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Pitch invader taken down by steward and police after confronting AFC Wimbledon fans

Footage has emerged of a pitch invader getting taken down by a steward and police officer after confronting AFC Wimbledon fans.

It came in the FA Cup Second Round clash which saw Isthmian League South East Division outfit Ramsgate beaten 5-0 at Plough Lane on Monday night.

TV cameras chose not to shown the incident, but fans in the stands made sure they had it on recorded for all to see on social media.

The pitch invader ran over and gave it large in front of home fans before being carted off by police with fans making their feelings known as he was ejected.

The game itself saw Wimbledon put a stop to Ramsgate’s impressive run to the second round of the FA Cup as the League Two club proved too strong for the 8th tier Kent part-timers, with a gap of 85 places between the two in the English football pyramid.

Ramsgate keeper Tom Hadler did put in a superb performance with many a save and block to prevent the scoreline being double figures, making10 saves in total.

But he couldn’t keep out Jake Reeves, Ali Al-Hamadi and Josh Neufville, who put the tie to bed by half time.

Further goals from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans and Al-Hamadi set up a Third Round clash at home to Championship highfliers Ipswich Town.

Ramsgate manager Ben Smith told BBC Radio Kent: “You saw the difference in level, in their physicality. When they pressed, it was a proper press, strong and aggressive. They’ve not disrespected us, they’ve taken it professionally and shown what a great club it is, had us watched and done all the right things.

“I told people before the game if we kept it under six I’d be very happy. I know it sounds defeatist but you have to be realistic as well.

“The lads in our dressing room are at the end of their careers, we’re four leagues below and they’re a full-time outfit – they should be doing that. There were little spells where we gave a good account of ourselves but it was naivety. We weren’t going to change the way we play, and I’m proud of the players for sticking to it.

“It’s been unbelievable. Now the run is over, I can say that. I’ve been balancing two jobs – and it is a job when you’re in the FA Cup second round with all the media and so on – but when it’s gone I’ll miss it. It consumes you, getting phone calls every two minutes, ‘Can we have a word? Can you come on this show?’

“But I didn’t come here to have a cup run, I came here to get promoted.”

Ramsgate goalkeeper Tom Hadler told BBC Radio Kent: “It isn’t necessarily about tonight’s result, it’s how we’ve done for the whole seven or eight games and how we’ve done in the season.

“Tonight was a shame, but they’re an incredibly good side. We tried playing our way of football and it hurt us a couple of times but we’ve had a good night, and we can’t thank our fans enough – for 1,500 people to come and cheer us on the way they did was incredible.

“It was that little bit of naivety when we came up against a team as good as them, a league team that presses a different way to what we’re used to.

“We had a couple of good chances and maybe one of them changes the game but it was a great day and we enjoyed it.

“That was the busiest I’ve been in a competitive game. It was a good feeling to make lots of saves and be a big part of the night.

“As a goalie you never like conceding goals and as a team it hurts because thankfully we’re used to winning, but when I have the chance to make a save I’ll make a save and tonight I had a lot of opportunities.”

Twitter users gave their reaction having seen the pitch invader taken down by steward and police after confronting AFC Wimbledon fans…

@Triggerfiish: Love it. Nothing wrong with being a pissed up ninja now and then. Looks like he didn’t have a plan and didn’t expect to get as far as he did so ran out of ideas due to said lack of plan. Didn’t look like he was putting up much of a struggle. Slap on the wrist and free t-shirt.

@Porky_1974: And the clown has ban coming his way

@dylzyy1: Good job there was an invisible barrier stopping yous getting to him

@SussexWhites: Its Fackin’ BOVVER

@dcf104: I really did think it was the @DorkingWDRS manager!

@nice_guy_eddie1: Football is so finished😭. Chants of “you’re getting banned in a minute” followed by cheering as he’s tackled by a police officer ffs

@joshmorris1904: See the way copper took him out why they not doing that to the pedos when they get arrested

@DylanJS99: Odd bunch

@beanie59186661: Bit ott fuck me

@ACruickie: why did the steward take like a leap to jump onto him 😂

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