Match Report: Ramsgate U23's 2-2 Tooting & Mitcham U23's
Ramsgate U23’s were held to a 2-2 draw against Tooting & Mitcham U23’s on Wednesday night.
Tooting took the lead, but a second half fight back from The Rams gave them a 2-1 lead. But, the visitors were able to equalise late on to share the points.
The young Rams started the slower of the two teams, up against the league winners from last season in the form of a very strong Tooting side. They made Ramsgate chase the ball for long spells, dominating early on, but that didn’t stop Warren Schulz’s side from creating openings for themselves.
Tooting took the lead after a maizie run that went unchallenged before eventually slotting passed Rams keeper’ Carl McCourt.
HT: Ramsgate FC U23’s 0-1 Tooting & Mitcham FC U23’s
Ramsgate held out until the break and made a tactical change at half-time. Max Glet replaced Matty Adams, who made his U23s debut.
After what must have been a few wise words in the dressing room, Ramsgate started the second half with a high tempo, pressuring Tooting into making mistakes.
It was not long before the Rams were awarded a penalty. Max Glet put a header back across the box with Wesley Hennessy the quickest to react. He was brought down. Up stepped Samuel Bangura, who comfortably slotted the ball home to equalise on the night.
After a piece of individual brilliance from Max Glet, he was able to put Ramsgate ahead, cooly lobbing Tooting’s goalkeeper.
As the pressure was on, Ramsgate were caught on the counter attack late on and Tooting took full advantage and equalised with 15 minutes remaining.
Both teams looked for the three points but cancelled each other out, ending the match at 2-2.
FT: Ramsgate FC U23’s 2-2 Tooting & Mitcham FC U23’s
Starting XI: Carl McCourt, Daniel Barrett, Tom Coyne, Adam Miles, Scott Swettingham, Samuel Bangura, Harrison Avery, Wesley Hennessy, Samual Belsey, Matty Adams, Tom Finn
Subs Used: Max Glet, Morgan Reeve, Joshua Rowe
Subs Not Used: Harry Day, Harry Saunders
Ram of the Match: Adam Miles
Speaking after the game, U23’s boss Warren Schulz said:
“This is a great result against the best team in the league,”
“We showed them too much respect during the first half, but we also showed a lot of character to bounce back in the second half.”
“I cannot fault the attitude and the commitment from each and every player, they all want to learn and improve.”
“There’s a good feeling in the changing room and I couldn’t ask for more at the moment.”
“Horsham away on Tuesday will be another test for the players.”