Match Report: Ramsgate F.C 2-2 Guernsey F.C
It was far from action packed in the opening 10 minutes of the match but started to come to life shortly after.
Debutant Kane Rowland took a clever snapshot inside the box, forcing the goalkeeper to make a great save in the 12th minute. Rory Smith couldn’t quite get to the rebounds.
Seconds later, Smith was involved again, setting up Millbank inside the area, though his effort was blocked by the Guernsey defender.
The visitors then tested goalkeeper Luke Watkins, forcing him to make a good save down low in the 15th minute.
Charlie Dickens had a wonderfully struck volley outside the box excellently saved by Thomas Le Tissier in the 17th minute, keeping the pressure on.
Guernsey hit the post against the run of play in the 32nd minute, and Watkins was called into action seconds later - saving a glancing header with his fingertips.
The deadlock was broken on the verge of half time, Guernsey’s Matt Loaring scoring from just ahead of the half way line - out of nowhere. The Rams goalkeeper was caught out after an initial impressive first half performance.
The second half got underway... and the disappointment of the first half didn’t faze Davis’ side. Rory Smith equalised for The Rams in immediate fashion, heading home from Tom Chapman’s floating cross - a great team goal.
Rory Smith then pulled Ramsgate ahead with his second of the game in the 58th minute, and what a hit it was - a 25-yard screamer!
Ramsgate constantly kept the pressure on after taking the lead, and probably should’ve grabbed a third, but instead, Guernsey were allowed back into the game through David Rihoy, levelling it up in the 70th minute.
Smith was agonisingly denied his hat-trick in the 75th minute after the Guernsey keeper’ managed to tip his header over the bar.
Despite the constant pressure in the last 10 minutes, a winning goal wouldn’t come for Nick’s side.
Ramsgate will see this as 2 points dropped today, and an opportunity missed.
Ramsgate XI: Watkins, Mackenzie, Crimmen, Dickens, Saunders, Sanders, Gray, Smith, Chapman, Millbank, Rowland
Ramsgate Subs: Bone, Mensah, Wheatley, Penny, Stannard
Guernsey XI: Le Tissier, De La Mare, Dodd, Dodds, Tobin, Skillen, Pereira, Mahon, Fazakerley, Canha, Loaring
Guernsey Subs: Smith, Marsh, Rihoy, Black, Dyer
Ram of the match: Rory Smith