Match Report: Ramsgate FC 2 - 1 Chatham Town
A Kent derby for the Rams starting very brightly and on the front foot leading through a 7th minute goal by Tom Chapman - a well worked move leaving Chapman one on one with the 'keeper he slotted the ball with the outside of his right foot into the bottom corner of the Chatham net (pictured). James Collins made a tactical substitution in the Chatham defence as Ramsgate continued to press, with opportunities falling for Chapman, Rory Smith and Harry Stannard, but the score remained 1 - 0 at half time.
In the second half Chatham came out the brighter of the two teams, and although Rory Smith's 5 minutes in beat the 'keeper and was only just outside the right hand post, the Chats looked to press in search of an equaliser with Luke Watkins saving from (ex-Ram) Byron Walker from the left (connecting onto a great ball from Paul Vines on the right) on 52, and Jack Mahoney forcing a near post save from Watkins in the Ramsgate goal on 57 as the game became a little more tense. The 64th minute saw Ramsgate press forward forcing a corner by Stannard that was played to the back post and saw Luke Wheatley the Rams' captain rise and head back across 'keeper Jack Bradshaw and into the Chatham net (pictured above) to make the score 2 - 0. This forced Chatham to press even harder but with 3 added minutes it was not until the 93rd when Paul Vines found himself in front of goal with only Watkins to beat and he bundled the ball into the Ramsgate goal.
Match report by Andy Mason.
Ramsgate FC: Luke Watkins, Jake Mackenzie, Jack Penny, Jacob Mensah, Luke Wheatley, TJ Jadama (Billy Munday 90), Tom Chapman, Charlie Dickens, Aaron Millbank, Rory Smith, Harry Stannard (Sam Lawford 86). Unused subs: Kyron Lightfoot, Ethan Madden, Sam Munday, Adam Turton.
Chatham Town: Jack Bradshaw, Russell Bedford, Matt Parsons (Tom Fitzgerald 22), Jack Mahoney, Richard Avery, Reece Butler, Ben Davisson, Jason Thompson, Paul Vines, Byron Walker, Jon Pilbeam. Unused subs: Danny Grant, Alfie Spiers, Eitel Goueth, Billy Brown.