Under 17 Team News
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!
Ramsbury FC U17s defeat Devizes Town FC U17s 5-3 in a feisty pre-season match at the Recreation Ground.
Team: Tom (GK), Josh, Jai (C), Owen, Kieran, Liam, Reece, George, Noah, Euan, Ben P. Subs: Fred, Ben W, Seb, Byron
With a decent crowd and great playing conditions and weather, Ramsbury took on Devizes Town FC U17s at the Recreation Ground. The first half was a feisty affair with both teams committed to the tackle and pressing well. Devizes were a bit more disciplined and this paid off as they pounced on some loose play to nick in and score to make it 1-0.
This sparked Ramsbury into life and a great cross by Liam saw Noah score a fine header to make it 1-1. Devizes kept their pressing game and went very close with a long range effort that Tom saved onto the bar and minutes later saw a speculative shot nick the post. It was end to end as both teams pushed to gain the advantage.
Although both teams were a bit rusty, Ramsbury midfield was working well with great interplay between Kieran, Reece and Liam who constantly provided Noah, George, Ben P and Fred with excellent service and had Devizes on the back foot.
Seb, Byron, Ben W and Fred came on as the subs were eased into the game and Ben W and Byron made an instant impact and increased the tempo of the game. Fred used his pace to good effect and took no time to score a neat goal to make it 2-1 and see Ramsbury go in at half time a goal up.
The only down side was some poor discipline by both teams in the first half and with a league referee there would have undoubtedly been a couple of bookings or sin bins! Not great to see.
The second half, thankfully, was better with both teams settling and playing better passing football. Devizes kept their pressing game up, but Jai at the centre of the back three with Josh and Seb, on for Owen, dealt with numerous attacks and Ramsbury looked dangerous on the break with Noah and George and Ben P.
However, a bundled in corner by an unknown body part by Josh and goal direct form a corner by Liam saw Ramsbury go 4-1 up in an excellent 10 minutes of sustained pressure and quality football. This sparked Devizes into action and they upped their game and scored with a great counter attack shortly after to make it 4-2. They also went close twice later as Ramsbury looked a bit ragged and had the cross bar to thank after another long range effort went close.
Devizes pressed again and a neat ball over the top resulted in a late tackle by Jai and then again by Liam that saw Devizes awarded a clear penalty. Tom produced not one but two worldy saves to prevent the penalty being converted and keep the score at 4-2 and a two goal cushion for Ramsbury.
Ramsbury’s counter attack was still dangerous and a superb through ball by Liam saw Fred nearly score but only for a last ditch tackle by Devizes to keep the score at 4-2. But minutes later a superb pass by George saw Fred smash in a superb shot in off the cross bar to make it 5-2 and effectively seal the game. All credit to Devizes as they did not stop and kept going; and some great interlinking play by their forwards minutes later saw them grab a late deserved consolation goal to make it 5-3. The game ended shortly after with a hard fought win by Ramsbury and both teams exhausted after 90 minutes of end to end entertaining football!
Player of the Match was Kieran for his all round play and Moment of the Match was Tom’s penalty save!
Next up is another HOME pre-season match v Abbeymeads FC U17s on Thursday 2nd September. 6pm for a 6.30pm kick off
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 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.
Under 17 Team
Practice Times: Saturday
Match Days: Sunday
Coach: Geoff Pratt
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