season's Ryman new boys Ramsgate played host to former FA Amateur Cup
winners Walton & Hersham on Saturday, and had revenge for the only
other time the sides have met - when the visitors knocked Ramsgate out of
the FA Trophy at Southwood in 1980, writes Martin Able.
teams started at pace looking for an early goal, and in the opening minute
a flick-on by Ollie Schulz reached Mark Munday, whose header brushed over
Within a minute, a good run by Walton’s Neil Lampton saw him put the
ball through to Mark Nwokeji, but Danny Twyman got there first to clear
Both sides continued to press, and on 10 minutes the visitors were
rewarded with a free kick, well taken by Lampton but Twyman punched it
The best of the early efforts fell to Ramsgate’s Warren Schulz, whose 14th
minute shot called for a great save from Nick Gindre in the visitors’
The Rams began to dominate the midfield and five minutes later some good
build up play found Steffan Ball in a great position, but his shot was
just over the bar.
As the half continued Nwokeji managed to make some useful runs forward for
the visitors, but his crosses were either dealt with by the defence or
intercepted by Twyman.
pressure on the Walton goal continued, mainly from great running by Ball,
Shaun Welford and Stuart Vahid.
In the 31st minute Welford broke through, and Gindre had to
come and concede a throw in to halt his progress. A quick throw by Welford
found Ball inside the 6 yard box but, having done well to chest it down
under pressure, his shot went over.
Three minutes later Gindre had to pull off another great save to deny the
Rams, when Vahid’s overhead kick was heading goal-bound, and less than a
minute later a shot from Munday skimmed the crossbar.
Lampton remained busy for the visitors, and three minutes later he managed
to get past Michael Cassar and crossed from the corner to Scott Edgar, who
put the ball wide.
As the half drew to a close, Ball began to open up the Walton defence with
increasing frequency, beating two defenders in the 42nd minute
to set up Warren Schulz, whose shot went wide, and again beating two
defenders in the 45th minute, this time shooting himself but
missing the target.
Gindre was called into action again in stoppage time, after Liam Morris
found Vahid, who crossed to Welford whose shot was on target, but the
‘keeper managed to get to it.
second half continued in similar vein, and in the 52nd minute
Ball appeared to be through clear on goal but was deemed to be offside.
Following the restart the Rams regained possession, and this time Ball was
brought down as he probed the defence. He made no mistake from the
resulting free kick however, which he drilled into the corner of the net
from 20 yards, giving Gindre no chance and the Rams the lead.
Shortly after another chance fell to Stuart Vahid when, after beating the
defence his shot went just over.
On 64 minutes Nwokeji had an excellent chance to equalise, when he turned
and fired within the box, but again Twyman had it covered. Two minutes
later the visitors made their first change, introducing Gavin Cartwright
for Gary Haylock.
& Hersham threw all their efforts into gaining an equaliser, but the
home defence held firm.
the 71st minute a long throw by Lee Allum found Jamie Reive at
the near post, but Twyman managed to tip it over.
Three minutes later Ball worked himself into the area from the left wing
and nearly doubled the lead, but his shot was blocked.
Walton & Hersham then made another substitution, with Lee
Riddell replacing Nwokeji, before changing Scott Edgar for Will Jenkins on
Both teams came close as the game went into stoppage time, with a Welford
cross which Warren Schulz headed against the upright.
The Rams nearly scored again from the restart, when a great cross by Vahid
from the right found Welford’s head at the far post, which was going in
but was deflected off the line by Grinde’s outstretched foot.
In the 5th minute of stoppage time Ramsgate made their only
substitution, when Simon Pettit replaced Ball for the final three minutes
defence - Ed Vahid and Ollie Schulz in particular - did a great job of
keeping out the visitors while the work rate in midfield and up front
epitomised what Jim Ward's side are all about.
Andy Legg also had an excellent match. Legg had no choice when he
dismissed Jenkins in the 93rd minute for stamping on Twyman.
victory puts Ramsgate into the 4th Qualifying Round for the 3rd
time, the previous occasions being in 1955 when the Rams beat Guildford
City 3-2 at Southwood, and in 1969 when they were knocked out by
This time, Southern Premier League outfit Cirencester Town are the
visitors to Southwood Stadium on 22 October - just one win away from a
place in the first round proper of the greatest cup competition in the