Highlights: Cray Wanderers 2 Ramsgate 2

By Ian Townsend

A late Rams comeback earns a replay

Two form sides met at Hayes Lane, and they delivered something of a thriller- although most of the thrills arrived in the last half an hour! Cray Wanderers had scored ten goals in their previous two matches, including a five goal haul against Pitching In Isthmian Premier leaders Chatham Town. By a strange quirk of fate, visitors Ramsgate had also defeated the Chats by exactly the same scoreline in the FA Cup, so on that basis alone we expected this one to be close, and indeed the sides were level for fifty nine minutes before, suddenly, the hosts took control. Just before the hour mark Yahaya Bamba opened the scoring from close range, and ten minutes later it looked to be game over as Wands doubled their lead, Nyren Clunis with his third of the season, each of those arriving in his last three matches.

Into the last five minutes and the two goal advantage was still held, but at that point a favourite from past glory days came back to haunt Cray, the closing stages becoming the Joe Taylor show. Joe won the Golden Boot with Cray, before departing for Lewes in the summer of 2021. He scored against his former club that season, and did it again last season whilst once more picking up a golden boot, so they had experience from both ends of the spectrum of just how deadly he could be, and it was no surprise that when he was fouled for a penalty with four minutes left he got up and expertly converted it. And then, in the very last minute, a corner from Alfie Paxman once more found Taylor, criminally unmarked, to head home and earn his side a replay.

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