By pitchside reporter Andy Mason
Ramsgate 4 Littlehampton 0
Taylor 20(P), 30
A showery day at the WW Martin community stadium as Ramsgate host visitors Littlehampton Town.
Last season’s results saw Ramsgate winning at home and losing both games away. On paper it could be a tough game but Littlehampton are without two of their regular starters due to suspension.
Rams have a slow start but on the eleventh Parter goes through crossing to Taylor at the near post into the side netting. Rams take control of the game with attacks in thirteenth & eighteenth as Marsh breaks through & is brought down in the penalty area, twentieth Joe Taylor steps up to open the scoring for the Rams.
Ramsgate have a very good fifteen minutes or so and take full advantage of some lax defending as Lee Martin converts a cracking free kick in the twenty eighth. Closely followed by a well worked Ramsgate move down the left ball played into Joe Taylor to smash home his second of the game and virtually seal the match for Ramsgate.
Littlehampton with just one effort on goal albeit off target in the entire first half the visitors certainly do not look much of a threat, especially with new signing Sinnkaye Christie at the back with Dan Johnson totally controlling any attack.
The second half starts slow and deteriorates into a niggly battle with challenges flying in, after about ten minutes the game settle back down and Ramsgate are marshalling the game, with little or no threat coming back.
Neither side are creating any major efforts on goal, until late on the half as Ramsgate press forward forcing Roux Hardcastle into action making a couple of really good saves from Jordan Green & Joe Taylor.
Littlehampton finally push forward winning a corner in the seventy eighth cleared up field by the Rams, played out to the left finding Jack Parter cutting in and firing a vicious shot across the Littlehampton goal and nestling in the bottom far corner of the net to finish off the Rams scoring.
An outstanding Ramsgate performance from back to front and a clean sheet for Rams keeper Tom Hadler although he really did not have a save to make.
RFSA player of the match: Sinnkaye Christie
1Tom Hadler, 5Dan Johnson, 6Bode Anidugbe, 8Jack Paxman , 9Joe Taylor, 10Jordan Green, 3Jack Parter, 15Lee Martin, 17Mike West, 18Sinnkaye Christie, 20Tijan Jadama
Subs: 11Alfie Paxman, 4Joe Ellul, 7Benni Bioletti, 14Medy Elito, 19Freddie Oliver
1Roux Hardcastle, 2Matt Astle, 3Dion Jarvis, 4Jack Ratcliffe , 5Thomas Butler, 6Liam Hendy, 7Leon Turner, 8Scott Kirkwood, 9Josh Short, 10George Gaskin , 11Arron Hopkinson
Subs: 12Scott Packer , 14Dayvan Downer, 15Ryan Yoro-Thomas, 16Josh Gould
Ramsgate next in Action
28Aug Away Herne Bay Isthmian South East 3pm
02Sep Away Chatham Town FA Cup first qualifying round 3pm
09Sep Home Northwood FA Trophy first qualifying round 3pm