Ramsgate's season ends with home defeat to Walton Casuals
RAMSGATE ended their league campaign in disappointing fashion with a 3-1 defeat against Walton Casuals at Southwood on Saturday.
The Rams were forced to play 88 minutes of the game with ten men after Tom Hickman was harshly sent off for deliberate handball in the penalty area and Rams were up against it from there on.
However, boss Tim Dixon will be delighted with the performance as the full-time score didn't reflect the balance of power in the game, particularly in the second half.
After going behind to a Sol Patterson-Bonner penalty early on, Ramsgate were shell-shocked.
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The decision by referee Neil West bemused most in the ground, a shot was smashed at Hickman in the six yard box and as he turned his back on the ball it struck his elbow.
Walton were enjoying long spells of possession and had the better of the play, Danny Twyman kept busy in the Ramsgate goal.
Atrocious conditions at Southwood didn't help either side play particularly attractive football, the howling wind causing havoc in the Ramsgate box on more than one occasion.
Despite battling valiantly, the Rams went further behind just after the twenty minute mark. It was another dubious decision from the referee who decided to award a free kick on the right hand side after Sean Bradley went down under the slightest of touches.
The ball was swung in and Walton forward Danny Fernandez poked the ball in at the back post to make it 2-0.
It was 3-0 just before half-time when Sean Bradley bundled the ball home in the six-yard box.
Rams came out fighting in the second half with Joe Taylor particularly impressive.
They were by far the better side though Walton always looked dangerous going forward but rarely tested Twyman in the Rams goal.
Ian Pulman squandered a wonderful opportunity for Ramsgate on 50 minutes, skewing his shot horribly wide when he was put clean through on goal.
But the striker did redeem himself on 75 minutes when he finished off a flowing move underneath Walton keeper Gareth Williams who could have done better.
Rams continued to push forward throughout the rest of the game but couldn't make their chances count and finished the season in a res- pectable 11th place.