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Ramsgate 3 Hythe Town 0
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Monday 29th August 2016
Hythe Town sunk to their first defeat in a lack-lustre 3-0 defeat at Ramsgate on Monday afternoon.
Ramsgate started the brighter of the two teams as on seven minutes Joe Kane broke through with a neat one-two that ended with a shot easily saved by Joe Mant. The hosts continued to attack and it was Tom Loynes who was next to threaten as he crossed from the left with Joe Taylor heading over. Hythe had to wait until the 13th minute to create their first opportunity as Josh Algar hit a shot on the turn but it was deflected in to Ramsgate goalkeeper, Luke Watkins’ arms. Frankie Sawyer then put in a cross to Alfie May but Watkins was quick to intercept. Ramsgate now took the initiative. Taylor had a shot smothered by Joe Mant in the Hythe goal and then on the half hour, Jake Mackenzie sent in a searching cross that nobody could re direct. Loynes shot over from the edge of the area but with 40 minutes gone, Ramsgate got the break they deserved as Mackenzie was brought down in the penalty area. Up stepped Taylor who drilled the penalty into the left hand corner of the net giving Mant no chance. One effort on the stroke of half-time for Hythe to draw level as May cut in from the left scooping the ball over the bar.
The second half started with a flurry of activity at both ends. Within a minute of the restart, Sawyer couldn’t quite get control of the ball in the penalty area but Watkins was quick to block. Mackenzie, for Ramsgate, fired the ball into Alfie Paxman who sent the ball wide with the goal gaping. Algar had a shot at the other end that was deflected wide. On 55 minutes another Ramsgate attack saw Luke Girt drill a shot from distance go high and wide. Hythe did think they were level on the hour as May fired home from close range but the referee’s assistant was waving for offside. Ramsgate were to all but seal the game on 69 minutes as Mackenzie sent in a cross which found Taylor who rose unchallenged to head home. Alfie Paxman was causing the Hythe defence serious problems and he sent in a shot that went just wide. The Rams were now fully in control and a cross from Aaron Millbank was tipped over by Mant. Craig Cloke managed to dramatically prevent another home goal as at full stretch he managed to hook the ball off the line from Paxman but the young winger was not be denied as with a quarter of an hour to go he slid the ball past Mant to give Ramsgate a three goal lead. There were a couple of attempts before the final whistle for Hythe to get a consolation but attempts by Sawyer and then May missed the target. Sam Adams also fired a free-kick just wide before the final whistle.
It was a very poor afternoon for Hythe and they will need to regroup before the cup tie on Saturday against Leatherhead.
Team: Joe Mant, Ben Wilson (Sam Welch 35 mins), Josh Burchell, Ryan Johnson, Craig Cloke, Nick Reeves, Josh Algar (Chris Saunders 60 mins), Sam Adams, Frankie Sawyer, Alfie May, Charlie Webster (Kenny Pogue 70 mins).
Scorers: Ramsgate- Joe Taylor 40, 69 mins, Alfie Paxman 75 mins.
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