Under 16 Team News
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!
Team: Noah, Hayden, Henry, Josh, Joe(C), Oli, George, Ben W, Fred, AJ, Ben P. Subs: Barney, Seb, Byron, Liam and Jez
A battling display by Ramsbury FC U16s over a tough and organised Melksham FC U16s saw the U16s remain undefeated with a gritty 3-2 home win.
It looked like plain sailing early on as Fred, Ben P and AJ all scored excellent goals in the first half and saw Ramsbury U16s finish the first half 3-0.
But after a re-shuffle at half time and a few substitutions, Ramsbury FC were put on the back foot as Melksham played higher up the pitch and dominated play. Ramsbury U16s struggled to get out of their half and a long range punt saw a well placed header defeat Ben P in goal to make it 3-1.
Ramsbury U16s looked out of sorts and much less organised and some calamitous defending from a Melksham set piece saw Ramsbury concede again to make it 3-2 and the game very much back in the balance.
However, Ramsbury U16s reorganised well and nearly restored a 2 goal advantage as both Noah and then Liam went close. It was end to end stuff with Melksham pressing for an equalizer, but Ramsbury U16s weathered the storm and for the last quarter regained their composure to see the game out and earn a gritty 3-2 win.
Some great defensive performances by Henry, Hayden and Oli and Byron in midfield and the U16s remain undefeated and on top of the Division. A win against Derry Hill FC U16s at home next Sunday will seal the title for Ramsbury U16s and crown them champions! No pressure then!!!
Ramsbury FC U16s won an important away match against a committed and physical Melksham Town FC U15s team who in second place needed to win to have any chance of winning the Division.
In blustery conditions, but on a very good pitch, and in bright sunshine, Ramsbury were nearly caught out with an early counter attack by Melksham and would have been 1-0 up if it were not for a fine save from Ben P in goal. At the other end Fred went ridiculously close and should have scored as Ramsbury and Melksham went toe to toe in a very open and entertaining game.
Noah eventually opened the scoring with a brilliantly worked goal to see Ramsbury go 1-0, but the lead didn’t last long as Melksham scored a thundering header from a corner to make it 1-1.
Ramsbury upped the tempo and saw Fred go close twice before Noah crossed for George to slot home a calm and accomplished shot to make it 2-1 and see Ramsbury regain the lead.
Some of the refereeing and linesman decisions were hard to decipher at times and what looked like a great goal by Euan was ruled offside and then a similar decision went against Melksham as both teams had goals cancelled. No complaining though and both teams just got on with it.
The first half was end to end stuff with Joe, Byron and Oli bossing the midfield and George, Noah and Fred a constant threat. Geoff got AJ and Owen into the action and the pressure was all on Melksham and the constant wave of Ramsbury attacks resulted in a second goal for Noah and saw Ramsbury go 3-1 up. It stayed this way until half time.
The second half saw Noah go in goal and Ben P go up front and Geoff make numerous changes with Seb, Barney and Jez coming on. But it was all about the two defences as both teams went toe to toe again with chances at both ends denied by good goal keeping and defending. Josh, Kieran and Hayden had strong games and Joe as Captain and Oli filled in at the back when needed. All subs contributed well but neither team could get a goal and the closest was Fred with a great shot that hit the cross bar.
It stayed 3-1 at the end of the game with no goals in the second half and the only drama was a great goal scored by Fred cancelled out because it hit the referee on the way in and then Fred being sin- binned for the final 10 minutes as he temporarily lost his cool. That said, Ramsbury remain in pole position and the team to beat.
A great game by both teams who both go again as they play the return fixture at Ramsbury next Sunday.
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