Tuesday 27th September 2016 2016
Sittingbourne 4 Ramsgate 0, att 112
Report by: Peter Pitts
Sittingbourne: Ben Bridle-Card, Sam Welch, Conrad Lee, Danny Rumbold, Jono Richardson, Jack Steventon , Tom Brunt (Connor Wilkins 77 mins), Stefan Wright (Yellow), Rick Gundry (Josh Wisson 70 mins), Miles Cornwell, Tom Carlse (Ola Rabiu 85 mins). Subs not used: , Hicham Akhazzan, Dan Tanner
This was a thorough demolition of a poor Ramsgate side as the Brickies bounce back ability was once again on show as they put the defeat at the hands of Lewes firmly behind them. They scored 4 but it could easily have been more whilst the Rams seemed to lack passion in a month that results wise hasnít been kind to them.
Goals at the beginning of each half meant that it was always an uphill struggle for the Rams against a side that must definitely be considered to be their bogey side. This result echoed last seasonís home tie and Ramsgate last beat the Brickies over 3 years ago and since then the goals tally is 27 for the Brickies and 7 for the Rams. But because of the Brickies tendency to concede leads this year most of the Brickies fans were only content when the third goal went in!
A lightening start then for Sittingbourne when inside 4 minutes Danny Rumbol found the net following an in swinging Conrad lee free kick. From then on the Brickies took control much to the delight of most of the crowd. There was a great atmosphere which Iím sure transferred to the Sittingbourne players who were playing some excellent pacey football.
Stefan Wright was his usual action man self and on 13 minutes he set up a good chance for new signing Ricky Gundry but the ball seemed to stick under his foot and the ball trickled wide of the Rams goal. Jono Richardson, relishing the captain role despite being kept awake at night by his new son! Was next to have a go with a shot that went wide.
The Rams first shot of goal had to wait until almost the half hour when Tom Chapmanís firm effort was well held by Ben Bridle-Card. Two more chances fell to the Brickies before half time, the first to Jack Steventon who headed Danny Rumbolís cross wide and the second to Miles Cornwell after good play from Tom Carlse who was causing the Rams problems all night.
The second half was less than two minutes old when Carlse scored the Brickies second with a shot that bounced in off the bottom of the cross bar.
Ricky Gundry is looking to be a good acquisition for the Brickies and his low hard cross eluded a host of Brickies players in the Rams area.
A feature of this game that wasnít always apparent in earlier games was that there was no thought of holding on to what they had for the Brickies and they continued to pile forward with the Rams having no answer to the darting runs.
The Rams made a double substitution that included bringing on ex Brickie Tom Loynes, but the changes made no perceptible difference.
Another excellent chance fell to the Brickies from a corner but Rumbold couldnít quite get enough height and he headed over the bar from point blank range.
The chances kept on coming and Richardson found Lee whose power shot was well turned over by the Rams keeper Luke Watkins.
A rare Rams effort ended in Loynes 63rd minute shot deflected by Richardson to safety. This was the best period for the Rams and only
a great saving tackle from Lee prevented a goal. But the Brickies quickly snatched the initiative again and Miles Cornwell rounded two defenders before his shot was blocked. The third goal came on 74 minutes when Richardson stabbed the ball home from a corner, and the demolition was complete with 6 minutes to go when Josh Wisson turned the ball into the goal from Connor Wilkins cross, at the near post.
The Rams almost scored a consolation goal right on time but Niall Salisburyís lob bounced off the top of the bar.