By pitchside reporter Andy Mason
Ramsgate 2 Corinthian 0
A very mild October day greeted the teams as they entered the pitch at the WW Martin Community Stadium, with Rams still holding the league lead and the visitors near the bottom of the table.
Rams fans were expectant of another good performance, although they should never underestimate any team in this league.
It was Corinthian out of the blocks from the off down the left hand side an in the 1st minute Thompson-Fearon, the left wing back, took the ball in behind Fitchett and fired a cross come shot, leaving Bexon rooted to his line and watching the ball hit the angle between post and crossbar and bouncing to safety.
Rams struggled to click and looked a little lacklustre in the efforts with passes going astray and losing out in the midfield battle as Davey & Beerling seemed to take control.
There was very little action on either goal in the first half, with Jadama for the Rams having a couple of chances, a back heel from a Rams free kick in the 20th was saved well by Colmer. The 32nd and good play as Paxman linked up with Jadama, the latter breaking through but unable to shoot.
The 37th and a long ball played forward, Miller battled for it and won the ball, playing Paxman in but a wonderful full stretch challenge from Billings stopped Paxman’s run.
The 42nd and Corinthian’s second opportunity came as Correia-Lopes was shown the inside by McIntyre, went through shot, comfortably saved by Bexon.
The first half ended not soon enough for most of the 612 attending fans.
Corinthian came out on top at the start of the second half with Rams still looking below par and struggling to link up.
The 54th and Rams played a ball into Prescott near the edge of the box, a gap opened and he took a couple of paces forward before unleashing a power strike curving slightly around a full length dive from Colmer to give Rams the lead.
Rams looked a little brighter having scored with opportunities for Diakiesse & Fitchett.
The 75th and Corinthian useda long throw tactic, the ball headed on the back post but the shot fired into the side netting – possibly the visitors best chance.
The 89th and a long ball played forward for the Rams. Ajayi stopped, thinking he was offside, but Miller carried on through taking the ball into the penalty area. Just as he was about to shoot he was caught from behind and the ref awarded a penalty. Miller got up to slot home with aplomb.
Not one of Ramsgate’s greatest performances but these are the sort of games in recent years where they would have dropped points, however on this occasion it was 3 points to remain league leaders.
Ramsgate – 1 Josh Bexon, 4Jamie Coyle, 5Callum Emptage, 7Lauric Diakiesse, 8Lee Prescott , 10Ashley Miller, 12Jack Paxman, 17Ben Fitchett, 18Theo Osinfolarin, 19Jake McIntyre 20Tijan Jadama
Subs – 2Jahmal Howlett-Mundle, 3Leon Redwood, 9Kane Rowland, 14Joshua Ajayi 15Sammi Takalobighashi
Corinthian – 1Daniel Colmer, 2Daniel Correia Lopes, 3Andre Thompson-Fearon, 4Josh Leach, 5James Billings, 6Harry Sargent, 7Jack Beerling, 8Brandon Davey , 9Daniel Pepple, 10Oscar Housego, 11Jedd Smith
Subs – 12Joel Flavien Howard, 14Oladapo Michael Olatunji, 15Oliver Box, 16Harry Lashley 17Tiannie Wilson
RFSA Ram of the Match: Ben Fitchett
Ramsgate next in Action
29 Oct Home – Sevenoaks Town 3pm
05 Nov Away – Burgess Hill Town 3pm
12 Nov Home – Three Bridges 3pm