Senior Team News
Jon Symon (Club Sec), Geoff Pratt (U16s Coach), Simon Bartholomew (U10s Coach) and Chris Roberts (Club Vice Chair and Senior Team Captain and Coach)
Ramsbury FC Coaches have a great night out at the Ramsbury and Aldbourne Invitation Bowls Night on Friday 4th June.
An invitation to compete in a fun Bowls Evening by the Ramsbury and Aldbourne Bowls Club Chair Bob Osmond saw Ramsbury FC enter a strong team.
Geoff Pratt and Si (Barty) Bartholomew were the stars of the team and looked like naturals with Barty coming 2nd overall and Geoff consistently in the top ten! Chris Roberts also put in some solid scores and Jon Symon tried hard, but showed better form at downing the Thatcher’s Cider on offer. Bowls is without doubt not his forte!
The team came a credible 4th behind the Fire Service, Golf Club and Tennis Club, with the only consolation being the overall winner Pete Wheeler is another Ramsbury FC Coach and ex-senior player…..but unfortunately for us was throwing woods for the Fire Service as he is also a retained Firefighter in the village!
Well done to Pete and Barty, but also to Martin and Bob and all at the Ramsbury and Aldbourne Bowls Club who organised a great night of entertainment and looked after us with great advice, patience and copious amounts of beer, cider and bacon butties!
I will definitely be up for another invitation night when it comes around again……as I really was poor and need the practice! Great community fun and an interesting game to play.
Ramsbury FC lost 6-2 at home to a strong Ashton Keynes FC side from the Premiership.
An understrength Ramsbury FC team, with many first team regulars missing or injured, had a solid first half as they put up good scrap and held Ashton Keynes FC 2-2 at half time.
The second half saw some great play by Ramsbury FC, but two quick goals saw the opposition race to a 4-2 lead and some unforced errors in strong winds saw the final score end up as 6-2 and a deserved win for the visitors. Leigh was man of the match for his outstanding running at right back and Proccy in goal was harshly awarded the shirt of shame for the calamitous 5th goal….although he should share it with the defence!
The game was played fairly and with good spirit throughout and the referee had a fine game with both sides needing subs as injuries prevailed. Not as easy game in testing conditions, but the pitch held up well and provided a decent playing surface.
Not the end of season game Ramsbury FC would have wanted, but the squad under Sean Eviil as coach has produced some fine results and beaten a number of premiership teams in the cup competition.
The focus will now be on rest and recuperation and the deserved end of season function on 5th June.
Great effort by all players and Sean as coach and it bodes well for next season!
Team: Geoff, Leigh, Chris (C), Will, Adam, Max, Charlie, Skips, Macca, Zac, Ali. Subs: Simon, Ash, Jon
On a near perfect day for football saw Ramsbury FC take on top Premiership side Blunsdon FC at home for a place in the play-offs.
Blunsdon dominated the early proceedings with their anticipated aggressive attacking style of play and quick counters. A rare slip by Will deputising at centre half instead of his usual CDM position allowed Blunsdon to capitalise and go 1-0 in the first 10 minutes. A second goal for Blunsdon came not long after as their striker got a glancing header ahead of Geoff from a set piece to make it 2-0 and see Blunsdon take control of the game.
But Ramsbury responded with their usual never say die attitude and the midfield of Charlie, Skips and Macca dominated and got the ball to Zac who turned the Blunsdon defence inside out and was only denied a certain goal by a top class save by the opposition keeper. Ramsbury kept at it and a superb ball by Zac on the right saw Ali clip a perfect chip past the keeper to make it 2-1. Ramsbury back in the match as the first half ended 2-1.
Blunsdon were clearly rattled and the match became a little ragged with a number of yellow cards for late challenges. Ramsbury kept the pressure up and a perfect ball over the opposition defence by Max who was terrorising the Blunsdon defence saw Ali run through and lob the keeper to make it 2-2. Game on.
The equalizing goal sparked Blunsdon into life and after a couple of substitutions they used the width of the pitch much better and with clever overlaps scored two quick goals to make it 4-2 and re-take control. Ramsbury adjusted with great leadership from Chris at the back and responded again. More great play by Leigh and Adam as wing backs saw the ball camped in Blunsdon’s half and a clear penalty saw Ali grab his hat trick as Ramsbury got back into the game at 4-3. It was end to end stuff with both teams going close and tempers fraying and the ref having to intervene more often. With both sides rattled it was Blunsdon who nicked the next goal to make it 5-3 and regain a two-goal advantage.
Unfortunately, Charlie received his second yellow card and Ramsbury went down to 10 men. With one less player Ramsbury upped the tempo, were disciplined and arguably played their best football with the opposition looking ragged. A brilliant free kick by Zac was spilled by the opposition keeper and Leigh charged in to smash home the rebound to make it 5-4 with 10 minutes to go.
As Alex Ferguson used to say ” squeaky bum time’ for the opposition as 10 man Ramsbury pushed for an equalizer and if honest looked much the better team as Blunsdon defended in depth!
Simon (Barty) making a cameo appearance came on for Skips as the game became much more stretched and open and unfortunately the extra man made the difference as Blunsdon scored at the death to make it 6-4 and shortly after the ref blew for full time.
An epic game by both teams and Ramsbury FC without doubt held their own against the best in the Division above us and at times were without doubt the better team.
No man of the match or shirt of shame as it was a proper team performance and well done for Ali for an excellent hat trick!
See you all at training on Tuesday!!!!
A tough away loss against AFC Swindon saw Ramsbury’s 3 match winning streak come to an end!
Having no official referee for the game did not help in a fiercely contested game that saw 4 penalties awarded.
Ramsbury FC now face top of the League Blunsdon FC on Saturday who are yet to lose a game and will undoubtedly be a huge test.
Ramsbury FC recorded an impressive 4-2 home win against a well organised and motivated Paragon FC side. Both teams played good football in blustery conditions and on a hard pitch.
Ramsbury got off to a flyer with Macca grabbing a cracking goal and saying Ali who?…..as he looked the part playing up front on his own and never gave the opposition centre backs any time on the ball. Ramsbury were on the front foot with Zac going close and Rob scoring direct from a corner to make it 2-0 and see Ramsbury take control of the game with Will, Chris (first game and played really well) and Skips dominating the midfield and using the wings superbly with Zac and Robworking so well with Adam and Leigh as wing backs. It was all Ramsbury.
Paragon responded well and upped their game and pressed much better at 2-0 down and had Ramsbury on the back foot with a succession of set piece deliveries that tested Ash in goal and needed some big clearances by Chris and Ben in the centre of defence. But the pressure told as another swinging ball cut through the defence and was bundled in at the back post to make it 2-1. A poor goal to concede!
What was good to see was there was no panic by Ramsbury as they continued to attack at will with both Zac and Macca going close. Rob was a constant threat on the left and after another enthusiastic challenge by Chris, that earned him a yellow, Paragon failed to convert the free kick and a great clearance by Ben saw Ramsbury counter at speed and put the opposition on the back foot. Skips clipped a great pass to Zac who whipped a ball into Macca but it went over his head to Rob who took a neat touch and with his back to goal turned and belted the ball into the top left hand corner of the goal to make it 3-1. A fully deserved score line that stayed like that until half time.
The second half saw Paragon launch everyone forward in an attempt to reduce the deficit. Ramsbury soaked up the pressure and kept their shape and composure and continued to pass the ball well and use the width of the pitch to get out of trouble. The match was end to end with Macca going so close after great work by Rob and Zac on the flanks and some absolute class tackles and headers by Will, Chris and Skips in the middle. Welsh Joe Wicks and Adam on the flanks were awesome as their pace cut out opposition attacks and Leigh produced some wild sliced shot or passes, no one really knew, that kept the crowd entertained!
Ramsbury kept composed and with the wind against them the defence and Ash managed the Paragon attackers well and rarely looked in trouble. However, a lack of concentration resulted in a Welsh Joe Wicks own goal to make it 3-2 and see the Welsh Wonder earn the Shirt of Shame from Sean.
Again, Ramsbury didn’t panic and continued to play great passing football and using the width of the pitch. Macca took a yellow for the team as he prevented a counter attack and was vey unlucky to go in the book…..but he did keep his head…… just!!
Paragon looked dead on their feet for the last 15 and Seano brought on Adam and Ash B for Chris and Macca as fresh legs. It was just what was needed as Paragon lost a player with a pulled hamstring and Ramsbury pressed for the fourth goal. Zac should have scored and went close with a free kick, but it was another great ball clipped in by Skips after good work by Adam on the right that saw Ash burst forward (and he nearly did burst) through the opposition defence and provide a top assist for Rob to tuck away his hat trick and the fourth goal to see Ramsbury go 4-2 up. The restart saw the ref blow the whistle for full time and the match ended with another top performance and another win for the Rams!
Brilliant hat trick by Rob who deservedly got man of the match and not far behind him was Chris in midfield and Ben in defence and Ash in goal. A superb all round team effort and a great win. Nice touch was Seano getting everyone a beer at the end and it was brilliant to sit in the sun and reflect on a very good win.
AFC Swindon next and they are a tough team, so we will need a strong team to get a result. See you all TUESDAY!!!!
Sean has Macca’s training top and an adidas water bottle that was left!