Under 15 Team News
Ramsbury FC held their inaugural Festival of Football on Sun 27th June and the Club Annual Awards straight afterwards.
It was an amazing day with all 10 youth teams playing 5 and 6 a side small sided games from U6 to U16 that saw a total of 175 players, 27 teams and 54 matches! The weather was kind with only a couple of light showers and the huge gazebo kindly provided by Ian Smith, Chair of Ramsbury Recreation Ground Committee, provided great cover for the BBQ team led brilliantly by our Treasurer Bryony Beck.
It was great to see all age groups together and also to see all parents / guardians supporting and adhering to social distancing and hygiene requirements to make the event as safe as possible.
A huge thank you to First Water for providing the extra parking; to Seb and Ben P from the U16s for marshalling the cars safely; Liz Watts Photography our local professional photographer for the day and, as always, to our generous Club Sponsor Ergo Plus FM who continue to help the Club develop.
Every player received an end of season trophy and 4 players from each team received individual trophies for Players Player; Managers Player, Most Improved and Player of the Season.
The following received Club Awards:
- Carrington Shield: Team of the Year: Ramsbury FC U16s
- Dave Rushen Shield: Coach of the Year: Chris Allen U7/U8s
- Oli Kimber Trophy: Player of the Year: Lucas Pottinger U12s
Arthur Carrington, CEO of Ergo Plus FM, kindly presented the Carrington Shield to Geoff Pratt, Andy Knowles and the U16s for an outstanding year where they won the Mid Wilts U16s (Red) Div title, Wilts FA Fair Play Award and remained undefeated all season. Runners up were the U12s who were pipped to 2nd in an extremely competitive U12s Div 2 earning promotion to Div 1 as U13s – another amazing achievement!
We also said a final farewell to club stalwarts Chris and Nicola Allen who depart to live in Cornwall and who have served the Club so well for so long as Treasurer, Secretary and Coach. It was fitting that Chris won Coach of the Year and that Dave Rushen’s grandson, James Underwood, a current senior player and Level 2 Coach, could present the trophy on behalf of the Rushen family and Ramsbury FC. Dave Rushen was a superb sportsman, past RFC player, long-time Chair of the Club and a strong supporter of youth football.
The day ended with the award of the prestigious Oli Kimber Trophy for the Club Player of the Year which went deservedly to Lucas Pottinger in the U12s. The OK Trophy is not awarded every year and is only awarded to those that have shown selfless commitment, huge courage and leadership and who are an example to follow. Lucas certainly fits the mantle and his contribution to the U12s success and as an ambassador for Ramsbury FC has been fantastic. Well done!
All teams and their coaches have a well-earned break with registration for next season now open and if completed by 6 Aug 21 will see another concession provided by the Club as a reward for all who have continued to support our amazing grass roots football club!
Jon – Club Sec
Ramsbury U15s lost narrowly 1-0 away to a tough Stratton FC U15s side.
After an epic mid week win against league leaders Durrington FC U15s, Ramsbury U15s put up a great fight against Stratton but were unable to make it two wins out of two.
The U15s Division 2 is a very tough league with some great teams and Ramsbury U15s have fought hard in every game. Well done!
Ramsbury FC U15s cause a real upset as they defeat top of the league Durrington FC U15s 3-0 at the Recreation Ground
A very close first half saw a compelling game remain 0-0 at half time with both teams showing lots of determination and commitment, but no goals.
The second half was equally committed by both sides as they searched for an opening goal. The first goal went the way of Ramsbury and they maintained the upper hand as they continued to apply pressure on Durrington. That pressure paid off as Ramsbury kept their shape and composure and another two more goals sealed a memorable midweek win against the league leaders; a win that was recorded by the League and will show how good our U15s are!
A great game to watch and Ramsbury FC U15s fully deserved the win.
After a tough midweek draw against Pewsey FC U16s it was Ramsbury FC U15s next. The U15s have seen huge success in recent seasons and are well known for their technical ability and excellent passing game and were a really good test for the squad.
Geoff and Andy stuck with the 3-2-4-1 formation that the team like and made a few adjustments with Ben B off ill and no shows by Owen and John (need to let us know boys). The team was Noah in goal, a back three of Josh, Hayden and Joe; Byron and Oli as CDMs and Fred, Jez, Euan and Reece in midfield supporting Ben P up front. Subs were Seb, AJ, Barney, Liam, Kieran.
The first half saw a frenetic start with both teams making mistakes as they tried to settle and it was Ramsbury U16s who scored first after a bit of pinball football saw the ball kindly fall to Fred who miskicked the ball off his shin to see it bounce and sail over the defence and keeper to make it 1-0. They all count Fred!
The goal sharpened up the U15s who played some very good passing football and were only let down in the final third by a lack of composure and by some resolute defending by Josh, Joe and Hayden and a very calm and assured display by Noah in goal. The tempo of the game increased and the U16s started to impose themselves more on the game with some good work by Byron, who was Captain for the first half, and a superb display by Oli. This resulted in the ball being passed out wide to Fred who hit a peach of a volley into the top left hand corner of the goal to make it 2-0.
Geoff made a number of changes with Kieran, AJ and Barney coming on followed by Seb and Liam which provided some fresh legs but also resulted in a more disjointed and less coherent display. There was still too little desire and effort to win the first and second balls by the U16s and they were second best throughout the game as the U15s increased their efforts to score. Liam was hugely energetic and he and Euan both went very close to getting a third goal, but the half ended 2-0.
The second half saw more changes with Josh as Captain, Ben P in goal and Noah on the left of midfield and AJ up front. The formation remained the same and the U16s looked to be in control with AJ and Noah going very close to scoring but for some very fine saves made by the U15s keeper. The goal finally came with Fred and AJ combining well and AJ providing a great pass for Noah to score and make it 3-0. However, an element of sloppiness and lack of concentration crept in and the U15s took full advantage with a great through ball setting up Thomas their striker to score and make it 3-1. The goal saw the U15s up their tempo and sustained pressure on the U16s as the U15s looked for another goal were so close with a superb shot that bounced off the cross bar and a header that was only a foot wide from an excellent corner. The U16s shape was restored with solid performances by Joe and Byron as CDMs, real energy from Reece, Kieran and Liam and some much better passing that saw Jez, Barney and Euan get further forward and put pressure on the U15s back four. The sustained pressure led to the best passage of play in the game with excellent defending by Josh out to Kieran who calmly passed to Reece and onto Fred and his superb cross field pass to Noah saw him skin the U15s right back and clip in a fine cross for Fred to head in at the back post and claim his hat trick. A great way to end the game as the whistle blew and the match ended 4-1.
A decent display with Fred winning moment of the match for a great header and hat trick and Oli winning player of the match for his all round excellent play. However, it was a much better team performance overall and all players did their bit.
At the end we took some photos of the squad and Geoff and Andy handed out the new training tops to those who have paid their subs and which you will agree look great!
Thanks for your support as always and we maybe have a mid week friendly AWAY v Ardington FC (Wantage) on Wed 26th (next wed) which will probably be our last before the season starts. It would be great to get as many as we can playing. Training still on Sat as well.
Jon, Geoff and Andy
Ramsbury FC takes pride in providing a grassroots community that is both affordable with most likely the lowest subscription costs in the League whilst providing football on safe, fun and inclusive environment.
Please note that all players joining or playing for Ramsbury Football Club are required to have completed the attached Club registration form, handed to respective team coaches, with subscriptions paid as requested.
I look forward to you all joining our fantastic Football Club.
Ramsbury FC Chair
Under 15 Team
Practice Times: 10:00-11:30 every Saturday
Match Days: Sundays 10:30 or 12:30
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