MATCH REPORT: Ramsgate FC 0-2 Cray Valley PM
Ramsgate FC fell to their first defeat since the appointment of Jason Lillis and Terry Sedge on Saturday afternoon, losing 0-2.
Goals from Matthew Attenborough-Warren and Warren Mfula sealed the victory at the Southwood Stadium.
Ramsgate began the game on top, but a 30-yard effort from Aaron Lamont in the opening minute never troubled the goalkeeper.
Aziaya played Paxman in down the right and the full-back played a lovely pass across goal to Bode on the edge of the box, but his shot at goal ricocheted off the defender and wide.
KEY MOMENT: Cray Valley were awarded a free-kick from 25-yards, and against the run of play, capitalised to take the lead. Dan Smith’s attempt at goal deflected off the wall and into the path of Attenborough-Warren, who tapped home to give the visitors the lead.
KEY MOMENT: Just a few minutes later, bad went to worse for Ramsgate as Mfula doubled Cray’s advantage in spectacular fashion. Again, from a set piece, Mfula was first to react to a loose ball inside the box, rifling his effort into the top right corner.
Rob Saunders nearly halved the deficit as we approached the end of the first half. Following some great play down the left between Saunders and Jude Arthurs, the former charged into the box before taking a shot at a tight angle, but his effort whiskered past the post.
HT: Ramsgate FC 0-2 Cray Valley PM
Ramsgate began the second half similar to the first - dominating possession but a lack of inspiration in the final third.
Lamont took on a shot from range in the 68th minute, forcing the keeper to make a decent save down low to the right, representing Ramsgate’s first effort on target of the second half.
Cray Valley could’ve increased their advantage through Attenborough-Warren with a quarter of an hour to go but the forward dragged his shot wide of the post inside the box.
Ashley Miller had The Rams’ best chance of the entire match late on with his weaker left-foot after pouncing into the box from a wide position and unleashing a shot to force a great save from Andy Walker.
FT: Ramsgate FC 0-2 Cray Valley PM
STARTING XI: Roberts, Paxman, Wynter, Friend, Saunders, Lamont, Aziaya (OFF 55’), Bode (OFF 66’), Arthurs, Miller, Rowland
SUBS: Miles, Barrett, Gray (ON 55’), Smith (ON 66’), Avery
RAM OF THE MATCH: Liam Friend