Match Report: Ramsgate FC 3-3 Crystal Palace U23
Ramsgate were held to a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace in their opening pre-season fixture at The Southwood on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams trailed 0-1 after just 3 minutes of action against Palace, but fought back to lead 3-1 after 26 minutes thanks to goals from William Johnson-Cole, Miles Cornwell and Dan Carrington.
Despite that, Palace were able to force themselves back into the match with a goal before half-time and another at the start of the second half to level up the scores. The game ended 3-3.
Crystal Palace grabbed a 1-0 lead after 3 minutes of play and it was Jason Lokilo who found space inside the box and struck a powerful low shot at goal, which Watkins failed to keep out.
Following the goal, Nick Davis’ side did well to manage the game with a good spell of possession.
William Johnson-Cole picked up possession from the halfway line and floated a wonderful ball over the top to Steve Smith, who did well to put a dangerous cross into the box with his weaker left-foot. But, Chapman, who made the run from the right, was unable to get on the end of the cross. Much better football from the Rams.
Palace went close to doubling the deficit after 15 minutes of action. Lokilo whipped in a dangerous cross from the corner and Gio McGregor’s headed effort went just wide for the visitors.
Moments later, William Johnson-Cole equalised for the Rams! Following some wonderful play down the right-hand side between Paxman and Chapman, the winger delivered a low cross into the box and Johnson-Cole finished outstandingly to beat the goalkeeper and bring Ramsgate back into the game.
And just like that... Ramsgate were in the lead! Miles Cornwell, with an audacious chip, beat keeper’ Joe Tupper to put The Rams ahead after 19 minutes.
Dan Carrington extended Ramsgate’s lead soon after, and what a goal it was! Palace were under pressure to clear the ball on the edge of their area, but Paxman was alert to the situation and tee’d up Dan Carrington, who sweetly struck the ball into the top right corner - a truly spectacular goal.
Crystal Palace managed to get a goal back thanks to Brandon Aveiro before the halfway mark, and the number 10 can feel very fortunate indeed. After a moment of miscommunication and a lapse of concentration between the Ramsgate defence and the keeper, the Palace forward was able to bring his side back into the game with a rather lucky goal from inside the box. Having initially attempted to make a pass to his teammate in a better position, the ball was allowed to roll past everyone, including his teammate, and into the back of the net.
HT: Ramsgate FC 3-2 Crystal Palace U23
Nick Davis made 7 changes to the side that started the match, with match fitness the absolute priority.
Jack Paxman, who bagged 2 assists in the first half and played an important role in the Rams’ other goal, for once, was at fault early on in the second half.
The full-back conceded a penalty after Palace forward Rob Street made a surging run into the box, but before he could take a shot on goal, Paxman brought the attacker down inside the area, and a penalty was given.
That said, some question marks were raised as to whether it should have been a penalty in the first place.
Jason Lokilo was able to convert from the penalty spot and equalised for the Premier League side.
As the game went on, chances became limited for either side, and Ramsgate and Palace both held on for a draw.
FT: Ramsgate FC 3-3 Crystal Palace U23
Ramsgate Starting XI: Watkins, Paxman, Wynter, Flemming, Saunders, Steele, Carrington (Goal 26'), Cornwell (Goal 19'), Smith, Johnson-Cole (Goal 16'), Chapman
Subs: Godmon, Crimmen, Friend, Mazzone, Dalton, Robinson, Monger, Miller, Rowland
Crystal Palace Starting XI: Tupper, David Boateng, Mensah, Chamberlin-Gayle, Malachi Boateng, Inniss, Pierrick, McGregor, Street, Aveiro (Goal 32'), Lokilo (Goal 3' 58')
Subs: Webber, Hobbs, Bello, Russell, Olopade, Parris, Kaddej, Addy, Thistleton
Man of the Match: Jack Paxman