By pitchside reporter Andy Mason
Ramsgate 3 Sevenoaks Town 1
Medy Elito (44) Kieran Cadogan (71)
Joe Taylor (55)
Jack Parter (66)
Second meeting this year as Ramsgate this time host Sevenoaks Town at the WW Martin Stadium in this qualifying round of the FA trophy, the first meeting away found Rams wanting after coming back into a fiercely fought contest to level the Oaks had a sting in the tail running out 4 – 2 victors.
Previous meetings between these sides have seen plenty of goals over the years generally averaging four plus goals a game, the Rams crowd are ready and waiting to greet their team and with recent form they are expectant of another good result.
As Rams take to the pitch with a blend of experience & youth, they start very well attacking the airport end with a good crowd in to support them, they are immediately on the attack with Wes Hennessey going inches wide of the Oaks goal. Then again on the attack as Hennessey down the right wing plays a great ball into Joe Taylor his shot saved well at the near post by Amadou Tangara in the Oaks goal, it looks like he will be in for a busy afternoon.
Oaks mount their first attack as Dan Bennett goes down the right a great cross into the box but Dan Carr slips at the vital second and misses the ball, Rams survive a very dangerous attack.
Eleven minutes in Hennessey goes through again this time surrounded by three defenders who crowd him out, Rams are showing great intent and pressing forward, the young players seem to have fitted straight into their roles seamlessly.
As Rams continue to push forward a fast break down the right as Hennessey goes past Karn Miller-Neave he’s pulled back and Miller-Neave receives a yellow card, for preventing Hennessey’s run he certainly has the beating of him and will no doubt cause Miller-Neave a lot more problems.
As we come to the half hour mark a good effort from Jack Parter sees Tangara making another good save to keep Oaks in the game. Oaks create a good opportunity of Emanuel Mensah who forces Tom Hadler into a very good low save. Its Oaks turning up the heat a little as they have their best part of the game thus far. A pot shot from Dan Bennett sees Hadler in action with a good aerial save one for the cameras.
Forty fourth minute Rams on the attack Oaks fail to clear the ball with all eleven behind the ball there’s no out Rams pick up the in midfield played out to Hennessey on the right a perfectly placed cross for Medy Elito to rise and power home a header to give Rams the advantage at half time.
The second half is very slow to get going fifty fourth Oaks gifted a through opportunity as Mensah takes the ball out wide has plenty of time but does not look up and crosses into an empty box as none of his team mates had gone forward a wasted chance.
Rams take advantage straight up the other end Hennessey in to Tijan Jadama he bets a couple of defenders take the ball to the goal line and crosses back for Taylor to strike putting Rams two goals to the good. Rams really in the ascendancy with Hennessey, Jadama & Taylor linking up almost as they want Oaks still keeping everyone behind the ball but the pace of the Rams attacks are negating the Oaks defence.
Oaks make a double substitution, to try and stem the constant flow of the Rams coming forward, they do not seem to be able to handle the way Rams are playing moving the ball quickly the young lads playing so well, Louis Procopi at the back & Freddie Oliver in the midfield both look as if they are regulars in a wonderful team performance.
Sixty sixth minute Jack Parter fires in a goal bound shot catches a deflection totally wrong footing Tangara as Rams go three up.
Rams sub as Jadama leaves the field for a well deserved rest allowing Tristan Holden to enter the fray, there’s no let up from the Rams as Hennessey unselfishly passes inside to Taylor who fires in low and hard this time Tangara saves.
Rams defence relaxes a little too much a long punt up field leaves Kieran Cadogan in open space and he scores un challenged, hopefully just a consolation goal although there are twenty minutes to go.
Rams settle after this little set back & Procopi going forward fires in a shot from range heading right for the top corner Tangara at full stretch manages to get finger tips to the ball edge it just over the crossbar.
Rams sub as Procopi is withdrawn after a good shift for Ryan Cooper to get ten minutes of game time.
A late opportunity given to the Oaks as Hadler picks up what the referee deems to have been a back pass, they have a freekick inside the penalty area, Rams defend well and clear up field from what has been a rare foray forward for the Oaks.
Rams make one last sub in time added Zak Jobe replace Taylor who comes off to rapturous applause from the Rams fans.
Another great win for the Rams, it looks like Ben Smith has built a great squad of players!
RFSA player of the match: Wes Hennessey
RAMS: 1Tom Hadler, 3Jack Parter, 4Joe Ellul, 6Bode Anidugbe, 7Wes Hennessey, 9Joe Taylor. 12Louie Procopi, 14Medy Elito, 18Sinnkaye Christie, 19Freddie Oliver, 20Tijan Jadama
Subs: 2Ryan Cooper, 5Dan Johnson, 8Zack Jobe, 10Tristan Holden, 11Finley Bough, 15Lee Martin, 17Harry Sharman
OAKS: 1Amadou Tangara, 2Jerald Aboagye, 3Karn Miller-Neave, 4Matthew Attenborough-Warren, 5Rian Bray, 6Ricardo Thompson, 7Daniel Bennett, 8Jaiden Drake-Thomas, 9Daniel Carr, 10Emmanuel Mensah, 11Palace Francis
Sub: 12Corey Holder, 16Fumnaya Shomotun, 19Kieran Cadogan, 20Rowan Liburd
Ramsgate next in action:
27Sep Home v Cray Valley PM Kent Cup 7.45pm
30Sep Home v Frome Town 3rd Qualifying round FA cup
07Oct TBC 3rd round FA Trophy
10Oct Away v Sheppey United Isthmian league 7.45pm