Ramsgate 1 Whitstable Town 2
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Tuesday 25th February 2014
Whatever Nicky said to the team after Saturday’s poor performance worked wonders as Whitstable Town dominated the game on Tuesday evening to run out 2-1 winners at Ramsgate.
Town controlled the game from the off and were ahead after only ten minutes when a rejuvenated Steve Hafner put in a ball to Jordan Wells who slid the ball into the corner of the net. Hafner was again in the action after 21 minutes when he put in a corner which Joe Kane ran onto only to fire wide. Former Town striker Ian Pulman who was marshalled all evening by
Laurence Harvey and Kane had the first Ramsgate chance when he shot high over the bar after 31 minutes. A minute later the ever dangerous Charlie Smith broke the left and shot straight at Nick Shaw. Town continued to attack and after 38 minutes Wells on a run cut the ball back to Scott Heard whose shot was deflected wide. There was one more chance for Pulman who tried to curl the ball past Luke Watkins but his attempt went wide. Town could have been three up at half time but had to settle for the one goal lead.
Town continued where they left off in the second half. A minute in and Ross Webb sent in a cross and Heard headed over the bar. Within a minute Heard broke down the left and got past ex Town keeper Shaw and slotted the ball into a empty net to give Whitstable a two goal lead. Watkins then saved well as Pulman turned and shot but the Town keeper was able to push the ball wide. On 56 minutes Ramsgate pulled one back when Ollie Schultz
turned the ball past Watkins. However Town continued to press and after 62 minutes Hafner from the left edge of the penalty area curled the ball just past the post. Another Hafner corner was met by Harvey after 70 minutes but his header down was cleared off the line and then four minutes later Ollie Brown fed Charlie Smith but his shot was blocked. On 77 minutes Shaw saved well from a Kane shot which he was able to tip over the bar. On 84 minutes another Harvey header went just wide. There were a couple of late scares. Firstly with two minutes of normal time left Tom Chapman’s header was well saved by Watkins and then in injury time a melee in the Town penalty area ended with the ball going over the bar.
Town’s win had been well earned as they moved out of the relegation zone.
Team: Watkins, Simpson (Mackenzie 65mins), Webb Maguire 79mins), Hafner, Harvey, Kane, Heard, Keyte, Smith C, Brown, Wells J (Humphrey 86mins)