By pitchside reporter Andy Mason
Beckenham Town 1 Ramsgate 1
85 Theophanous 22 Miller
A freezing night at the Eden Park Ave ground Beckenham, with clear skies and a threat of mist, the Rams were looking to build on Saturday’s performance.
A bright start as both sides seemed to have decided to keep the game as open as possible, Rams playing down the wings and Becks resorting to high balls in to the box.
8th Liburd opens up his legs and beats his man as he get to the goal line pulls back an excellent cross into the danger area defended by a stumbling Wanogho, as the ball was going just behind him he manages to flick back a heel stopping this Rams attack.
Rams were having the better of the chances with Carvalho playing out wide and linking up with the midfield, another cross came in from the Rams right, again blocked by Wanogho.
Becks were hitting Rams at pace, however the final ball in they could not find a striker, similar at the other end of the pitch as Rams were creating opportunities but the low crosses were not finding their men in the box.
Midway through a thoroughly entertaining and attacking game, a lovely move by the Rams starting in their own half with the ball played through quickly to the right. This was taken on by Carvalho, played inside to Jadama who spotted Miller moving free of his marker and played the ball across to the left. Miller cut inside, beating a defender and unleashing a powerful shot, catching a slight deflection and putting it just beyond Niemczycki who just got his fingertips to it then had to pick it out of the goal.
29th and Miller sets himself again this time straight at Niemczycki who comfortably saved. Rams were creating good chances but just not getting the final contact of direction on the shot.
The Becks were hitting more on the break and they were very quick moving from defence to attack in seconds, Bexon called into action a couple of times but no clear cut opportunities at that stage for Becks, as Rams were defending well.
Just on the stroke of half time Rams had a golden opportunity as Carvalho caught Niemczycki dawdling on the ball, took it from him and has to turn back. The keeper recovered and a couple of defenders were quickly there to snuff out the danger.
The second half was very open from the start, although Becks certainly looked more threatening. They must have had a talking to during the break.
The game was swinging back and forth as both sides seemed intent on attacking football, although Rams did look to be sitting a little deeper this half, allowing Becks more room to create and push further forward. Bexon was certainly the busier of the keepers, making a few good saves.
Becks were having the run of the ball as the half progressed. Although both sides were pressing and winning corners Becks certainly looked the stronger and more likely.
84th and Rams hearts are broken as they give away a free kick just outside the area in a central position. Carter stepped up and hit a thunderous shot low to Bexon’s left. There must have been some power behind it as Bexon could not keep hold of the ball, following up quickest was Theophanous to smash home for a couple of feet to level.
This did seem to spark Rams on 86th with an attack leading to a free kick and a corner to follow, the ball crossed over, Jadama rose and headed toward goal but somehow Becks defence manage to scramble the ball clear.
As we entered time added on it was Becks pressing and another great save by Bexon. A corner followed and Rams cleared after some head ball in the box to hang on at the end for a well won point.
Beckenham Town: 1Damian Niemczycki, 2Harvey Brand, 3Archie Johnson, 4George Goodwin, 5Mudiaga Wanogho, 6Robert Carter , 7Nicholas Curran, 8Danny Waldren, 10Louie Theophanous 18Jamarie Brissett, 11Alfie Bloomfield
Subs: 12Freddie Cray, 14Stefan Cox, 15Freddie Nyhus, 16Henry Griffin, 17Joe Healy
Ramsgate: 1Josh Bexon, 2Jerald Aboagye, 3Jahmal Howlett-Mundle, 4Jamie Coyle, 5Callum Emptage, 8Lee Prescott, 10Ashley Miller, 14Rowan Liburd, 12Jack Paxman , 11Gil Carvalho, 20Tijan Jadama
Subs 19Jake McIntyre, 13Lee Hook, 6Denzelle Olopade, 9Kane Rowland, 18Theo Osinfolarin
RFSA Player of the Match: Ashley Miller
Ramsgate next in action
11 Feb Away Sevenoaks Town 3pm
15 Feb Home Faversham Town 7.30pm
18 Feb Away Sheppey United 3pm