Under 15 Team News
Team: Ben B (GK), Alex, Josh, Maya, Seb, Euan, Max, Scott, Fred, Noah, Ben P (C), Byron, Barney, Reece, AJ, Sam
A disappointing loss against an organised and attack-minded Calne FC U15s side who were more up for this game that us and although flattered by the 4-0 score line they were the better team. The reason for the coaches disappointment today is that we will continue to lose winnable games like these unless we show more commitment, compete for the 50-50 balls better and minimise simple errors. On a more positive note, there was some great passing football played at times and if we had converted our clear chances on goal the game could have had a very different outcome!
The first half was a very lack lustre affair, by both sides to be honest, that was disjointed and without any real quality football being played by either side. Calne FC edged the first half with a number of shots that Ben B, in goal for the absent Tom, dealt with easily and confidently. Less confident was Ramsbury’s ability to win 50-50 balls as we continued to be outplayed in the midfield resorting to long punts up field to Ben P or Noah on the left or Fred on the right…..it was hugely frustrating to watch as Ramsbury failed to control the ball or prevent the opposition slicing through the midfield with ease. If it wasn’t for some resilient defending by Seb and Alex and last ditch challenges by Maya and Josh, Calne FC could easily have been 2 or 3 up inside 20 minutes. Calne FC did eventually take the lead through a well worked goal that the Ramsbury defence failed to clear and which fell kindly for the opposition to slot into the net to make it 1-0. It stayed like that until half time and even the injection of some much needed energy by Sam and Byron in midfield for Max and Fred and Reece for Alex did improve our play but was not enough to address the deficit.
The second half looked more promising with Scott using his huge throw-ins to great effect and Ben P and Noah getting higher up the pitch and into some good attacking positions to score. But it was Calne FC who scored next as skidding cross unfortunately caught out Ben B in goal to make it 2-0, which was a real shame as Ben B had played ever so well. The game opened up much more after the second goal with Euan and Sam playing really well in midfield and getting the ball wide to Noah on the left and AJ on the right to create more chances; with Noah doing ever so and shooting only inches wide. This was a shame as if Noah had scored it would have put Calne on the back foot and especially so as the ever-lively Reece had just prevented a certain goal and Seb also made a timely tackle to keep the game at 3-0….just!
Byron and Barney came on with fresh legs and Calne also brought on subs as the game quickened its pace and saw chances created at both ends. Geoff made his final changes with Max on for Seb and Fred and Scott back on, but it was a little too late as Calne got a quick break and lofted the ball over the Ramsbury defence to score their third and make it 3-0. Noah had another late chance blaze over the cross bar and AJ had two shots directly at the keeper – it was just not Ramsbury’s day! Finally, a clumsy tackle in the box resulted in a penalty for Calne FC to make it 4-0 and see the game slip away from Ramsbury. It stayed that way until the final whistle.
Player of the Match was undoubtedly Euan who showed the level of commitment expected and was a dynamo in midfield throughout….well done Euan! No moment of the match could be awarded as someone still has the trophy…..please find it and hand it back at training please as it would be great to hand it out at the end of matches! It would have gone to Reece for his play in defence that would have certainly been another goal…well done Reece!
Next week it is Calne FC U15s again at HOME with a 1030 kick off. I will be at Remembrance Parade in Ramsbury and will hopefully catch the second half. See you at training SATURDAY and please respond on SPOND regarding availability etc.
TEAM: Tom (C), Alex, Reece, Ben B, Hayden, Euan, Byron, Max, Sam, Scott, Fred, Kira, Barney, Dan, Oli (new triallist), Ben P.
In dreadful conditions, on a less than decent pitch, Ramsbury FC U15s comfortably defeated a makeshift Pewsey FC U15s side who currently do not play in the League. The final score of 9-1 was emphatic, but Ramsbury did not have it all their own way as Pewsey played some great passing football and took the game to Ramsbury for the first 30-40 minutes. However, it was Ramsbury who scored first with Euan shooting from distance and catching the Pewsey keeper off guard as the ball skidded in to make it 1-0. Pewsey reacted well and scored a very good goal through their Captain as our defence was too flat and a ball over the top was too easily converted. Ramsbury composed themselves and countered immediately with Euan scoring his second with a superb assist by Kira who had replaced Byron in midfield. Ramsbury could have had more goals as Fred, Scott and Sam went close and were dangerous on the break. Ben P came on and made quite an impact by scoring two quick fire goals after great work by Max and Euan in midfield and Sam and Scott on each wing to make it 4-1. What was impressive, however, was the defending by Alex and Ben B and especially alongside Hayden and Reece at right and left back as they link well with the midfield and the flanks. The half ended 4-1 to Ramsbury.
Tom was Captain for the day and was very solid in goal and Ben B and Alex played well together in the centre and even with some rotation with Dan and a new triallist Oli, the 4-3-3 shape worked well and especially with Fred and Barney or Sam and Scott on the flanks able to make raids down the wings. This tactic worked well and Ben P got his hat trick straight after the break with a great through ball and this was followed by a fine header by Scott from a corner and another wicked corner from Byron being palmed into his own net by the Pewsey keeper who had only just replaced the Pewsey first choice keeper as he went off injured. Ramsbury were on a roll and Euan got a superb third to get his hat trick and Scott got the last goal to make it 9-1. There was some fun and games near the end as Ben P and Ben B swapped positions with Ben B missing an absolute sitter and Ben B doing really quite well in defence! Geoff was not amused and got everything straightened out before the final whistle blew.
The game was committed, end to end and huge fun and those players who sometime don’t get lots of game time got plenty today. Kira got moment of the match for her superb assist to Euan and Alex was player of the match for her headers and general excellent play. But there were two hat tricks by Euan and Ben P, a hat trick of assists by Sam, some great passing play by Reece, Byron, Oli, Hayden and Fred and some really committed play by Ben B, Max, Barney, Ben B and Scott that made this a real team win. Well done!
Still a bit to work on before our next game AWAY to Calne FC 15s and see you all at training next Saturday!
Well done to all involved and thanks for all the continued support.
Ramsbury FC U15s Coach Andy Knowles accompanied by two of the U15 squad collected a cheque from Waitrose Marlborough Community Matters.
This is a great community project and the money form Waitrose Marlborough will be used to buy sports rollers as part of the Club’s Sports Therapy drive in partnership with Frankie Naylor Sports Therapy to improve fitness and injury prevention in youth teams and young players.
Ramsbury Football Club Chair and U15s Coach
Today Frankie Naylor of Frankie Naylor Sports Therapy took the Ramsbury U15s Squad for a session on warming up and warming down pre and post training. It was hugely useful and informative and the U15 squad and coaches learned loads….and the players were clearly more flexible than the coaches!
Frankie’s son plays in the U6 squad and as such she is free between 0930-1030 for short sessions to ensure coaches and players alike understand and apply the right type of warm ups and warm downs, how to stretch properly and also the benefits of using rollers.
A huge thank you to Frankie and if any other team needs her help then please contact me.
U15s Coach and Club Chair
A very disappointing display by Ramsbury FC U15s resulted in a 8-2 loss to a well disciplined and competitive North Swindon Lions and see the team suffer their heaviest defeat in the last three seasons!
Ramsbury FC U15s had a near full squad but were without Tom and Ben B who are the usual keepers. Hayden accepted the challenge to be keeper for the day even though he hasn’t put gloves on for some time and is now much more an outfield defensive player. But well done Hayden and despite the final score he did tremendously well and made a number of fine saves. The game was not helped by no allocated referee and some dubious decisions in the second half, but this did not contribute to the loss or manner of the defeat.
What let Ramsbury down was a lack of communication, lack of discipline in keeping our shape and playing in the positions allocated and ultimately just not competing to win the ball either on the ground or in the air. The opposition did this much more effectively and just competed better, tackled better and shot better!
The first half saw NSL lead 3-0 with relative ease as defensive frailty was compounded by the midfielders playing too far up the pitch and not getting back quickly enough to help the defence to clear the ball. Ramsbury did have chances as Noah and Sam were a constant threat and Scott’s long throws forward caused the opposition huge problems. But Ben P as the lone striker was often too isolated as we were slow to support him and commit players into the opposition box. Noah did eventually get a superb headed goal through some great play down the right by Reece and Fred that resulted in a superb cross to make it 3-1. Ramsbury had NSL on the back foot but some loose passing and poor tackling allowed the ball to fall to the opposition centre forward once more and he was given too much time to shoot to make it 4-1. It stayed 4-1 at half time.
Geoff made a number of changes at half time with Fred, Ben P, Seb and Euan given a rest and AJ, Byron, John and Alex coming on. The changes gave fresh impetus and pushed Sam from wide left to centre forward and he and Noah went close early on and were a constant threat. The pressure finally told and a fine corner by Byron was met by a great header by Sam to make it 4-2 and see Ramsbury back in the game. However, a dubious offside goal was given by the opposition coach as referee made it 5-2 and changed the emphasis of the game and handed the momentum back to NSL. Kieran came on for Scott who was obviously frustrated and needed a break. The opposition pressed well and failure to defend forward saw two long range shots and another shot from a ridiculously tight angle saw NSL take the game away from Ramsbury with an unassailable 8-2. The opposition made their subs and brought on fresh legs and continued to press. Credit to Ramsbury that they held them off and the game finally ended 8-2, including the contested offside goal.
In sum, a heavy defeat for Ramsbury as they failed to do the basics well and played no where near their ability or as they have in previous games. We play NSL again at home next Sunday and will have to be much better to stand any chance of a result. On a positive note Noah was player of the match and Sam was awarded the moment of the match for his great header. Other notable performances were Reece and Seb and Maya who made 2 or 3 vital blocks to stop the score going into double figures and Alex for her excellent headers.
Lets pick ourselves up after this, put the game behind us and focus on the match next Sunday. Thanks as always to Geoff and Andy and to all parents, guardians and extended family members who provide brilliant 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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