MATCH REPORT: Ramsgate FC 2-2 Haywards Heath (FA Trophy)
Ramsgate Football Club were held to a 2-2 draw against Haywards Heath at the Southwood Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Trevor McCreadie opened the scoring for the visitors, but The Rams levelled it up going into the break.
Rory Smith put Ramsgate into the lead late on in the game, but Callum Saunders equalised, forcing a replay.
KEY MOMENT: Ramsgate got off to the worst possible start, conceding a penalty inside 5 minutes of play after Nico Cotton was brought down by Rans keeper’ Louis Wells. Heaths Trevor McCreadie stepped up and fired home to put the visitors ahead.
KEY MOMENT: Tom Wynter, Ramsgate’s most prolific goal scorer on current form, levelled it up inside 20 minutes. Rory Smith delivered a great ball into the box from a corner which was met by Bode who tee’d up Wynter to head home.
After an action packed start to the half, the game calmed down a little as we approached the break with no big chances for either side.
HT: Ramsgate FC 1-1 Haywards Heath
Ramsgate defender Tom Wynter very nearly had his second brace in less than a week. The ball fell to the centre-back inside the box and he attempted an audacious volleyed effort at goal, but it was well over the bar.
R.Smith had a go from 20-yards as The Rams searched for a winning goal. His effort brushed past the post to the relief of Heath goalkeeper Luke Glover who could only turn and watch.
Following some great work down the right-wing from Kane Rowland, the striker cut inside and unleashed a shot with his weaker left foot, but it was a comfortable save for Glover.
KEY MOMENT: R.Smith put Ramsgate into the lead with a wonderful strike outside the box as we entered the last 15 minutes of the match. An extraordinary goal from the corner of the 18-yard box.
KEY MOMENT: Ramsgate’s hard work to come back from behind and take the lead late on was wiped out when the visitors equalised just a couple of minutes after. Substitute Callum Saunders grabbed the goal for Haywards Heath, ensuring a replay on Tuesday night.
FT: Ramsgate FC 2-2 Haywards Heath
Starting XI: Wells, Paxman, Wynter (GOAL 18'), Friend, Saunders, Carrington, Steele, Lamont (OFF 64'), Bode (OFF 58'), R.Smith (GOAL 77'), Rowland
Subs: Day, Uade, Barrett, Aziaya (ON 58'), Miller (ON 64')
Ram of the Match: Tom Wynter