Match Report: Ramsgate F.C 0-0 Phoenix Sports
Ramsgate were on top and dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes, though they were lacking in the final third.
It was Phoenix who had the first big chance of the game in the 15th minute. Striker Jeff Duah-Kessie unleashed a shot on the edge of the box, but it was deflected wide and failed to trouble Luke Watkins.
The Rams went close to taking the lead after 32 minutes of action. Following some great defending, Jake Mackenzie was able send Tom Chapman away on goal, who burst through the Phoenix defence from the halfway line, eventually putting it on a plate for Rory Smith who managed to take it around the goalkeeper for which would have been a simple tap in - though Smith was flagged for off-side.
Ramsgate were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position on the 35th minute. Mackenzie put in a lovely ball at the back post to George Crimmen, who smashed the ball across the box for Nigel Neita who’s effort at goal was fantastically saved by the Phoenix goalkeeper. George Crimmen was called for off-side though.
Chapman had an ambitious low-driven effort from range saved after 37 minutes.
Gil Carvalho found some space on the left-wing and delivered a lovely cross with his weaker foot to tee up Rory Smith who’s glancing header was just wide on the 39th minute.
Rory Smith nearly put Ramsgate ahead just a couple of minutes later. Chapman lost his man on the right-wing as he usually does on so many occasions, and cut it back to Rory Smith on the edge of the box, but his effort was just over the bar.
Despite an extremely slow start to the game, it was a rather lively end to the first half.
The Rams picked up where they left off in the second half - dominating possession and creating chances.
Gil Carvalho missed an open goal immediately after the restart after some excellent build up play from Rory Smith and Tom Chapman, the latter delivering a powerful cross into the feet of Gil who couldn’t set himself properly, and his attempt on goal, unfortunately, went over the bar.
A few minutes later, Smith was involved once again and after driving through on goal, the midfielder had the awareness to spot Mackenzie making a great run to his right and delivered an inch perfect pass into the feet of the full-back, who’s heavy touch took the ball away from him for the keeper’ to collect.
The game died down a little bit after mounting the pressure on, and Phoenix were just about holding on.
Chapman tested Phoenix goalkeeper Stephen Phillips inside the box in the 76th minute, rifling the shot at a tight angle, but he made a decent save to keep it goalless.
The game ended 0-0.
Verdict: Ramsgate were on top throughout the entirety of the match, but lacked some end product in the final third. The Rams had the chances to snatch a win, but it wasn’t meant to be. On a positive note, Ramsgate remain unbeaten at home since mid December, and Southwood is becoming a fortress with teams continuing to struggle. Plus, Ramsgate today kept their first clean sheet in 9 successive games, and whilst there have been some moments of misfortune, hopefully today’s clean sheet can be the basis for an extended run.
Ram of the match: Tom Chapman
Starting XI: Watkins, Mackenzie, Gray, Crimmen, Dickens, Fagan (Off 75’) TJ Jadama, Smith, Neita, Carvalho (Off 79’), Chapman
Subs: Penny (On 79’), Dalton (On 75’), Miles, Stevens