A perfectly-struck long-range free-kick from Harry Cuthbert with five minutes of the first-half remaining needed Essex goalkeeper Tom Ballard at full stretch to prevent a fourth, and after the interval Ramsis was denied his third of the match by a strong save from Essex substitute goalkeeper Luke Craigie, but it was the visitors who fired back in the sixty fifth minute.
A misplaced goal kick from Sussex ‘keeper Oscar Lockyer found Kai Steven on the edge of the area, and he took a touch before unleashing a powerful strike right into the top corner, handing Essex a lifeline.
However, any chance of a comeback was quashed with ten minutes remaining when Ramsis dispatched coolly past a flailing Craigie to finally complete his hat-trick and give Sussex their fourth goal of the afternoon.
Lukas Zabulionis scored a second for Essex three minutes later, beating Lockyer one-on-one, but it turned out to be nothing more than a consolation as the hosts held on to maintain their perfect record in the competition and assert themselves as genuine title contenders.
Sussex manager Gary Mansell was pleased with his side’s performance, and believes that if they can keep their current form up, it might be their name on the trophy at the end of the season.
“[In the] first half I thought we dominated the game and played really well,” he said.
“The second half was a little scrappy but we dug in and managed the conditions well, and played good football at times.
“We will go into our last two games confident of getting results.”
(A selection of photographs can be found on Facebook - courtesy of Steve Mills at Simon Roe Photography)
Goals: 2-4; Shots: 12-11; Shots-on-target: 8-4; Corners: 2-1; Fouls: 6-12; Offsides: 0-3; Yellow cards: 1-2; Red cards: 0-0.
Sussex County FA: Lockyer, Chapman, Little, Freeman (c), Marchant, Cuthbert, Ferriera, Chalmers, Ramsis, Munt, Popham.
Subs: Hewens, Honore, McSwinney, Wright.
Essex County FA: Ballard, Harrison, Bayon (c), Lockhart, Turnham, Zabulionis, Ainsworth, Green, Ambrose, Temple, Onu.
Subs: Stephen, Craigie, Newberry, Paul.
Match report by Archie Griggs