Under 15 Team News
Firstly, I apologise if I offended some parents for being overly negative today. It is nothing personal and just frustration on my part with things that I believe our team can do better. I was a model of restraint in the second half and the reason for not being in the coaching area with Geoff is that I am still full of cold and wanted to keep my distance. Now I have apologised and explained myself – on with the match report. Geoff started with Ben B in goal and Maya and Josh as the two centre backs with Seb at left back and Reece at right back. Euan, Byron and Scott were the 3 midfielders with Barney wide right, Noah wide left and Ben P (Capt) up front. It was a good formation and great to see both Byron and Barney making the starting 11.
The first half was full of errors and understandably due to the nature of the poor playing surface. But there were still too many players not warmed up properly, not focussed enough and too many still waiting for the ball to come to them and very little in the way of tackles. Purton played the better football and thankfully for us did not take their chances and were denied a goal by some outstanding goal keeping by Ben Brown. With the downward slope and wind behind us Ramsbury started to apply pressure and Ben P got very lucky with a looping shot that deflected in off a Purton player to make it 1-0. The game was relatively even with Purton dangerous on the break and the Ramsbury midfield and defence just off the pace and struggling to clear our lines quick enough and very nearly conceding. Reece and Seb were the most alert in attacking the ball and Euan and Byron slowly formed a useful partnership in the centre of midfield with Scott a constant threat with his long throw. A second goal eventually came after great work by Euan and Byron and the ball fell to Noah who flicked onto Ben P to score and make it 2-0. Geoff made some tactical changes as Fred came on for Barney and Sam on for Byron and Max for Scott and Oli for Seb. The game remained even but the fresh legs made a difference with Fred going so close (should have been a goal Fred!) after a superb ball by Euan and Ben P and Noah also just missing two clear cut opportunities! A third goal finally came after some strong battling by Max in midfield and a great ball by Reece to Fred who fired in a superb cross to Ben P to volley in a delightful third goal and bag his hat trick and see Ramsbury go in 3-0 at half time.
The Coaches gave the team clear instruction that the slope and wind was now against them and that possession football and winning the first and second balls would be key. Ramsbury upped their game and Maya’s timing in intercepting the ball was immaculate with Josh much more his usual self in clearing vital balls and Reece breaking up play and clearing out of defence very effectively. Noah, who had had a torrid first half, sparked into life and he and Ben P linked up superbly to get a fourth goal with Noah chipping in to make it 4-0. Alex came on at left back and was awesome making two or three great tackles and headers. However, I’m not sure about Maya and Alex as a defensive partnership as there was suddenly a lot more giggling and chatter in defence, but I could not fault their play!
Purton were still battling and went close on two occasions with Ben B having to keep his wits about him and making a number of good saves; the midfield was rotated again with Oli, Euan and Scott in the middle and Sam out right and again Geoff’s changes made a difference. Some great play again by Euan and Oli in midfield released Ben P to find Noah to run in and score his second to make it 5-0. The Purton Captain who had been a threat all game went off injured after a collision with Josh and this opened up the game in the middle of the park. Sam and Euan and Scott dominated play and forced a corner which was dispatched superbly by Euan for Noah and Scott to head into the Purton net to make it 6-0. Scott claimed it and Noah was only to happy for him to have it as 5 minutes later a magnificent run and pin point cross by Ben P to the back post saw Noah leap up and head in to make it 7-0 and deservedly get a second half hat trick! It was a great spell of football by Ramsbury who showed what they are capable of when playing quick attacking football. The match ended 7-0 with Ramsbury U15s, and more importantly Ben Brown, getting a first clean sheet of the season. Fred earned moment of the match for his outstanding cross (although he could have shared this as Ben P’s cross was equally good) and Reece was quite rightly plyer of the match for another outstanding overall performance. Well done to both players and indeed the whole team.
In sum, it was a scrappy display at times on a poor pitch, in poor conditions and against opposition who did not take their chances on the day. We missed a hatful of chances in the first half, which could have cost us, but ended up with an emphatic away win, a clean sheet and 3 well-earned points.
Next Friday is Futsal night in Swindon with no training on Saturday and if the rain is not too heavy this week a game at HOME v North Swindon Lions. Enjoy your Sunday.
Ramsbury FC U15s lost to a gritty Croft U15s team In a tough league match played in cold conditions and on a very heavy pitch. Although 5-1 was the eventual score line, it flattered the opposition somewhat as Ramsbury missed a hatful of clear chances and were on the wrong end of some dubious decision making by the Croft Coach who refereed the game in the absence of a league sanctioned referee. This was a shame as there were more positives to take away from this game and Geoff and Andy were delighted by the team not giving up when it would have been very easy to do so.
Ben Brown volunteered to go in goal today and was superb. He pulled off some top draw saves and demonstrated that he is without doubt a first class keeper. He may have been a bit rusty at times, but he gave the team confidence and for much of the game kept the score line down. Josh and Maya continued as the centre pairing in defence with Reece at right back and Seb at left back with Euan, Scott and Byron playing in the centre midfield positions and Fred and Noah out wide in support of Ben P up front as Captain. The shape and structure worked well and for 30 minutes it was very even with both teams going close, but Ramsbury the better team and really should have had a goal through Ben P. However, Croft rode their luck with their keeper making some fine saves and they finally got a lucky break with a deflected shot looped unkindly over Ben to make it 1-0. This was a shame as Byron and Euan in centre midfield and Noah on the left had been having a terrific game and were easily matching Croft and Seb and Josh had both put in some real crunching tackles with Reece and Maya making superb cover clearances. It was great stuff! It was really unfortunate that Croft sneaked another goal on the stroke of half time to make it 2-0 as it was against the run of play and not deserved. But that’s how it goes and it ended 2-0 to Croft at half time.
Ramsbury responded so well after the break with Scott scoring a fine calmly driven goal to make it 2-1 and also earning him moment of the match. Well done Scott! However, a lack of concentration soon after and some poor refereeing led to Croft scoring a quick goal in reponse and another through a penalty to make it 4-1 and take the game away from Ramsbury. The team struggled for a bit after that but some change over in players saw AJ, Barney and Alex come on to inject some energy and this worked with AJ going close and Scott going even closer with a header. Noah continued to be relentless down the left wing and his crosses were a constant threat and also earned him player of the match – and deservedly so. Well done Noah! A final goal right at the end by Croft made the score 5-1 at the end and as I said earlier it flattered the opposition. Well done to the team today for not giving up. A huge well done to Ben B for playing the whole game in goal and doing ever so well – there wasn’t much between him and Noah for player of the match.
Finally, there was only one negative to report in that the opposition Coach and referee complained of wholly inappropriate language and comment made by a couple of the Ramsbury players. This is so unlike Ramsbury and took us by surprise and after providing an apology from the Club, which was accepted, the matter has been dealt with internally and is now closed. I would encourage all players to learn from this and to esnure we maintain the excellent reputation that this Club deserves. Any future outbursts will be dealt with more seriously.
Thank you for your support and see you all at training next Saturday.
Geoff, Andy and Jon
I hope you all had a great holiday. This is the first Ramsbury Football Club Newsletter.
Please feel free to distribute to parents and guardians. Any suggestions for the second edition would be most welcome and can be sent via the Ramsbury web site.
Jon Symon Ramsbury FC Chair
A very tough game away to Stratton Jaguars U15s on a poor pitch, atrocious conditions and with a referee that gave very little our way. Although it was a 9-2 loss, there was much more effort today and the team kept going to the end. Well done to all involved.
The first half was very competitive and although Stratton dominated play, it was Ramsbury who scored first with a superb through ball by Ben P to Noah who sprinted forward to score into the bottom right hand corner. For 20 minutes Ramsbury kept their structure and shape with Maya and Josh holding the defensive line in front of Tom in goal and Seb and Max making well timed tackles. The middle three of Dan, Oli and Reece were excellent with protecting the defence and getting the ball wide to Noah and Fred on the wings or to Ben P up front. A very harsh penalty decision against Seb gifted Stratton a goal to make it 1-1 and this changed the momentum. We lost our shape and conceded yet again to make it 2-1 and were very much on the back foot. Hayden and Byron came on as fresh legs and did really well and unfortunately a lack of concentration at the end of the half resulted in another Stratton goal as we failed to close down a shot from distance that flew in over Tom’s head to make it 3-1 at half time.
The second half started well and Ramsbury were again thwarted by the referee who disallowed a Ben P goal as the opposition keeper and defender collided and Ben calmly shot into an empty net. It was a real blow as it would have made it 3-2 and all to play for. But Stratton scored shortly after this to make it 4-1 and understandably the Ramsbury heads went down. It was then one way traffic as Ramsbury lost their discipline and shape and Stratton took full advantage to make it 5-1. However, Ramsbury rallied and through Noah and Ben P playing some great football and a brilliant through ball by Noah we scored our second to make it 5-2. Players were flagging with a heavy pitch, strong wind and hail and rain and with the wind in their favour Stratton played the ball neatly and accurately to score two quick goals to make it 7-2 and if it wasn’t for Tom making some top draw saves it would have been more. Maya was solid in defence, but Josh struggled to keep his discipline in the centre of defence and swapped to right back with Hayden in the centre; Max moved into the centre of midfield for Oli with Byron moving to left back for Seb and Fred on for Reece who was as Geoff said frozen like a popsicle! The shuffle resulted in better play and I was impressed with Byron, Max and Fred who created a number of chances for Ben and Noah and Barney on the right wind, but who were beaten by the deteriorating pitch and slipped over when through on goal….it was one of those days! Stratton scored two more goals with one of those an unfortunate Hayden own goal and the game ended 9-2 to Stratton. A chastening score line against a very strong team who will likely win the league or be runners up at the end of the season!
Player of the match went to Ben P as Captain who just pipped Noah for his positive attitude and overall play. Moment of the match went to Tom in goal for a string of top saves, but he could not get the trophy as it had not been handed back from last week. Could I ask that all players bring the trophies back the following week at training.
LOOK FORWARD. Next week there is NO training on Saturday as we are at Futsal in Swindon on Friday. No cost and just come wearing astros or trainers and Ramsbury FC training tops. 7-8pm and please be there 10 minutes before.
On Sunday is our cup match v Div 1 Bishops Cannings which is TBC and I will keep you posted whether we play this game or not.
Finally, our Team Christmas party is in Marlborough Leisure Centre @ 5pm – 6.30pm on Fri 20 Dec for a 5 a side competition followed by pizza and ice cream in Prezzo in Marlborough. Please bring £3 for the leisure centre costs and again this year our sponsors Arthur and Karen at ergo facilities management are very generously covering the meal and drinks. I will send a menu out on SPOND so we can pre-order food and will update on drop off and pick ups. We will also take a team photo when there so also bring your Ramsbury FC shirts.
Have a great week
Ramsbury FC U15s lost 5-0 in a very disappointing game against league opponents Wootton Bassett FC U15s (Yellow) that was a stark contrast to the superb win against the Wooton Bassett FC (Blue) Div 2 side in the cup. It wasn’t the 5-0 score line that was so disappointing, but more the poor performance of many of the players and the lack of desire and commitment and it has certainly made me think that it is now time for Geoff and Andy to take the team forward from now on and leave me to assist only when needed and concentrate more on running the Football Club as a whole. I said last season that the team needed a new voice and that I would step down and as such I will hand over to Geoff as lead coach and Team Manager post our Christmas party on the 20th Dec. I have loved every minute of being a Ramsbury Coach and the current crop of players are a fantastic bunch and I know they will continue to flourish under Geoff and Andy. However, 3 is a magic number and an additional assistant coach would be ideal and it would be great if we could have another willing volunteer to help out. Please come and chat to the coaches as the team needs you.
A short precise on the game today: firstly, we missed a couple of players today and disappointingly I went out of my way to collect one player to be let down as they couldn’t be bothered getting out of their bed – unacceptable in my view and meant last minute adjustments to the shape and structure of the team. Even with the last minute adjustments, the team, Captained by Fred, and with clear instructions as to our formation and how we would play, just did their own thing. They did not listen to me, there was no communication, no football intelligence and no desire to win the ball or put pressure on the opposition! At best it was chaotic, panic-football and at half time we were 4-0 down. Ben B did ever so well in goal (thank you Ben) in the absence of Tom and to be fair the opposition did hit two wind-assisted thunderbolts into the top corner, but frustratingly they were allowed to do this by cheap fouls and not closing the opposition down. Apart from Noah marauding down the left flank, we posed little threat and were easily second best throughout the midfield. I subbed a few players to try and get some balance and organisation, but it was fairly futile as the team resorted to sniping at each other and at Ben B as keeper, which was unforgiveable. Ben B had to be cajoled back into goal and was visibly upset and I was genuinely angry at the whole situation. It was a very poor half and without Ben B making some outstanding saves and Josh and Maya’s clearances it could have been much worse!
The second half was so much better as Maya and Josh worked better as a team at the back and Hayden on the left of defence was much more physical and played so much quicker out of defence; Reece covered brilliantly at right back and pushed into midfield to support John, Max, Sam and Byron and there was more desire and commitment to win the ball. Noah was relentless on the left and when Fred came off injured AJ made some telling runs up front and with the Captain’s arm band combined well with Barney, on the right for Sam, as they pushed the opposition defence back for the first time in the match. The play was still too erratic and error strewn, but at least there was some commitment and a desire to compete and this made the match much more even. Wootton were still dangerous on the break and two or three times they broke through and were only denied with brave defending by Reece, Seb, Josh and Maya and with more super saves made by Ben B. However, we were finally caught on the break as we pushed to many players forward and the opposition for once got behind Maya and Josh and slotted in to make it 5-0. That said, I wasn’t too disappointed as the second half was 1-0 and against the run of play and if we had played like that in the first half it would have been a very different game.
It ended 5-0 and was a game of two very different halves: a dreadful and lack lustre first half followed by a more committed Ramsbury performance in the second half that had much more desire and showed teamwork and some quality football. The team needs to be more like the Ramsbury team in the second half and understand that to do this requires all players to listen, focus and understand their role in the team, commit and compete as one team and to communicate with each other. I know that the team can do this as I have seen them do it, we just need to do it consistently.
Thanks for all the support.
Under 15 Team
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Having been involved with Ramsbury FC for many years, my motivation even on the cold, wet and windy mornings is seeing the players develop both personally and as a team. I dream of seeing one of our players one day playing for my beloved Liverpool FC…….you never know #livethedream
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