Hoare leads Rams raid as Wasps win
The Wasps made it back to back home wins with a hard earned 1-0 win against 17th placed Ramsgate.
Grinstead dominated the first half with Isaac Hutchinson causing all kinds of problems for the Ramsgate rear guard with many penetrative dribbles down the left. The hosts registered many shots on target in the opening 30 minutes with forward Charlie Postance a threat, particularly in the air. Oliver Boulding also produced some excellent crosses from overlaps down the right.
But it was Ramsgate who came closest in their first threatening attack of the game when Alfie Paxman saw his thunderous left foot drive crash into the post, a shot that look destined to nestle into Dan Smith’s top left corner. Michael Wilson caught the eye in the first period with frequent lofted passes in behind the Rams’ back line, providing the likes of Hutchinson and Marcus Elliott chances to test keeper Jordan Carey.
Wasps started the second half as they had left off in the first with a lot of territorial pressure, the majority of Ramsgate’s chances coming on the break. This pattern of play continued until the final 15 minutes when Ramsgate forced multiple saves both low and high from in-form goalkeeper Smith.
Five minutes after the interval Will Hoare managed to toe poke the ball in between the Rams centre backs sending Postance clean through, however he was unfortunate to see his low shot tipped around the post by Carey who had already done very well to keep the visitors’ goal intact.
The deadlock was broken in the 69th minute when Hoare’s mazy run saw him unlock the Ramsgate defence and place a left footed shot across Carey into the bottom left corner, giving Grinstead just rewards for their efforts.
The hosts were seeing game out comfortably, with the introduction of Alex Gaggin with 20 minutes left on the clock producing a vital outlet for Grinstead to relieve pressure. It was not until injury time that Ramsgate came tantalisingly close to equalising but Smith was equal to it once again with a brilliant double save. Firstly, he got down low to his right and then punched away the subsequent rebound, capping an impressive afternoon and sealing a massive three points for East Grinstead who continue their improved form since the turn of the year.
Wasps: Smith; Boulding, Cochrane, Cooney, Cooney, Rolph, Hoare, M.Wilson (sub: O.Hutchinson 90), I. Hutchinson, Mazzone (sub: Sargent 85), Postance (sub: Gaggin 70), Elliott.
REPORT BY MARCUS ALLY
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Pictures from Saturday's 1-0 win over Ramsgate
Top: Isaac Hutchinson stretches the visitors on his home debut
Above: Wasps celebrate Will Hoare's second-half winner
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