Under 16 Team News
Ramsbury FC is proud to announce that it has met all the criteria to be affiliated with the Wilts FA and respective leagues for the 2021/2022 Season and has players registered for the following teams: U7, U8, two U9 teams, U10, U11, U12, U13 (no U14 or U15 teams), U16, U17 and a men’s senior team. It has been a huge effort and great to see training re-start before the season commences on 5 Sep 21.
Ramsbury FC consists of 10 youth teams, a large U6 development squad and a senior men’s team in a family friendly and Chartered Standard grass roots football club nestled in the Kennet Valley.
All teams have numerous qualified coaches and our subscription costs are the lowest in the County if not the South of England and designed that way to encourage all levels of player to be able to participate including reduced training only fees. We have an excellent Club web site and all coaches are encouraged to use WhatsApp and SPOND for effective communication.
For a village club the facilities are outstanding with a fully refurbished Clubhouse, a floodlit all weather pitch for small sided games and training and a range of well-managed and cared for pitches. We are well known for fair play and our blue and white team colours and you cannot miss our excellent Clubhouse sign.
Last season we teamed up with Pendle Sports to provide quality kit.
If you are interested in joining a progressive and family friendly club, where our ethos is football should be fun, then please contact us through our club web site.
Jon Symon, Club Secretary
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 FC U16s defeat Abbeymeads FC U16s 4-2 as Team Captain signs off in STYLE!
A drizzly Sunday morning saw Ramsbury FC U16s play Abbeymeads FC U16s from the NWYFL Div 2.
With a few new additions to the squad trialling today, this was our Captain Joe Bates last game for us before leaving for the USA, so we all wanted to send him off in style with a good display, As Joe isn’t going to be around for the end of season awards, Andy presented Joe with a branded RFC rain jacket to remember us by and we awarded Joe with The Leadership award for outstanding positivity and leadership on and off the pitch.
Starting line up was Tom in goal, back 3 of Kieran, Josh, Owen, CDM’s Joe and Oli, Midfield Fred, Byron, Liam and Noah, Ben P as lone striker. Subs, AJ, Emil, Reece, Barney, Jai, Oli B.
From the kickoff it was an end to end first 5 minutes with both teams testing each other’s defences, but Ramsbury settled first and started to dominate play and possession, starting to ask questions of the oppositions defence. And it was a quality pass from Oli in midfield that split the Abbey Meads defence straight into Fred’s path with a great first touch then lifting it over the keeper and into the net despite 2 defenders trying to clear it off the line, 1-0 Ramsbury. Goal 2 came from Joe picking up the ball in midfield and driving at the opposition, as they backed off Joe took aim and smashed home a thunderbolt into the top left corner from outside the area. With Ramsbury controlling the midfield putting pressure on the Abbey Meads defence, this resulted in a string of corners and from one of these our 3rd goal came, Ben P lurking at the back post struck home a left footed half volley after Abbey Meads, could not clear. With this 3-0 up substitutions were made bringing on Jai, Oli B, Barney Reece, AJ and Emil had come on earlier for the injured Liam.
Second half Abbey Meads came out with a renewed determination to get back into the match and for long periods of the second half it was a 50/50 game, but Abbey Meads got their goal with a good, lofted shot over Tom into the far corner. During the second half one of the Abbey Meads players went down after a innocuous coming together, the player left the field and off to hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder, I have heard from the Coach Paul and the player has broken his collarbone, so we wish him a speedy recovery from all at Ramsbury u16s. Noah went on a determined run into the left side of the box riding 2 challenges before being fouled, penalty. Kieran stepped up to take it a tucked it away into the left-hand side of the goal and was mobbed by his teammates. 4-1 with 1 minute to go, Abbey Meads went long wining a freekick down by the corner flag, from the freekick they scored with a close-range effort at the near post. Final score 4-2 Ramsbury.
A great result and a tough physical, competitive match; moment of the match goes to Joe for his great goal, and player of the match goes to Reece, tenacious and won everything in the air!!!, well done BIG MAN. We say farewell to Joe and we all wish him well in his returned ventures in the USA…..wear that top with pride!
As always thanks to the parents for their support. Geoff and Andy.
U16 Red Division Champions and Undefeated: Ramsbury FC U16 defeat Bradford Town FC U16s Lions 8-1 with emphatic away win!
On a quite frankly shocking day of rain, Ramsbury FC U16s put in a team performance to keep our hearts warmed on the side lines even if nothing else was warm. Whilst wearing the fabulous new white away kit, kindly donated by our club sponsors Ergo Plus Facilities Ltd, the Division title was ours no matter what the score. But could we make it even better and be undefeated for the season? Yes, we could and an 8-1 victory not only saw Ramsbury win the league, but also remain undefeated. What an amazing achievement for the team who have played brilliant football all season.
With the splendour of our new away kit, it can be certainly said that we “Dazzled” the opposition, though after the game I’m sure the Daz will be needed again in future matches (inside out and 30 degrees, no fabric softner!) Due to the sodden notebook and/or one too many sloe gins on the side lines the actual match report will just consist of goals scored as below:
1 – Ben P assisted by George, with a great through pass and good finish. 2 – Liam assisted by Fred, with a delightful flick over the defensive and tucked away with ease. 3 – George assisted by Byron, again great team movement and defence splitting pass. 4 – Liam assisted by Fred, with a fine cross and well finished. 5 – George, he assisted himself and finished with a clinical shot. 6 – Euan, great shot from the top of the box, struck well and with authority, great finish. 7 – Fred, finishing after a great pass and taking on defenders, leaving him to dink the ball over the keeper. 8 – Ben B – blinding shot from outside the box, which was a true Worldy and a worthy winner of moment of the match. A goal that I’m sure will get better and better when Ben explains it! Top Bins was the outcome….and what a strike.
As always, the defence worked tirelessly to keep the ball moving through the field allowing the attackers to do what they do best. Resulting in Kieran being awarded Player of the Match for his consistent stellar performance. All the squad played their part today as we rotated and gave game time to everyone, who contributed their individual part in the game, so well-done Noah, Ben P, Liam, Owen, Kieran, Reece, Euan, George, Joe, Oli, Josh, Barney, Byron, Ben B and Fred We look forward to the start of the next season which thankfully is quite a few weeks away giving us enough time to get the sparkly white away strip white again…training will continue, along with friendlies, tournaments, and the end of season rewards, so keep an eye on SPOND! Div Title Winner T-shirts have been ordered! Thanks everyone!
Geoff and Andy
Ramsbury FC U16s kept up their unbeaten run with a rampant 8 – 0 home win over Derry Hill FC U16s in blustery conditions.
Ramsbury U16s from the outset were quicker to the ball and scored a superb opening goal within 2 minutes as Fred skinned the Derry Hill left back and crossed for Euan to calmly nod home to make it 1-0. To their credit Derry Hill didn’t panic, but a robust shove on Noah in the box led to a penalty that was taken by Byron and saved by the keeper with Liam pouncing first to slot in the rebound to make it 2-0.
Ramsbury played some great football with Henry, Hayden and Kieran solid in defence and Oli and Joe (C) outstanding as the CDMs. It allowed Byron and Liam to attack at will and get the ball out to Noah and Fred who were relentless down the wings. A superb cross by Noah saw Fred nod in to make it 3-0 and then Joe bundled in another to make it 4-0 after superb work by Liam just before half time and shortly after the opposition keeper was sin binned for dissent. A fiery end to a superb first half.
Derry Hill were much better for 20 minutes in the second half and forcing Noah in goal for Ben P into making some top draw saves. But it didn’t last as Ben P and Liam added two more goals to make it 6-0 and see Ramsbury take control. Fred cam back on and added a seventh goal of cheeky brilliance going past 3 defenders and riding two certain fouls to stay on his feet and calmly round the keeper and pass the ball into the empty net. Pure brilliance and his display earned him man of the match!
Geoff made a string of substitutions that saw Owen, Reece, Ben W, Seb and AJ all com on and AJ made a real impact on receiving a defence splitting pass to run through and smash in a thunderbolt of a shot to give the keeper no chance and make it 8-0.
There were more chances but it remained 8-0 at the final whistle and the win secured the Mid Wilts U16s Red Division title for Ramsbury at their first attempt. An amazing achievement by all and fully deserved. Byron earned moment of the match for any one of his superb passes through the Derry Hill defence – well done!
A brilliant day for the squad and great to see those not selected for the game turn up and support the team, Finally, amazing support from all parents and a great achievement by coaches Andy and Geoff!
Under 16 Team
Practice Times: Saturdays
Match Days: Sundays
Coach: Mark Savoury
Contact: 07971 002 964