MATCH REPORT: Ramsgate FC Suffer Agonising Velocity Trophy Defeat at the Death (Ramsgate 2-3 Leatherhead)
Ramsgate FC were knocked out of the Velocity Trophy after falling to a 2-3 defeat against Leatherhead at the Southwood Stadium on Tuesday night.
A late double from the visitors in the second half sent Leatherhead through after trailing 2-1 at half-time following goals from Rowland and Bode.
Leatherhead got off to a great start, taking the lead after just two minutes of action. Ibrahim Olatude, on the counter attack, burst through into the box and picked out the bottom left corner.
Some better football from Ramsgate after a slow start. Bode took control of the ball in midfield and played Mitford in down the right-wing. The forward drove into the box and delivered a low cross towards the back post, but the danger was cleared by the Leatherhead defender.
Rowland equalises for Ramsgate! Some great work by Mitford to beat the defender and advance into the 18-yard box before squaring it to Rowland who tapped in from close range - a much deserved goal.
Bode failed to take advantage of a defensive error from the visitors. The midfielder intercepted Leatherhead’s Simon Mensah inside the box and tried to place his effort into the bottom right corner, but it went just wide.
Bode made amends for his earlier miss by firing The Rams into the lead! Leatherhead keeper Zaki Oualah had a nightmare, kicking it straight to Bode in midfield, and he rapidly breezed past two defenders and tucked it under Oualah to earn Ramsgate the lead heading into the break.
HT: Ramsgate FC 2-1 Leatherhead
Miller had the ball in the back of the net in the 49th minute, but it was ruled out for off-side. Miller initially attempted an in-swinging cross for one of Mitford or Rowland inside the box, but it found its way into the goal, only for the flag to be raised as the striking duo were deemed to have “interfered” with play from an off-side position.
Jonathan Miles was called into action in the 64th minute as Travis Gregory broke into the box and tried to roll it under the Rams keeper at a tight angle, but Miles got down fast to produce a great save.
Ramsgate had a second goal ruled out in the 70th minute, and it was Ashley Miller again. Paxman played the winger through on goal with a ball over the top, and he finished in the bottom corner, but the linesman had his flag up once again. A tight call.
Leatherhead’s Olutade equalised with a quarter of an hour to go. A set-piece led to a scramble inside the box, and Olutade was first to react, beating Miles from 6-yards.
Miles made a fantastic save off the line in the 86th minute, but a couple of minutes later, Leatherhead’s Olutade completed his hat-trick and sent his side through to the last-16 of the Velocity Trophy.
FT: Ramsgate FC 2-3 Leatherhead
STARTING XI: Miles, Paxman (OFF 90’), Wynter, Friend, Morrell, Carrington (OFF 74’), Saunders, Bode (GOAL 38’), Miller, Mitford, Rowland (GOAL 28’)
SUBS: Roberts, Barrett (ON 90’), Arthurs, Avery, Treadwell (ON 74’)
RAM OF THE MATCH: Bode