Clacton 2 Ramgarhia 6
Division 3SE Clacton 2 Ramgarhia 6 Clacton put in a sturdy performance, but the visitors were too strong on the day and ran out easy winners. The Seasiders started brightly, soaking up the visitors' attacks and defending the early short corners before going down the other end to earn their own short corner.
Clacton 2 Ramgarhia 6
Clacton put in a sturdy performance, but the visitors were too strong on the day and ran out easy winners.
The Seasiders started brightly, soaking up the visitors' attacks and defending the early short corners before going down the other end to earn their own short corner.
Clacton made their set piece count at the first time of asking when Ric Coleman laid in a perfectly weighted pass to Rob Lukey who deflected into the net for 1-0.
The visitors continued to press hard but were once again frustrated to find Mike Key in fine form with Clacton's defenders of Colin Hook, Gavin Underhay, John Hambrook, and Alex Mortimer coming out on top in the early exchanges.
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In midfield, Densil Donovan made a welcome return to get a full game under his belt, making good progress down the left, while Lukey fed Coleman and Sam Hodge from the right.
Meanwhile, Carl Parkes, Jamie Roberts, and Tom Blake fought hard but were unable to dominate their opponents.
Ramgarhia then had a purple patch where they scored four goals in quick succession to put the result out of sight.
Clacton played some flowing hockey going forwards with Donovan, Hodge, Coleman, and Lukey all linking up well.
The Seasiders problem was getting the ball to their attacking force with the visitors closing down well and pressurising Clacton into mistakes.
The Seasiders did have their attacking moments and from a free hit outside the circle Parkes found Lukey who picked out Hodge in the circle to earn a short corner. Parkes this time fed Coleman who fired home for Clacton's second.
The visitors ran out 6-2 winners with Clacton's man-of-the-match keeper Mike Key keeping the score line respectable.
This leaves the Seasiders looking over their shoulder in the league table. With three games remaining Clacton find themselves too close to the drop zone.
Next week Clacton travel to East London who are three points ahead in the table, before an Easter break which then sets up two critical games.
One away against Wapping 3rd XI five points below them and then the final game at home against Brentwood 2nd XI who are two points ahead of Clacton with a game in hand.