Under 16 Team News
Wow! What a win! 9-2 against Devizes Town FC U16s who are without doubt a hard physical and very technically capable team playing at least one division above us in Mid Wilts. It was a great game and Andy, Geoff (absent on birthday duty with his youngest) and I are very proud of the team and not because of the result, but, importantly, because of their attitude, belief and never give up mentality. It was their best game I have seen to date and fitting they did it on my last outing as team coach. Thanks one and all as it was a brilliant way to conclude my coaching time and with a really superb bunch of players and a great set of supporters.
Ramsbury stuck with the team’s preferred formation of 3-2-4-1 with Noah in goal; Kieran at right back, Josh (Captain) in the middle and Seb on the left; Oli and Joe as the two CDMs and George and Euan as CAMs, Fred wide right, Reece left and Liam as centre forward. The subs were Seb, Byron, Ben B and AJ.
From the outset Ramsbury attacked with pace and within the second minute Fred had scored with a great ball from Liam to make it 1-0. The opposition countered but Ramsbury kept their shape and Kieran and Josh made some excellent clearances to Reece and Fred on the flanks and George and Liam in the middle were causing panic in the opposition defence. Ramsbury pressed well and the pressure worked with a great ball provided by George after superb work by Joe and Oli set up Liam to make it 2-0.
However, Ramsbury started to lose their concentration and shape and too many gaps appeared in midfield and Devizes capitalised on a rare mistake by Seb to pounce on a loose ball and score when we should have cleared to make it 2-1. This energised Devizes who were stronger and quicker to the ball and muscled us out of the game for about 10 minutes or so as we failed to clear out of defence. And it was a speculative shot or cross that was allowed to be fired in and went straight into the top right hand corner of the goal to give Noah no chance that made it 2-2. With the game at 2-2 Devizes start to boss the game and Ramsbury were chasing shadows as they lost composure and their shape and allowed the opposition to dictate the game and get under the Ramsbury players skin with some off the ball antics that the young referee did not deal with very well – the lesson here is keep your cool and focus on the game and what needs doing!
Ben came on for Seb and Byron for Euan and this settled things down a bit and for the remainder of the first half it was fairly even with Liam and George both going close to grabbing a third just before half time. It stayed 2-2 and both teams deserved a break in the searing heat.
The game did not feel like a friendly but more like a cup match with the pace frenetic and the tackles flying. But Ramsbury upped the tempo and focussed more in the second half and within 10 minutes Fred had assisted George for his second goal and then Reece passed a wonderful pass to George for him to assist Liam to score to make it 4-2. The opposition were reeling and started to lose control and resorted to some frantic late tackles and poor behaviour, which was a shame. What was great to see was Ramsbury not lose their cool and instead apply more pressure, compete more in midfield and play better football. It was this that saw Fred score his second goal after more great work by George and Byron combining in midfield to make it 5-2 and then a sublime pass by Ben B out of defence saw Liam latch onto the pass with great speed and strength to muscle past the Devizes defence and score a cracking low shot to give the Devizes keeper no chance and make it 6-2 and no way back for Devizes.
Although the goals were flowing and Ramsbury were running rampant, it was the no nonsense performances by Joe and Oli as CDMs and Kieran in defence with winning headers and making tackles that made the difference; and combined with the whirling dervish that was Reece, who was every where, were the factors that turned the game to see Ramsbury so dominant. Josh as Captain had a much better second half and was awesome in defence once he stuck to his task in managing the centre of defence; and so was Seb, when he came back on and indeed Euan who was refreshed after a spot on the bench and looked like a different player and was so unlucky not to score to make it 7-2. Instead it was George who scored with a well taken penalty to grab his hat trick as Devizes lost their cool in the penalty area and soon after Liam grabbed his hat trick with a superb Byron corner that he met to power his well timed header into the top right hand corner and make it a 8-2 and a complete rout.
Joe, Reece and Ben B came off for well-earned rests as the game was all but done. But Ramsbury were not done yet and Fred and George went close again until constant pressure saw the ball fall to AJ who untangled his feet to chip a delightful shot into the top left hand corner of the goal and make it 9-2. The ref finally put Devizes out of their misery and blew the whistle to see Ramsbury deserve a fully deserved 9-2 win over a top quality side. Brilliant to see and delighted for every player on the park who gave their all. Great hat tricks for George and Liam, an impressive brace for Fred, but moment of the match goes to AJ for his excellent goal…..you know you can do it AJ! Player(s) of the match went jointly to Reece and Kieran and Geoff and Andy and have without doubt got their first choice right back in Kieran – well played both!
Finally, great to see Barney come and support the team; great to see support from friends and family and great to see the unity of the team and battling for each other so well. Geoff missed a cracker but the boys will I m sure not let him and Andy down this season as the team start the season next weekend with an away game v Corsham FC U16s who are another tough team. Good luck and see you all at training next Saturday. Enjoy the week and the sun,
Jon, Andy and Geoff
Ramsbury FC U16s recorded their biggest pre-season win against Grove Challengers FC U16s from the South Oxfordshire Mail Youth League with an emphatic 9-0 score. It was a great team performance.
Playing their preferred 3-2-4-1 formation Geoff and Andy started with Noah in goal; a back 3 of Kieran, Josh (C) and Hayden, Joe and Oli as CDMs; a midfield 4 of Fred wide right, George and Euan as CAMs and AJ on the left leaving Ben P as the sole striker. Reece, Owen, Seb, Jez and Ben B were the subs. It was great that Byron (injured) came to watch and we wish Barney well who is also out injured.
The first 20 minutes were very even with both teams nervously making unforced errors. Ramsbury started to use the width of the pitch better and went close with a superb pass by George to Fred that split the Grove defence and Fred was unlucky not to score. After some great play by Kieran in defence to Oli, who alongside Joe was making great intercepts and winning numerous first and second balls, Oli calmly set up Fred to score a superb shot into the top left hand corner to make it 1-0. The goals then flowed with George scoring two quick fire goals on his debut with some neat footwork and great turn of pace after superb midfield work again by Joe and Oli and Euan. Fred on the right was constantly pressing the Grove left back and it was Fred who scored another fine goal after superb defensive work by Hayden out to AJ on the wing managed to get the ball to Fred to make it 4-0 and see Grove chasing the game. Ben P worked tirelessly as the lone striker and went close a few times before some slick passing by Reece on the left for AJ back got the ball into the middle of the park to Jez and Euan to set up Fred for his hat trick and see Ramsbury lead 5-0 at half time. Grove were up against it!
Geoff and Andy rested George and Fred at half time put Seb on for Hayden at left back; brought AJ back on and brought on Owen at CDM with Ben B on coming on for Josh at centre half and Ben P remaining up front as the lone striker and Capt. What was good to see was Ramsbury keeping their shape and discipline as Grove made a number of changes to make a much more attacking formation. Grove used the long ball more over our defence and threatened to score and hit the post when through on goal and only some great blocks by Ben B and Seb and saves by Noah prevented Grove scoring.
Ramsbury kept at it and Jez inked up well with Joe and his fine pass to Euan saw him score an excellent goal to make it 6-0. Euan then turned provider with a superb corner for Joe to score a thundering header to make it 7-0 and the game was all but done. However, Ben P manage to get the better of the Grove defence and deserved to score after an excellent pass by Seb to make it 8-0 and although contested by the opposition linesman the goal stood. Ben P then went in goal for Noah who went onto the left wing and George and Fred came on again and Grove were really up against it with wave after wave of Ramsbury attacks with Noah, Euan, George, Fred and Jez all going close before Euan scored an absolute beauty of a goal after collecting the ball 25 yards out and curling a shot into the top left hand corner to make it 9-0. The game finished 9-0 with Fred winning moment of the match for the first goal of his hat trick (but Euan not far behind him with his 25 yard screamer!) and Oli was player of the match for a great assist and his overall measured play. Well done to both and well done to the whole squad for a very impressive performance.
Much tougher opposition next Sunday as we play Devizes Town U16s at HOME at 2PM. We will need to prepare on Saturday with training 1000-1130. Please get subs to Geoff so we are all paid up and keep looking and answering on SPOND. Cheers.
Have a great week and thanks for your support.
Jon, Geoff and Andy
Ramsbury FC U16s had their awards ceremony today for the 2019-2020 season that was cut short because of the COVID 19 pandemic.
After a fun 6 a side tournament the awards were presented by Geoff and Andy for last season and it was great to see Max Grainger back to receive his trophy and join in the fun. The team for this season also received their new strip courtesy of Karen and Arthur and ergo Facilities Management. Thank you as the kit looks great!
Top goal scorer was jointly held by Ben P and Noah, but went to Ben P for scoring more league goals. Well done Ben!
Most improved player went to Hayden and Managers Player to Ben B. Well done Hayden and Ben B!
The Players Player went to Noah and the Parents Player went to Reece. Well done to both!
It was a great day and thank you all for your continued support. All those that could not be there on the day do not worry as we have your trophies and Andy I am sure will give them to whoever the thinks deserves them. Well done Chair Andy!!
Jon, Geoff, Andy
PS thank you to all who helped with transport, food, drinks, photos and packing the kit away……it doesn’t happen without you!
A great friendly match tonight away to Ardington FC U16s who play in the South Oxford Mail League and who were a well organised and physical side. Although a 4-2 loss it did not fully reflect the match and there were more positives than negatives to take away as Geoff and Andy pointed out to the team.
The first half was dominated by Ramsbury who were quicker to the ball and a constant threat with Fred upfront and Reece and Noah playing wide right and wide left with Jez and Euan in the middle providing good support. It was a great cross by Noah to set up a simple tap in for Fred that gave Ramsbury a deserved 1-0 lead. However, this seemed to spark the opposition into life and they increased the tempo and put more pressure on Joe and Byron in their usual CDM roles and needed some brave defending from Hayden, Josh, who was Captain for the match, and Kieran playing out of his usual position as the right of he back three. This unsettled Ramsbury who lost their shape and discipline and struggled to compete at times and which led to the opposition scoring with a headed goal from a corner to make it 1-1. The game was a little to frantic with neither side settling and controlling the ball although both sides went very close to scoring a second. It remained 1-1 at half time with Ben P in goal making some very smart saves; with Josh and Kieran excellent at the back and Byron and Joe really solid as CDMs and Reece excellent on the right with great movement and passing. A really good half.
The second half saw Ben P replaced by Noah and Seb on for Hayden and AJ playing up front for Fred. The tempo increased again and the opposition were in control for sustained spells with some great battles between Kieran against the left wing and Seb against the right wing who had electric pace. However, a speculative cross caught Noah unawares and he could only parry the floated ball into the back of the net to make it 2-1. The opposition seized the momentum and played a number of high balls behind the defence for their wingers to run onto and which caused Josh and the defence problems and made it difficult to clear our lines. Owen came on and settled in really well and provided some good cover in defence and Liam came on and provided much needed physicality up front and was like a whirlwind and was so unlucky not to score to restore the balance with Euan and Fred both having chances saved by the excellent Ardington keeper who was well over 6ft tall! But it was Ardington who scored next with another great ball that split Seb and Josh in defence and the right winger used his pace to race through and make it 3-1. What was good to see was no negativity and to the contrary Ramsbury started to play football with Joe playing much deeper and mopping up the loose balls and Byron, Euan, AJ and Jez battling much better in the midfield. AJ’s running was electric on the left but his touch let him down when he got behind the opposition defence and excellent work by Reece saw Liam going close yet again with a goal line clearance. Moments later Liam rounded the keeper to only be fouled and earn a penalty. He duly scored and the game was brilliantly poised at 3-2 with 5 minutes left to play. The game looked likely to see a draw when some good play by Ardington resulted in a quick break on the left and although Ramsbury defended well the ball was sharply turned back towards goal and struck Hayden’s leg to ricochet into the net! It was a real blow as the Ramsbury fight back was in full flight and the goal served to settle a thoroughly entertaining match and see the match end 4-2 to the opposition.
Moment of the match went to Liam for his deserved penalty and player of the match went to Joe for his no nonsense approach and great positional play. Well done!
Training on Saturday 1000-1130 and please reply on SPOND and another friendly at HOME this time against Grove Challengers U16s from the South Oxford Mail League on Sun 6 Sep with a 1100 kick off.
Well done to all and also all parents and supporters as always.
Geoff, Andy and Jon
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
Under 16 Team
Coach: Geoff Pratt
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