Match Report: Ramsgate FC U23's 2-3 Carshalton U23's
Ramsgate welcomed Carlsharlton U23s to Southwood on Wednesday night for their opening league fixture.
The Rams found themsleves two goals up thanks to first-half goals from Seb Rowland and Belsey.
But, Carshalton pulled off a dramatic comeback to take all three points in the opening league match of the 2019/20 season.
The visitors started the brighter side, showing their technical ability and presence by moving the ball around the pitch to try to force the young Rams into making mistakes to which they could capitalise.
This nearly worked for them early on when they managed to work a neat one two on the edge of the box and hitting a wonder strike from 25-yards, forcing a fine save from skipper Birchy to tip around the bar.
As the game settled and the Rams got more of the ball, some great passing from Coyne and Wilshaw at the back drew the opposition in and then a quick switch of play by Ramsgate’s midfield dynamo Harrison Avery found ourselves in behind the Carshalton defence and the front pairing of the Rams started causing problems. Both Seb Rowland and Belsey coming close of several occasions before the breakthrough finally came.
A well deserved goal from some excellent play. A swift move from left to right of midfield before being cut back in to S.Rowland who slotted past the keeper to give The Rams a one-nil lead.
It wasn’t long after before a similar phase of play led to a well deserved second goal from Belsey with a decent finish to double the advantage before the break.
HT: Ramsgate U23’s 2-0 Carshalton
The visitors really upped the pressure after the break, and shortly forced The Rams captain into making another fine save from distance.
This was the pattern of play and soon they pulled a goal back to halve the deficit in the 55th minute.
Not long after they drew level with a 30-yard screamer into the top corner.
Ramsgate, slightly shocked by the equaliser, did very well to re compose and slow the game down by keeping the ball away from the visitors.
However, a few tired legs and two forced substitutions through injury gave Carshalton a second wind and again they ramped up the pressure.
Wiith only a few minutes left of the game they found a way through and hit another to claim a 3-2 victory.
FT: Ramsgate U23’s 2-3 Carshalton
Ram of the match: Harrison Avery
Following the match, U23’s boss Warren Schulz was very proud of his side’s performance and insisted he couldn’t have asked for too much more.
“We was very unlucky not to come away with something today,” Schulz said.
“The team conducted themselves fantastic against a squad that has years of experience over the boys.”
“They [Carshalton] will have to be seen as favourites to win the league, so to push them all the way and nearly take it on the night, you can’t ask for much more.”
“We will go back and analyse the game and work on what we can improve on for the next fixture”.