MATCH REPORT: Young Rams Exit Kent Senior Cup Following Narrow 1-0 Defeat to Whitstable
Ramsgate Football Club exited the Kent Senior Cup following a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Whitstable Town on Tuesday night.
Substitute Charles Etumnu’s 30-yard strike proved to be the difference on the night as Blackman’s side progressed into the semi-final.
Matt Longhurst made 4 changes to the side that lost to Whyteleafe FC on Saturday.
Matty Robinson, Farzad Haidary, Michael Turner and Tyrell Mitford all came into the starting line-up replacing Phil Starkey, Aaron Simpson and Jude Arthurs, who are all cup-tied, as well as the injured Kane Rowland.
Matt selected a youthful bench including the likes of Charlie Meade, Charlie Shonk and Dan Barrett, whilst naming Max Glet and Oliver Haines in the squad for the first time.
Henry Arnold, Josh Oliver and Jamie Maxted were also absent as they are cup-tied and Ollie Gray missed out with a hamstring injury.
STARTING XI: Burns, Russo, Morrish, Thomas, M.Turner (OFF 79’), Robinson (OFF 69’), Norman, Haidary (OFF 45’), Miller, Chapman, Mitford
SUBS: Haines, Meade (ON 69’), Shonk (ON 79’), Barrett, Glet (ON 45’)
Chapman scuppered two early chances on the left and the edge of the box, both failing to test goalkeeper Dan Eason.
Then Miller floated a cross towards an unmarked Mitford at the back post but it clipped the bar on it’s way through and went wide.
Whitstable’s Liam King curled an effort over and wide from the right - their best chance of the half in what was a dire 45 minutes.
The Rams began the second-half on the backfoot and Charles Etumnu capitalised on that with a 30-yard strike hitting the back of the net. Keeper Charlie Burns would’ve hoped to have done better.
Former Ram, Aaron Millbank, then smashed an effort onto the post from the edge of the 18-yard box.
Mitford broke through down the left, cut inside and agonisingly fired wide and then Burns denied Millbank moments later at the other end of the pitch to keep Longhurst’s side in the match.
Somehow Mitford failed to tap in from 2-yards with a couple of minutes to go, though the cross from Russo came in at speed.