On Sunday the Rams Premier and Premier Reserves played host to Richmond Rovers Football Club.
The Reserves started well when newcomer Mauro Michi beat the Rovers defence and crossed to Steve Kirkpatrick who volleyed home a delightful cross to have the Rams up 1-0. The Rams dominated play with Bruce Morhaus and James Packham controlling the defence and Lachlan Dewar controlling the midfield. Rovers however are not reigning champs for nothing and on one raid headed in a goal for making the score 1-1 midway through the half. Not to be denied Brad Jones moved forward and shot at goal. The rebound off the Rovers keeper fell in the path of Kirkpatrick again who slotted home his second goal for a 2-1 score line to the Rams. The second half saw the Rams totally dominated play with another three goals to Kirkpatrick and another to Nolan Pierce. The final score line was 6-1 to the Rams a fantastic result. The whole team played well with Steve Kirkpatrick a standout with 5 goals.
The Premiers took the field in a confident manner with play going from end to end. A loose pass at the back saw Rovers capitalise for a 1-0 scoreline. The Rams rallied with a number of half chances going begging. Lucas O'Donnell hit a wonderful shot that beat the Rovers goalkeeper hitting the crossbar and bouncing back out. Layton Barton was denied a penalty. Even though the Rams were on top they could not convert their dominance into goals.
The second half saw Rovers defending stoutly as the Rams mounted raid after raid for the elusive goal. Chance after chance went begging as Todd Knaus, Tom Cranmer and Sebastian Bell were dominating play. To the Rams supporters disbelief Rovers were awarded a penalty which the Rovers converted. 2-0 to Rovers.
This spurred on the Rams even further and they went into all out attack with Bruce Morhaus and Mauro Michi dominating. We hit the post through Morhaus and Sam Owens went close with a header as did many others. Finally George Martin headed in a goal with 20 minutes to go but the Rovers goalkeeper and defence somehow managed to keep the Rams at bay. The final score was 2-1 to Rovers in a game the Rams will remember for missed chances. The boys went back to the Park Hotel to regroup for next weeks game against Alstonville. Best for the Rams were Sebastian Bell, Todd Knaus, Pierce Essery and Tomoki Inoue.