Tuesday 13th September
Report by Ken Medwyn
Alan Turvey Trophy, 1st round
Sittingbourne 2 (Carlse, Gallacher), Ramsgate 1
Following an impressive "bodies-on-the-line" defensive performance at Hastings and a rather indifferent outing on a rain-affected, greasy pitch at Whyteleafe, the Brickies needed to get back to winning ways again. If there's one thing that this young squad has demonstrated in recent months is their bouncebackability!!!
The Brickies lined up against Ramsgate with Danny Rumbol coming in for Dan Tanner (rested) and Connor Wilkins and Stefan Wright dropping down to the bench, being replaced by Josh Wisson and Jordan Gallagher. The Rams included ex Brickies Joe Taylor, Tom Loynes, George Crimmen and Ollie Gray. Luke Girt was not available as he was serving a suspension.
The Rams enjoyed some early pressure with plenty of possession but very little penetration. Despite this initial pressure, it was the home side that took the lead when Tom Carlse pounced on a stray cross field pass in the 9th minute, leaving keeper Luke Watkins with no chance. Both teams played out the rest of the half, playing some decent football.
The second half started with the Brickies taking control and piling heavy pressure on the Ramsgate goal. Jordan Gallagher was finally rewarded for his hard work when he fired the Brickies further ahead after 54 minutes. But for the heroic performance in goal by Luke Watkins, this game would have been done and dusted but, he kept the Rams in the game and 5 minutes later Alfie Paxman got one back to set the stage for a nervous final 30 minute. Having relinquished two match winning leads earlier in the season, the home fans were understandably apprehensive about crossing the line this time. However, once again the team, along with the usual vocal support from the home fans kept the Rams at bay and the final whistle secured an away game against Tonbridge Angels in the next round.
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