Match Report: Ramsgate F.C vs Sittingbourne F.C
Ramsgate didn’t take long to get into rhythm, taking a 1-nil lead after just 2 minutes of action - Aaron Millbank the scorer after his shot in the box at a rather tight angle struck the post and in.
Connor Sanders then went agonisingly close with a long-range strike outside the box in the 6th minute, hitting the bar.
Seconds later in the 7th minute, Kane Rowland was put through on goal, one on one with Sittingbourne goalkeeper Patrick Lee, who calmly slotted home to give the Rams a 2-nil lead inside 10 minutes - a resounding start to the game for Nick Davis.
Ramsgate’s domination continued, but no major chances really come of it.
Kane did however nearly grab his second of the game in the 25th minute after a short burst meant passing two of the Sittingbourne defenders only for their goalkeeper to come out on top this time in the one on one.
Nick Davis’ side then had a goal disallowed in the 28th minute after George Crimmen’s header troubled the visiting goalkeeper, punching it into his own net. The referee, who already controversially booked Tom Chapman for simulation deemed it to be a foul on the keeper.
The half ended 2-0, but it could’ve been much, much more.
The second half began, and Ramsgate started in very similar fashion, creating chance after chance to keep the pressure on.
Rory Smith was on the mark again today, scoring from close range in the 58th minute after the goalkeeper spilled Millbank’s initial effort on goal.
Tom Chapman was back to his best, finishing off a lovely team move in the 76th minute. Rory Smith’s slick through ball found Chapman, who rounded the goalkeeper and tapped it home for Ramsgate’s fourth.
It ended 4-0 in what was a solid display all-round, and credit to the defence too, who dealt with Sittingbourne very well to keep a clean sheet.
Ram of the match: Tom Chapman
(Ramsgate XI: Watkins, Mackenzie, Crimmen, Mensah, Saunders, Sanders, Gray, Smith, Chapman, Rowland, Millbank)
(Ramsgate Subs: Wheatley, Dickens, Stannard, Penny, TJ Jadama)