A second successive 2-1 away win, a third win on the bounce, and up to seventh in the Ryman South table.
Sittingbourne are flying in November and with more than half the season still to go why shouldn’t they dream about challenging for a play-off
place. Not that this win was easy. Far from it, as Ramsgate belied their lowly place in the league and gave Sittingbourne a hell of a run for their
Sittingbourne normally just have to turn up at this ground to take home the three points, but this was different though in the end it was a
first double of the season for the Brickies having beaten Ramsgate 4-0 at home.
Not surprisingly after Saturday’s superb 4-0 win over high-fliers Hythe Town, Sittingbourne kept an unchanged team with Ramsgate fielding three
‘old boys’ – George Crimmen, Ollie Gray and Luke Girt.
Away games on a Tuesday night often mean a couple of late-ish arrivals and this one was no different, so no wonder Sittingbourne made a
sluggish start. And within two minutes they were a goal down, though late arrivals or not it was a terrible goal to concede.
They pushed forward for a throw-in up the left touchline but Ramsgate gained possession and broke quickly. Chapman ran from halfway, receiving
a lucky bounce back to him when he tried to lay it off, and planted the ball in the far corner.
Sittingbourne took an age to settle down and get into the game against a lively Ramsgate side buoyed by their early goal.
It was all of 39 minutes before attacking full-back Tom Carlse forced a corner with a great cross and when he got up in support again a couple
of minutes later he was brought down as he raced into the area.
It must have been a penalty as Ramsgate managers Jim and Danny Ward didn’t protest vociferously, and Steven Ita comfortably slotted home the
equaliser. But it ended his game as he pulled a muscle and had to go off.
The second half was much better by Sittingbourne and again, as on Saturday, it was their pace and tempo that the opposition found hard to
The hard-working Anthony O’Connor was only prevented from scoring from about a yard out by a dramatic save by keeper Watkins early in the half.
And it was O’Connor who played a key role in the winning goal after 79 minutes. He’d twice controversially been flagged offside when other
Sittingbourne players raced past him onto the ball from onside positions, but this time the flag didn’t go up. And when he crossed low
from the left, the unlucky Wheatley could do no more than divert it past his own wrong-footed keeper.
Sittingbourne refused to sit on a one-goal lead and sub Jake Embery twice blasted over, Hicham Akhazzan had a couple of great chances he
would have been disappointed not to score from, and Sam Welch raced clean through on a mighty break from end of the pitch to the other only
for Watkins to save well in a one-on-one.
Ramsgate frantically pushed forward in a helter-skelter finish and it needed all of skipper Jono Richardson’s experience to steady the ship
and keep them out, with great support from Danny Rumbol and excellent goalkeeping when called upon by Simon Overland.
It was a tough battle at times, nowhere near as smooth and smart as the win over Hythe, but it’s three more confidence-boosting points for
Sittingbourne and a reward for an awful lot of hard work they put into this game.
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Chapman 2 mins
Ita 43 mins (pen)
O.G 80 mins
Referee: Mr T Marshall.
Assistants: Mr P Zachwieja, Mr C Burton.
Ricky Gundry (Yellow card) (Stefan Wright, 75 min),
Steven Ita (Jake Embery, 43 min),
Jordan Gallacher (Hicham Akhazzan, 66 min).
Subs not used: Dan Tanner, Nick Davis.
Jake Mckenzie (Macauley Murray, 27 min),
Jack Penny (Yellow card),
George Crimmen (Yellow card),
Joe Kane (Billy Lewins, 81 min),
Ollie Gray (Yellow card),
Subs not used: Mitchell Laing, Jake Munday, Alfie Foster.
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