The Hillians were punished by a clinical Ramsgate outfit in miserable conditions at the More Than Tyres Stadium.
- Carey (34')
- Ajayi (37')
- Miller (56')
The hosts made the brighter start, with Alex Laing and Pat Harding capitalising on Jacob Russell’s loose clearance, but the Ramsgate ‘keeper redeemed himself with a smart save to deny Harding. In the 15th minute, Laing himself had a golden opportunity to give the Hillians the lead, when he found himself one-on-one but couldn’t beat Russell. Midway through the first half, Josh Ajayi had the visitors’ first attempt – but lashed his effort wide of the target. Another Hill chance came and went, as Max Blencowe was next to test Russell – who once again stood firm. In the 34th minute, against the run of play, the Rams took the lead, as Luke Carey rounded Alfie Jones following a slick counter-attack from the visitors. Unfortunately, one became two just three minutes later, as the dangerous Ajayi skipped through to slot home after rounding Jones. Elliot Cross had the final chance of the half – but blazed his effort high and wide.
Within minutes of the restart, Pat Harding came within a toes-length of halving the deficit, as a loose back-pass just evaded his outstretched leg. The Rams extended their lead in the 56th minute, as Ashley Miller tapped home from six-yards out following some neat work down the right. Aaron Smith-Joseph almost sparked a late fightback, but for a superb last ditch challenge from Ryan Johnson. The Hillians best two chances of the game fell in the final five minutes, as substitute, Max Miller headed Martyn Box’s dangerous cross against the post, before Nathan Cooper thudded the crossbar with a powerful header. Two chances which summed up Hill’s efforts in front of goal.
A below-par performance from Jay Lovett’s men, with Ramsgate fully worthy of all three points.
Next up, we’re off to Whyteleafe on Tuesday evening as we look to right yesterday’s wrongs!