By pitchside reporter Andy Mason
Ramsgate 1 Cray Valley PM 7
Tristan Holden (78) Adam Coombes (11,59,74)
Victor Damyanov (26)
Cem Tumkaya (45)
Julian Anau (62)
Freddie Parker (68)
A pleasant evening at the WW Martin Community stadium as a very youthful Ramsgate side host Cray Valley in the first round of the Kent Senior cup, numerous meetings between the sides over the years have seen overall results going the way of Cray Valley.
Rams out of the blocks quickly fifth minute as Ryan Cooper fires in from wide right hitting the Cray bar.
Eighth minute as Cray start to pressure, Kye Davidson forced into a great low save from an Adam Coombes strike, an eleventh minute ball crossed in from the left as Rams lose the ball in midfield an easy header for Coombes to put past Davidson.
Rams at sixes and sevens giving away a corner from a poorly hit back pass going just wide of the goal for a corner.
Eighteenth minute Rams good forward with a great pass from Jack Hawkins through to Zack Jobe he delays shooting too long and allows the defender to get back to pinch the ball.
Twenty second minute Finley Bough goes down in the Cray box ref waves away the appeals.
Twenty sixth Cray take Rams apart down the right wing crossed over for Victor Damyanov to slot home Cray’s second.
Rams have still not troubled Aiden Wickes in the Cray goal apart from the early effort hitting the bar. Cray with six regular first team players in their side certainly looking the stronger. Jack Hawkins for Rams twists and turns in the box beating a couple of Cray defenders before having his shot blocked by Cem Tumkaya.
Has we approach half time Cray push forward a fantastic save by Davidson from Coombes who had broken through out for a corner, crossed in a corner from the opposite side fired in by Damyanov as Tumkaya runs in un-marked to power home a strong header to give Cray a comfortable third.
Forty ninth Finley Bough beats his man but fires wide of the goal with probably Rams best opportunity thus far.
Cray attack again this time firing over, Rams make a sub as Freddie Oliver is replaced by Tom Brisley.
Fifty ninth Rams on the attack breaks down on the edge of the box and Cray break out quickly through ball splits the Rams defence and Coombes out paces them all to then round Davidson and slot home for Cray’s fourth.
Sixty second Cray waltz through the Rams defence and Julian Anau can almost walk the ball in from Cray’s fifth.
Rams sub Ryan Cooper replaced by Abib Kone sixty fifth.
Cray running riot as Freddie Parker who came on as a sub opens his account in the sixty eighth for Crays sixth.
Rams sub Jack Hawkins replaced by Leo Moore.
Seventy fourth Rams ripped apart as Coombes gets his hattrick.
Rams consultation goal as Tristan Holden collects a ball goes into the box and fires home at the near post for Rams seventy eighth minute, gives Rams a little confidence and they lads start to move the ball around a little creating a chance for Bough forcing a save from Wickes.
Full time Cray deservedly come out on top, not a classic game by any means but with a majority of first team players out for Cray, the young Rams did well to keep their heads up.
RFSA player of the match: Tristan Holden
RAMS: 1Kye Davidson, 2Ryan Cooper, 3Essa Jadama, 5Leo Todd, 6Harry Sharman, 7Zack Jobe, 9Jack Hawkins, 11Finley Bough, 12Louie Procopi, 17Tristan Holden, 19Freddie Oliver
Subs: 4Tom Brisley, 8Tom Hulme, 10Reuben Fagg, 18Leo Moore, 20Abib Kone
CRAY: 1Aidan Wicks, 2Malachy Turner, 3Thomas Chambers, 5Kiki Oshilaja, 6Cem Tumkaya, 7Victor Damyanov, 8Dexter Gilchrist, 10Adam Coombes, 12Julien Anau, 14Jensen Grant, 15Calvin Ekpiteta
Subs: 16Matthew Vigor, 9Freddie Parker, 11Michael Ademiluyi, 13Max Ovenden, 19Clement Asiedu, 17Kyrell Lisbie