Match Report: Ramsgate FC U23's 1-2 Sittingbourne FC U23's
Ramsgate FC U23’s suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sittingbourne on Wednesday night at the Southwood Stadium.
Ramsgate started off slow against a well organised Sittingbourne side. As The Rams soaked up the pressure for long spells throughout the first half, it was only a matter of time before Sittingbourne took the lead from some poor defending.
Skipper Ryan Birch pulled off a couple of top class saves to keep Warren Schulz’s side in the match, going into the break a goal down.
HT: Ramsgate FC U23’s 0-1 Sittingbourne FC U23’s
After the break Ramsgate looked a different side - dominating possession and in good stead for a way back into the game.
But, as they pushed and pushed for an equaliser, Sittingbourne were able to catch The Rams out on the break and doubled their advantage.
Warren made a couple of substitutions and tweaked his tactics in desperate need of a goal.
A young Rams side went on to create a load of chances, with Sam Belsey hitting the cross bar from 25-yards, Seb Rowland going one on one with the keeper, only for it to be saved and shortly after Sam Bangura found himself in the same position, again with the keeper saving Sittingbourne.
Ramsgate were finally dominating and it wasn’t long before their goal came. A cool finish from Scott Sweetingham t halve the deficit.
The Rams continued to push for the equaliser but an experienced Sittingbourne side held out to take the three points, even though the rams definitely deserved something out of the game.
FT: Ramsgate FC U23’s 1-2 Sittingbourne FC U23’s
Ram of the Match: Harrison Avery
Following the defeat, Ramsgate U23’s boss Warren Schulz praised his side.
“Both the teams we have played so far had an average age of 21, my lads have an average of 17”. Warren said.
“They’ve turned up and have done everything I have asked for and more so far.”
“After only two games together this squad has a very promising future ahead, we have over 30 young local players to choose from with the majority being under 19.”
“They have little to no experience in senior football, but have risen to the challenge every time.”