Under 17 Team News
A tough match against the league leaders saw Ramsbury FC U17s put in a spirited performance against a quality Bradford Town FC U18s side.
Bradford dominated the first 20 minutes and deserved their 1-0 lead, but a late conceded goal in the first half from a corner resulted in a 2-0 deficit at half time that did not reflect the game as Ramsbury FC had battled back into contention.
Ramsbury FC U17s had a penalty decision go against them, which was hard to swallow, and this change the demeanour of the game as Bradford took advantage and scored again to make it 3-0.
A tough game and Ramsbury FC U17s can hold their heads up as the 3-0 score line did not reflect a much closer game.
Well done to all involved.
Ramsbury FC U17s win 4-2 away against Frome United FC U17s!
After losing a very close cup match away to Melksham FC U17s 2-3, Ramsbury FC U17s bounced back with a superb 4-2 away league win against Frome United FC U17s.
Leading 2-1 at half time Ramsbury kept up the pressure in the second half and secured a well deserved 4-2 away win.
A brace of goals from Ollie Boswell and a goal from Ben Pratt and an own goal, claimed by Freddie Knowles as his!, accounted for the Ramsbury goals, but it was the overall excellent team performance that delighted coaches Andy Knowles and Geoff Pratt.
Next up Bath FC U17s at home on Sunday 12 Dec 21 – so fingers crossed the forecast for rain all week is wrong.
Well done to all involved – great result!
Ramsbury FC U17s lose 3-1 against tough Melksham U17s side.
Although Ramsbury suffered a 3-1 loss to a well organised and talented Melksham FC U17s side, it was much closer than the score line would suggest.
Ramsbury dominated the opening play and should have had a couple of early goals. Melksham upped their play and went close but for some superb saves by Tom Mundy in goal and it was Ramsbury who took the lead with an absolute screamer of a shot by Noah Greenway on the left wing into the top right corner to make it 1-0.
An unfortunate own goal by Reece O’Neill made it 1-1 after sustained Melksham pressure and it was 1-1 at half time.
The second half saw Melksham score a very flukey second goal and then a third well worked goal to go 3-1 up. Ramsbury should have scored at least two of more of their chances to even things up, but it was not to be as they were reduced to 10 men for the final 10 minutes and the result stayed 3-1.
Player of the match was George Gibbins for his unrelenting display in midfield with moment of the match going to Tom Mundy for numerous top class saves.
A great performance by all the team that deserved more. A break for 2 weeks then its tough cup and league games against Chippenham Town FC U18s!
Ramsbury FC U17s travelled to Trowbridge FC to play a tough game against second in the table.
Ramsbury FC lost 3-1 against a tough Trowbridge FC side, although the score line flattered the opposition somewhat. It was only 1-0 at half time as Trowbridge scored a superb solo strike that Tom in goal could do nothing about.
It should have been 1-1 at half time as Noah had scored an excellent goal that was clearly onside. but deemed not to be. A blow to the team, but they kept their heads and continued to put in a superb shift.
Trowbridge continued to play very physically and scored two further goals as the injuries mounted and Ramsbury tired. However, they never gave up and George scored a superb goal to make it 3-1 and show excellent Ramsbury team spirit! It ended 3-1 to Trowbridge.
An excellent team performance considering the team are playing Div 1 opposition from much bigger Clubs since Mil Wilts inexplicably moved Ramsbury from Div 3 to Div 1 The team are growing in confidence and their performances reflect this and importantly they are giving every team a tough game. Well done!
Melksham Town FC U17s at home next and another tough challenge.
Ramsbury FC U17s win epic Cup Match against Marlborough Town U17s/U18s
Team: Tom (GK), Owen, Jai (C), Josh, Kieran, Euan, Fred, Noah, George, Byron, Ben P. Subs: Ben W, Evan, Seb, Reece, Henry
A busy weekend for Ramsbury FC that saw a host of games played at the Recreation Ground with a depleted Seniors side narrowly losing 3-2 against Cricklade FC and the U16s outclassing a visiting Shrivenham Town FC U16s team with a classy 9-1 win.
However, the game of the weekend was without doubt the U17s 3-2 cup win against a Marlborough Town FC U17s/U18s side that was packed with incident and goals and in front of a decent crowd.
It was all Ramsbury at first with MYFC on the back foot as Ramsbury pressed high and attacked well using their width and pace to good effect and Ben P going close more than once. Noah and Fred were causing panic on the flanks and George, Euan and Byron winning the first and second balls in midfield. However, it was MYFC who scored first against the run of play and this rocked Ramsbury a bit and after a scrappy 15 minutes or so they were calmed by a superb pass by Evan and equally superb finish by Noah to make it 1-1. It stayed 1-1 until half time.
The second half was a bit more feisty as both sides pressed for the advantage and MYFC scored a scrappy goal from a disputed corner given against Ramsbury by the Ref who over-ruled the Linesman. MYFC with a 2-1 advantage took a more defensive stance and were set on just defending and countering with fast breaks. Ramsbury stuck to the game plan and Geoff rotated the subs well and to good effect. Fred who was back on the right wing scored an absolute stunning goal to make it 2-2 with 15 minutes to go and it was game on!
The game became a bit ragged and frenetic with George, Euan and Reece in the thick of the midfield battles and the defence led by Jai as Captain and with Kieran, Josh and Henry resolute in protecting Tom in goal from constant MYFC attacks. It was end to end stuff!
A clear penalty for Ramsbury was not given for a blatant push in the back by the Referee who I can only think was unsighted and Jai who took exception to the decision was shown a yellow card and sin-binned for dissent. This left Ramsbury with 10 players for the last 5 minutes or so and MYFC took advantage of the extra player and attacked, attacked and attacked as they dominated possession.
But Josh filling in for Jai, along with Kieran, Seb and Henry would not yield and defended brilliantly; and Josh especially so which earned him Player of the Match! Well done Josh.
What happened next was awesome. George, who had the Captain’s arm band from Jai, helped the defence clear their lines time and time again and eventually got the ball out to Kieran and onto Reece then up to Fred on the right wing. Fred with the aid of a slightly lucky deflection got past the MYFC defence and struck in a low powerful shot from an acute angle to give the MYFC keeper no chance and make the score 3-2 and earn himself, quite rightly, moment of the match. The whole Ramsbury team went wild as the advantage switched back to the 10 players of Ramsbury with only 2 minutes left on the clock!
Credit to MYFC as they kept going and in the dying seconds hit the crossbar with a great free kick. But it was Ramsbury FC U17s who held on to record a memorable cup win over MYFC and see them progress to the next round.
Well done to the whole team for a never give up display, for playing as team and for giving your all. I was great to see.
Jon, Andy and Geoff
See you all at training on Tuesday!
Under 17 Team
Practice Times: Saturday
Match Days: Sunday
Coach: Geoff Pratt
Contact: 07587 154 501
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