Rams topple promotion rivals Horsham
|Arran Ayres reports from Southwood Stadium|
safe to say that Jim Ward got his message across after Saturday's bizarre
4-2 defeat against Bashley, writes Arran Ayres.
out the errors was the gist of what the manager told his Ramsgate players
- plus a fair bit more, you would think - and they responded with a
faultless performance to topple promotion rivals Horsham.
early coming together between Stefan Ball and John Westcott - Horsham
thought Ball had deliberately used his elbow, though referee Martin Yerby
felt otherwise - set the tone for all the bickering in a scrappy half.
continued after the break, the highlight a spot of handbags between Rams
assistant Danny Ward and Horsham coach who both run to get the ball in
full view of the home crowd.
had a couple of early chances with Ball just failing to connect with
Stuart Vahid's cross. Then the frontman brought a save from Gary Elliott after
Ollie Schulz and Shaun Welford combined in the air.
There was nothing scrappy about Ramsgate's goal; it was sheer
quality, as Warren Schulz - so often the creator with some brilliant
passing - opened the scoring.
the move with a fine pass out of defence, which was chested down by Ball
and laid off to Schulz who buried the ball in the bottom left hand corner
from the edge of the box. The
Rams continued to work hard, with some very good passing play and Welford
long throws were causing Horsham problems all night, other
first half chances saw Ollie Schulz's shot blocked and Mark Munday fired
over from Welford's pass after he intercepted Tom Graves' pass across his
saw a free-kick tipped over, Munday headed inches wide from the resulting
corner and Stuart Vahid, in for Shane Suter, fired wide from Munday's fine
pass. Horsham never really troubled Rams keeper Danny Twyman, with Jamie
Taylor and Matt Geard wasting their best chances after good build-up. He
showed safe hands, though, after Saturday's blip to save Westcott's
last 20 minutes saw some good football played by both teams, Horsham were
getting frustrated because they could not find a way pass the watertight
Schulz came into his own towards the end, his superb defence splitting
passes creating chance after chance. The best saw Ball volley over the bar
after Welford latched onto a pass from Schulz and crossed for his strike
had a few chances in the final minutes, the best of which fell to Peter
Crouch lookalike Dominik Hudak who unbelievably fluffed his effort wide
when well placed during the eight minutes of injury time.
final whistle did come on the 98th minute, to the delight of Jim Ward. It
was an excellent team performance and 3 points in the bag.
Saturday (8th) is another big test, as the Rams are HOME to Walton &
Hersham in FA Cup third qualifying round. Kick Off is 3pm
Danny Twyman, Ed Vahid, Michael Cassar, Liam Morris , Ollie Schulz, Ben
Laslett, Mark Munday, Warren Schulz, Shaun Welford (David Cory 90),
Steffan Ball (Shane Suter 90), Stuart Vahid. Subs not used: Simon Pettit ,
Mike Yianni, James Gregory.