Under 16 Team News

Ramsbury FC U16s 5-1 Wiltshire Cup win over Derry Hill FC U16s

Ramsbury FC U16s defeat Derry Hill FC U16s 5-1 in Wiltshire Cup match.


Team: Ben P, Josh, Kieran, Hayden, Seb, Joe, Oli, George, Noah, Fred (C), Euan. Subs: Reece, Byron, Maya, AJ and Ben W

4-2-3-1 Formation.

A relatively comfortable 5-1 win for Ramsbury FC U16s over a physical and competitive Derry Hill FC U16s side as both teams looked rusty after the enforced lay off due to lock down. It took about 15-20 minutes for both teams to settle down and see the tempo and quality of the game improve with too many errors and loose passing. Ramsbury did improve with some very good periods of passing with Joe and Oli at the centre of breaking down the opposition play and getting the ball to George who ran at the Derry Hill defence and caused panic with his direct approach. This nearly led to two early goals for Ramsbury as both Euan and George went very close to scoring and took an amazing save from the opposition keeper and some last ditch defending to keep the score 0-0. However, Ramsbury maintained the pressure and great work by Euan and Noah led to a great shot by George to make it 1-0 and not long after some solid defending by Josh and Hayden out to Kieran who then released Fred on the right to get a great ball into George to make it 2-0. Ramsbury were in cruise mode.

Geoff made changes to give everyone game time and this required the team to adjust quickly. However they didn’t and Derry Hill pressed forward and nearly scored twice if not for a great covering tackle by Seb, a block by Hayden and a very good save by Ben P in goal. The game became a little disjointed and the opposition upped the physicality to try and counter George in midfield. But this was matched by Ramsbury with Joe, Oli and Hayden making a succession of great tackles to regain the momentum; with Noah and Fred on each wing a constant threat. Both went so close to scoring and Fred nearly set up AJ to score with probably his first touch of the game after yet more great play by George! More heroic goalkeeping by the opposition keeper kept it at 2-0 until more sustained pressure by Noah and George saw the ball fall nicely to Noah who shot neatly to make it 3-0. The first half ended 3-0 with Ramsbury in control.

The second half saw all the remaining subs used and Ben P go up front with Noah in goal. As is usual with trying to get everyone game time it is difficult to maintain the momentum with so many changes. Ramsbury lost their shape and were too slow to win first and second balls and the opposition seized the initiative with a number of long balls over the defence. It was very effective and they went close a couple of times before scoring with a 40 yard cross / shot that took Noah by surprise and nestled into the top corner of the goal to make it 3-1.

Ramsbury didn’t panic but were slow to adjust and made a number of unforced errors that on another day could have cost them more. Maya stuck to her task and played very well in the centre of midfield and was calm and collected with some wonderfully smart passes and great footwork; Ben W at left back was up against a very feisty winger and she did turn him inside out a few times, but he stuck to his task and defended well. Byron was so tenacious in the CDM role and worked very hard to regain the midfield superiority with his new go-faster haircut; and Reece zipped about on the left and got the ball moving much more quickly to regain the upper hand. Ramsbury slowly but surely started to regain the momentum.

Ben P was so unlucky not to score as he hit the post when through on goal and Joe Bates back after a rest also went close as Ramsbury pushed for a fourth goal. With a few more changes it was Fred back on for AJ who clinched the fourth goal after great work by Kieran to clear out of defence to Reece who got the ball forward to Ben P and with some great footwork got the ball to Fred who turned and shot to make it 4-1. It was a very well worked team goal and much more like the first half.

As the opposition tired Geoff brought George, Euan and Oli back on with and they made all the difference as they provided greater energy and physicality. And it was a great ball out of midfield by Oli to Euan and Ben P that saw them set up George to score his hat trick and make it 5-1 and ensure the win. The game stayed 5-1 and Ramsbury progress to the next round.

Moment of the Match went to George for his third goal and hat trick and Player of the Match went to Kieran for a composed and accomplished performance in defence. Well done.

Well done also to Liam and Owen who came to support the team (well done boys!) and to all parents and guardians who supported the team and braved the damp and cold.

Training on Wednesday in the MUGA at Ramsbury and Saturday on the pitch in Aldbourne as per SPOND.

See you then

Geoff, Andy and Jon



Ramsbury FC U16s 11-0 Bradford Town FC U16s

Ramsbury FC U16s 11-0 Bradford Town FC U16s

Ramsbury FC U16s record another convincing 11-0 win in their demolition of Bradford Town FC U16s. 


Team: Noah (GK), Kieran, Josh, Hayden, Reece, Fred (Capt), Byron, Joe, Liam, George, Ben P. Subs: Euan, Maya, AJ, Seb, Barney

This was another convincing win against a well organised Bradford FC U16s side who up until the loss today were top of the league. Ramsbury started brightly but struggled for the first 15 minutes to find any rhythm and were slow to win the ball and not quick or accurate enough with their passing. However, they were without doubt the stronger and fitter team and Fred on the right made some great runs  and some great crosses that saw Ben P go so close to scoring. And it was the same combination after a great ball by Kieran on the right that saw Fred nutmeg the left back and put in a superb ball to Ben P at the back post to open the scoring with a well timed volley and make it 1-0.

Ramsbury were still a little sluggish but were committed with some excellent tackles by Joe and Byron as the CDM pairing and their break up play released George to pass to Fred and set up Ben P with a well timed shot to make it 2-0. The second goal seemed to liven Ramsbury up and especially Reece on the left who was turning the Bradford defence inside out and he combined really well with Hayden at left back to recycle the ball to Liam and his sublime cross field ball to Fred saw him cross back again to Euan to score a fantastic team goal and make it 3-0. Euan had not been on long for Byron and it is great that the squad has real depth and quality in the squad. See the source image

Josh at the back and Noah in goal did well to keep their concentration as Bradford managed to get a rare opportunity in on goal but to only manage a weak shot that Noah easily saved. A great punt by Noah caused panic in the Bradford defence and a lovely flick on by Fred saw Ben P calmly slot the ball calmly into the net to make it 4-0 and see Ben P get a deserved hat trick. Ramsbury were relentless in their attack with Liam, Euan and George all going close and a succession of corners should have seen another goal. But Fred was not to be denied a goal and more excellent work by Joe and Euan and George and Liam in midfield caused more panic in the opposition defence and a deliberate hand ball led to a penalty which Fred duly converted to make it 5-0.

With the opposition heads dropping Jon deputising for Geoff who was away for the day made a raft of changes and brought on Maya into midfield, Seb at left back, Barney for Fred on the right and AJ for Reece on the left and Byron back on for Joe in the CDM role to play out the last 10 minutes. Even with so many changes Ramsbury looked good in possession and Noah and our back 3 were rarely troubled and continued to dominate the game.

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The second half saw the same team that finished the first half other than Ben P in goal for Noah who went on to the left wing and AJ move to centre forward. The effect was startling as Noah attacking on the left linked so well with Liam and George and AJ up front and decimated the Bradford defence with Noah scoring 2 superb goals in the first 5 minutes with his power and pace too much for the Bradford defence.

At 7-0 Ramsbury were coasting and played some great football with quick accurate passing. Maya was at the centre of most things and her touch and short passing game superb! Liam and George were everywhere in the midfield and made it look like Ramsbury were playing with extra players; and after a succession of corners a stunning corner by Byron found Liam who expertly smashed it into the goal with an unstoppable volley. It was fantastic technique and rightly earned him moment of the match and made the score 8-0. It was then very quickly 9-0 as Barney on the right (a late replacement for Jez) skipped around 2 Bradford defenders and made a wonderful cross that was inches from being converted by George. But the ninth goal did finally come with Noah getting his hat trick after a great clearance by Joe to George who flicked onto Noah and his pace and shot was too much for the Bradford keeper and made the score 9-0. See the source image

It was nearly 10-0 as both George and AJ rattled the cross bar with long range spectacular shots, but it was Fred back on for Barney who took no time to make it 10-0 with both George and Euan going close with blocked shots and Fred was there in the right place at the right time to slot the ball into the net.

More substitutions were made but it made no difference as Liam set up Noah to score his fourth goal and make it 11-0 and very soon the referee thankfully blew the whistle as the opposition had totally given up. Although the game was stopped a bit early, as per last week, it was the right thing to do as the aim is not to humiliate the opposition but to defeat them and that had already been achieved and the team talk discussed this at the end of the game. Player of the match was also discussed and unanimously awarded to George for his end to end play, tackling and midfield dominance – his display was outstanding! Well done.

In sum, another confident and committed performance by the whole team and with strong individual performances by all players. The team continue to improve and have shown that they are definitely a team who will battle and compete against any team. They will need to do this as the next game is a friendly match against Royal Wootton Bassett U16s at home next Sunday and this will be a much harder test for the squad.

Training midweek on Wed 6.30-7.30 for fitness and close game skills and then Sat 1000-1130 for pre-match skills and tactics sessions. Please respond on SPOND and thanks as always for your support.


Jon, Andy and Geoff

Ramsbury FC U16s 11-0 Bradford Town FC U16s

Ramsbury FC U16s ruthless in 11-0 win over Chippenham Town FC U16s

Ramsbury FC U16s started their 2020-201 season in the Mid Wilts Youth League with a thoroughly commanding 11-0 win against Chippenham Town FC U16s. The formation for the match was 3-2-4-1 and the team: Noah in goal; Josh, Hayden and Kieran in defence; Oli and Liam as CDMs; George and Euan as CAMs; Fred on the right and Reece on the left with Ben P up front. Fred was Captain and subs were Owen, Barney, AJ, Jez and Ben B.

The manner of the win today was hugely impressive with 7 different scorers and all 16 players getting plenty of game time and playing in a number of different positions. It was the best football the team have played so far and all coaches were suitably impressed!

The first half was all Ramsbury as they were quicker to the ball, more organised and played some quick passing football. They should have been 2-0 up in just the first 5 minutes with narrow misses by Fred and Ben P, but excellent play by Fred and George saw Euan get the first goal with a clinical near post shot. Minutes later Euan repaid the assist by helping Fred to a goal to make it 2-0 and very soon after it was 3-0 as more break up play by Oli and Liam released George to set up Fred to get his second with a well time low drive. Chippenham were on the back foot and rarely threatened Noah in goal with Josh and Kieran superbly composed in defence and Hayden showing great skill and link up play with Reece to keep the pressure on. Fred then turned provider with a stunning pass to Ben P who headed into the goal to make it 4-0 and then Fred scored his hat trick with yet more pressure from Liam and Oli who were dominant as CDMs to release George and Ben P to clip the ball to the right and see Fred score his third and make it 5-0. Fred and George went off for a rest and Jez and Barney came on and slotted neatly into the middle and on the right. The game settled a little as Chippenham tried really hard to get forward but to only hit a blue wall of defence as Ramsbury kept their shape and discipline. Liam then scored direct from his sublime corner to make it 6-0 and Chippenham were relieved when the whistle blew for half time! Superb from Ramsbury and woeful from Chippenham.

See the source image The Second half saw Ben P in goal for Noah who went out onto the left wing; Owen on for Reece and AJ on for George and Ben B on for Hayden which gave all subs valuable game time.

The team didn’t relent and within minutes Noah had gone close with a superb run down the left and powerful shot; and the resulting corner by Jez was perfect as Noah then headed in to make it 7-0. Ramsbury continued to dominate with Liam and Oli so solid in midfield and Kieran, Josh and Ben making calm and effective clearances as Chippenham tried to press for a goal. But more excellent work by the Ramsbury Midfield saw the ball get to Fred who calmly took one step to the left and slotted in to get his 4th goal and make it 8-0. Ramsbury continued to press and Barney nearly scored with a header before making sure with a superb strike after a sublime cross by Noah to make it 9-0. Not to be outdone, AJ then scored from 25 yards with a tremendous shot from distance to loft it over the Chippenham keeper and make it 10-0.

Geoff made a few changes and put a number of players out of position with Josh on the right wing and George at centre half and Reece at left back and rested both Fred and Liam. It made no difference as Ramsbury continue to click and a great run and even better pinpoint cross by Barney to Euan who arriving late at the far post thundered home his second goal to make it 11-0. It was a fitting end to the game as Euan got the first and last goals and Barney’s cross earned him moment of the match. Fred fully deserved getting player of the match for his 4 goals and an assist, but it was a superb overall team performance and all players were positive, up for it and played like a great team. Great to see.

Thanks for all your support and braving the rain and see you all for training next Saturday and another home match v Bradford Town FC U16s on Sunday @ 2pm.

Jon, Geoff and Andy



Ramsbury FC U16s win 9-2 against Devizes Town FC U16s

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.

Match Report

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 win 9-0 against Grove Challengers FC U16s

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


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