• Michael Christou

The Rams unlucky against prestigious opponents


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The Rams put up a good fight but were knocked out of the Russell Coats cup in a well contested game against their Southern League South opponents.

There were early warning signs from the hosts. A long ball unraveled the defense as Adam McWilliam cut inside and released an effort that come off the post.

The Rams played well though and forced a few chances. A quick throw into Matt Low started the move, Low held it and laid it off to to the oncoming Ryan Kennedy who unfortunately blasted over.

Totton were dangerous on the counter and long balls, another diagonal long ball to Liam Callaghan forced Matt Petts into a routine stop, tipping over the bar. 

The Rams grew into the game but were caught on the counter again. The lightning quick Callaghan raced in on goal flashing a shot to the far post. The effort went wide and narrowly missed Mohamed Bakary sliding in at the far post.

Marvin Orepo was the main outlet of attack and his chance came after a determined run through the middle. Dodging defenders on his way, lead to a strong block by Jack Martin. Jake Bourton hit the follow up but Martin caught the powerful strike. 

34 minutes in the hosts went in front. Quick passes were lost to Charlie Merritt but Callaghan pounced, being strong, pushed Merrit off the ball and put his side in front past an exposed Petts.

With the visitors under pressure Will Webb turns his player inside out and onto a gut busting run, resulting in a venomous volley by Tremlett that was just about caught by the keeper.

After the break Totton attacked the wing harassing Borton on the right. Coming inside and driving a cross into the path of Bakary but Matt Petts pulled of an unbelievable block on the line as the ball was cleared.

Unfortunately, Totton bagged the second with virtually an identical move. Silvans Obeng beat Bourton on pace and fed a ball into Craig Fenny who calmly tapped home in just the 52nd minute.

Mark Summerhill went on the offensive bringing off Kris Stevens and bringing on Jordan Neal. A show of intent as the Rams displayed good attacking presence in the final ten minutes. 

One of Totton’s strong points were their calm passing round the back. However, high pressing from the entire team forced Martin into a heavy touch under pressure from Low. Webb collected the ball, took a couple of touches before lifting it over Martin to set up a tense finale. 

Deep into stoppage time Jordan Neal was brought down inside the box but no penalty was given. Appeals for kicking his standing leg were waved away as the officials somehow deemed Neal to have kicked the defender. 

Unlucky result in the end as the Rams had moments of brilliance against a very tough opponent. They are back in the league on Saturday visiting Fawley Town.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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