleared.
Just a couple of minutes later, Gil was nearly in on goal following a rapid counter attack off the back of a Hayward’s Heath corner. Rory Smith carried the ball forward from the edge of the box, held up play excellently and attempted to slot Carvalho through, though admittedly the pass was just out of Gil’s reach despite the latter very nearly getting on the end of it.
Kane Rowland had a great chance to give Nick Davis’ side the lead in the 13th minute. Tom Chapman burst down the right-wing and having beaten his man, the winger was able to deliver a good ball into the box for Kane Rowland to score from close range. To his defence, the striker was sandwiched between two centre-backs and did very well to even make contact on the ball which eventually went over the bar.
George Crimmen forced Hayward’s Heath keeper’ Anthony Ender to make an outstanding save in the 25th minute. Rory Smith delivered a peach of a ball into the box from a corner and Crimmen jumped the highest to head a powerful effort in the top right of the goal, but the away keeper somehow managed to get across and make the save.
The visitors had the best chance of the game in the 31st minute, and they will be wondering how they didn’t score. Alex Laing struck the bar with a scuffed effort inside the box, and the ball fell directly to Nathan Cooper who’s powerful effort was fortunately kept out by Luke Watkins before being called to action once again, making an outstanding save down low from Karl Akehurst on the rebounds. Massive let off for The Rams.
Rory Smith must’ve thought he was going to give Ramsgate the lead in the 37th minute. Gil’s cross from the left-hand side was poor by his standards, though after some sloppy defending from the visitors, the ball fell to Smith who had found himself in a great position inside the box to unleash a shot which agonisingly went over, failing to trouble the goalkeeper.
HT: Ramsgate FC 0-0 Haywards Heath Town FC
Tom Chapman had an audacious effort from the edge of the box in the 58th minute, forcing the Heath keeper to make a great save.
Gil Carvalho had Ramsgate’s best opportunity of the game in the 65th minute. Chapman put in a dangerous cross and Gil did well to gain control of the ball with his chest, before knocking it past the defender inside the box and firing at goal. Unfortunately for Ramsgate, the keeper was alert to the situation and did well to make the save, keeping it at 0-0.
George Crimmen came to Ramsgate’s rescue in the 75th minute, clearing Kenny Pogue’s shot off the line. The striker managed to round Luke Watkins, but the captain maintained The Rams’ clean sheet.
FT: Ramsgate FC 0-0 Haywards Heath Town FC
Verdict: Ramsgate set the tone from the off today and were constantly in the faces of the Heath players. There was never a moment's rest, so in terms of commitment, Nick Davis and the fans couldn’t have asked for much more. The Rams were dominant in the first half, and it was a relatively even second half in fairness to the away side. It could’ve swung either way this afternoon, but the Ramsgate defence as a unit in particular had one of their best games of the season so far, and they deserve all the credit for a well earned clean sheet.
Ram of the match: Luke Watkins
Starting XI: Watkins, Mackenzie, Dickens, Crimmen, Saunders, Gray, TJ Jadama, Smith, Carvalho (OFF 85’), Chapman, Rowland (OFF 72’)
Subs: Neita (ON 72’), Wheatley, Dalton, Todd, Penny (ON 85’)