MATCH REPORT: Ramsgate Suffer 2-0 Defeat Against Three Bridges
Ramsgate Football Club fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Three Bridges on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Dean Gunner and Giani Ashley secured the victory for Paul Faili’s side.
The defeat keeps Ramsgate in 19th place, 3 points off this afternoon’s opponents.
Matt Longhurst made 3 changes to the side that beat East Grinstead last week.
Matty Robinson and James Morrish both came into the starting eleven, replacing the injured Aaron Simpson and Toby Bancroft.
Tom Chapman returned to action to start his first match in four months after recovering from a wrist injury.
Rob Saunders and Ollie Gray both missed out (both hamstring) this afternoon.
STARTING XI: Burns, Pont (OFF 78’), Starkey, Thomas, Robinson, Norman, Arthurs, Morrish, Miller, Mitford, Chapman
SUBS: Brooks, Treadwell, Haidary, Meade, Rowland (ON 78’)
Jude Arthurs went close to goal early on after a tidy corner routine nearly went to plan. Miller received it short and back heeled it back to Arthurs. He aimed for the top left corner on his weaker foot from a tight angle but it was just wide.
The Rams, in particular Chapman down the right-flank, began the game extremely lively, but no big chances came of it and the game began to peter out after a vigorous opening 15 minutes.
However, against the run of play, Three Bridges broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute, catching Ramsgate out from a set-piece. Ben Bacon whipped the ball into the box which was headed on by Tadley Bromage to Dean Gunner who rifled into the back of the net to give his side the lead.
The visitors piled the pressure on following their opening goal and just a few minutes later doubled their advantage when Giani Ashley was picked out at the back post by Ben Bacon, finishing past Burns who misjudged the cross.
Burns was forced to make a magnificent save before the close of the half, keeping out Bacon who had managed to break through on goal.
Ramsgate had a penalty appeal rejected shortly into the second half rather controversially. Chapman bypassed the defender on the wing and charged into the box, leaving it for Arthurs to take charge. The midfielder set himself and lined up the shot but he was bundled to the ground and his appeal was waved away.
Chapman set Mitford up on the edge of the 18-yard box and he tried to pick out the top corner but his effort was wayward.
Ramsgate lacked the cutting-edge and quality needed to get themselves back into the match on this occasion but it was a difficult game in difficult conditions.
FT: Ramsgate FC 0-2 Three Bridges
RAM OF THE MATCH: Tom Chapman