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On a fine Sunday morning, we lined up with Jan in goal, Dave Eglin and Peter Morris in defence, Colin Gwyn, Dave Thompson and Mark Chamberlain in midfield and Rupert Brown up front.

We started well and played some good passing moves from back to front.  Dave T adopted a forward midfield role and trouble Ramsgate’s keeper more than once.  In fact, the whole team moved forward as a unit much better than in previous games and this allowed Rupert, Mark and Colin to have chances on goal.

Peter and Dave E were working well to stifle Ramsgate’s attacking threat, but their best player only needed one chance to slip through and slide the ball past Jan.  We didn’t deserve to be behind.  The same player got through once more, but Jan blocked the shot and, thereafter, our defence didn’t give him another chance.

At half-time, our stand-in manager, Dave E, gave us a good team talk and we came out again, determined not to suffer another defeat.  (Simon was unable to manage the team as he was called upon to referee … which he did very well!).  Our movement and passing were still excellent, but we were victims of inaccurate shooting or good shots saved by their goalkeeper.

Ian Banks came on to replace Dave T and almost immediately had a shot saved.

Finally, with about ten minutes to go, a fine cross from the right by Mark found Rupert in space on the edge of the box and he gave the ‘keeper no chance with a low shot into the bottom corner.

Try as we might, the winner eluded us, and Jan had to tip a good shot over the bar to preserve the 1-1 scoreline.

In summary, we can be pleased with our general play which was much better than any game this season and, frankly, deserved more, but disappointed we weren’t able to find the net more than once.

The game was played in the best of sporting spirit, and we enjoyed a beer and a sandwich with our opponents afterwards.

Our next game is away to Woodnesborough B on Friday, July 22 at 2000.