Match Report: Ramsgate FC U12's 2-0 Thanet Hawks U12's
Ramsgate u12s took on local rivals Thanet Hawks in their latest eleven aside friendly, and it’s fair to say that the boys are adapting to eleven aside in a great manner, remaining undefeated.
However, despite dominating the game for long periods they struggled in the final third to find the cutting edge with many good chances coming and going, with the best chance of the first half falling to Harris who went racing clear after a defence splitting pass by McColl, however he found ex Rams keeper’ Owen Long in his way pulling off a fine save.
The rest of the half followed the same pattern with Ramsgate remaining on the front foot, but when the back five were called upon, which was a combination of Maisey, Hammond, Webster, Linney and Morgan, they looked solid and composed.
The highlight of the first half was some amazing wing play by Purdy that saw him beat 3 men in Ronaldo like fashion before putting a teasing ball into the box, but despite all of Ramsgate’s pressure, the teams went in goalless at half-time.
The second half started in the same vain as the first, with Ramsgate pushing forward and Thanet Hawks looking to counter attack, but as the half went on the majority of the play was in the Hawks half with Wood and Gibb breaking up play in the middle of the park, leaving McColl to control the forward play.
As the pressure on the defence eased, it also gave Hammond the chance to carry the ball forward and help in search for the opening goal. As the game moved into the final 20 minutes Ramsgate found another gear with Harris hitting the bar before the break through coming when McColl’s lobbed pass found Flint in the box, who dispatched past the on-rushing keeper.
Ramsgate kept knocking with some good wing play from Austin creating chances for Hughes and Harris, with Hughes testing the keeper with two good efforts. Ramsgate made sure of the win when a move involving Webster, Austin, Flint and Gibb was finished by Harris.
Both Gowland and Masters performed well in goal, staying alert when called upon and distributing the ball well, coming away with a deserved clean sheet.
An argument could have been made for many of the boys claiming man of the match and while Maisey and Morgan came close with fine performances at full back, along with McColl and Wood in midfield it was Hammond that took the accolade with a fine defensive performance.