Match Report Ramsgate Vs East Grinstead Away
Two early Louie Theophanus goals and efforts from Daniel Thompson and Sean Clohessy won all three points for East Grinstead as they defeated Ramsgate 4-1 at East Court.
The experienced Theophanus opened the scoring in the third minute before doubling his tally in the 18th. Dan Thompson extended the lead with a simple finish six minutes later. The Rams appeared to be playing their way back in to the match when Henry Arnold’s deflected free-kick found the back of the net 12 minutes from time but any hopes of a comeback was quashed when Clohessy restored the three goal cushion eight minutes from time.
It was from Clohessy’s free-kick that the hosts first got on the scoresheet in the third minute. Ramsgate failed to clear the cross in to the box and the former Woking striker found himself unmarked to fire home past Brannon Daly.
George Nikaj was unlucky not to issue an immediate response. Nikaj, who had appeared the night before for Dover Athletic in The FA Youth Cup, turned in the box and fired a shot at goal which brought out a quality save from young goalkeeper Jacob Adams.
Matt Longhurst’s side continues to apply pressure and the movement of Oshaye Hutchinson, Tom Chapman and Ashley Miller, playing behind Nikaj, were causing a lot of problems. Miller was the next to fire a shot at Adams’ goal, bringing out another fine save down to the keepers right.
Another free kick saw the lead doubled. This time it was taken by Danny Waldren, The ex Dover fullback whipped in a ball which Daly should have claimed but the Ramsgate stopper lost his football which allowed Theophanus to volley in to an empty net.
Moments later it was three. Another cross in the box from Clohessy went straight through The Rams defence and volleyed home by Thompson.
The final 20 minutes of the first half saw both teams battle hard in midfield. The best chance came in the 38th minute falling to makeshift midfielder Will Thomas. A clever pass down the left found Nikaj who pulled the ball back across goal to Thomas. Thomas, who usually plays at the back, fired his shot agonisely wide of the open net.
Theophanus nearly had his hat-trick on the stroke of half time but Daly saved well with his feet.
Chances were limited in the second half with both sides struggling to penetrate and visitors were limited to shots from outside the box.
It was with one of these long range efforts that Arnold got the Ramsgate goal in the 78th minute. His powerful free kick from 30-yards took a slight deflection and left Adams rooted.
Hopes of a comeback were dashed in the 82nd when The Rams conceded a free kick near the right hand touchline. Clohessy whipped the ball into the box and appeared to go straight through Brannon’s hands and into the goal.
The Wasps were good value for their win but perhaps slightly flattered by the scoreline owing to individual errors.
The result sees Ramsgate drop the table but a win against Three Bridges on Saturday’s will put them right back on the edge of the play-off positions.
Saturdays fixture will see Ramsgate legend inducted as the first RAMSGREAT.
A presentation will be made to Peter at half-time and there will be a cash bar, selling canned lager & cider, pints of Gadds and wine, in the Days Bar & Grill Sponsors Lounge giving you the opportunity to reminisce over Hansen’s achievements.
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