Senior Team News
Ramsbury FC get their first win of the season with a deserved 1-0 win over Chiseldon FC.
Sean opted for a 4-5-1 formation this week after the disappointing 3-2 loss last week and it proved to be a good call against a very quick Chiseldon side. Pricey volunteered to be in goal with no Geoff or Proccy (Geoff, Proccy….he is the only keeper to keep a clean sheet and he is a central midfielder!!!…just saying); and had in front of him a back four of Mikey G, Chris (C), James and Ads; with Leigh, Skips and Zac in central midfield, Max wide right and Rob wide left and Kav as the lone striker. Subs were Ali, Adam M, Lee and Arun. A decent line up against a team that put 6 past us last season.
From the outset Ramsbury were calm, organised and up for it. Pricey, never one to be quiet at the best of times, was reassuringly very vocal and even with the sun in his eyes was like a coiled spring ready to pounce on potential dangers whilst ensuring he kept the defence in check – utterly superb! Pricey and the defence from the kick off were awesome. They worked so well as a unit with Mikey G as right back murdering the opposition left wing and winning all headers, first and second balls and totally dominating on the right; Chris was his usual ‘gazelle-like’ self and was impeccable in timing headers and clearances to perfection and alongside James, who grew in stature as the game went on, formed an awesome centre half pairing that contained the Chiseldon front two who between them scored all six goals against us last season. As the game went on James grew in confidence and as the game progressed he and Chris hardly put a foot or header wrong and gave no quarters. Adam as left back is without doubt a natural modern full back with pace, tenacity and grit and great timing. He was again outstanding at left back and I can’t see to many in he squad able to compete for this spot on the team. In sum, the back four and Pricey won this game through being disciplined, committing to winning the ball and giving the opposition no room to breathe never mind move and dis what they needed to do efficiently and effectively – a brilliant performance! Anyone of them could have had Man of the Match, but it went to Pricey for his inspired performance in goal, commitment to the team and outright noise generation……..absolutely awesome!
The first half was predominantly Ramsbury pressing well and forcing the opposition back and the midfield three worked really hard in covering the space and in getting the ball out to the wide areas. The opposition were no pushovers and scrapped and hacked and fought as best they could, but they were kept on the back foot by Ramsbury’s ability to win the ball, better distribution to the flanks and keeping their shape. It was great to see and Leigh (Welsh Joe Wicks) put in a huge shift alongside Zac and Skips in the middle and it was his challenge and ball to Zac that saw him slice through the opposition defence to Kav who crossed for Skips to poke in his shot and make it 1-0. It wasn’t the prettiest goal or the cleanest strike by Skips and a bit of a scuff by Kav to him, but they all count and it was only what Ramsbury deserved.
Chiseldon did have the goal in the net shortly after, but it was clearly offside and disallowed. This prompted Ramsbury to up the tempo and start playing some top end football and Rob and Zac both went so close with superb shots and Kav and Leigh followed suit with shots and to be honest how it stayed 1-0 I have no idea! The opposition resorted to Sunday league tactics with sly challenges, constant fouls and questioning every ref call and trying to get under our skin, which was disappointing but at times vindicated as the ref did make some very suspect calls….and should definitely book a trip to Specsavers!!!!!!
Tempers boiled over as the frustration grew and Kav was lucky to only get a yellow card after lashing out and kicking the opposition centre half lunatic who had already had about 2 or 3 hacks at Kav. Despite the opposition calls for a red card the ref saw sense and Kav stayed on the pitch. Ramsbury remained the better team and the ref soon after called half time with the score finely balanced at 1-0. However, Kav did get the Shirt of Shame, just behind Ali for another open goal miss later on, and Kav now owes Sean and the team a photo as we make do with another fine one of Ali!!!!!
The team stayed the same for the second half and continued to press and contain really well with Chiseldon trying to up the pace and bringing on subs with fresh legs. But Ramsbury stayed focussed and organised and both Rob and Max went close to getting a second as Ramsbury maintained the pressure. The opposition resorted to nonsense and saw some scuffling with the crowd that the ref sorted out and threw themselves about in the Ramsbury penalty area as if they were trying out for strictly; it was pathetic really and the ref had none of it. Sean brought on Ali for Kav and he made an instant impact and his link up play with Zac and Max deserved at least two goals. But the no shows at training have taken their toll as Ali clear on goal blazed over the bar when he would have been a cert to score! That said credit where credit is due, he made a real difference and his ability to hold up play and win the ball was excellent. More training big fella!!!
With time ticking away Sean brought on Lee to replace Leigh as the Welsh Joe Wicks deserved a well earned rest and it was an inspired choice by the Cloughy of the Kennet as Lee sat in the space between the defence and midfield and did the unglamorous stuff really well in winning the ball, protecting the defence and being a nuisance. It was what was needed and along with Adam M coming on for a five minute cameo served to see Ramsbury see out the game and claim an excellent 1-0 win.
What was inspiring today was that this was a proper team win. A result that was not decided solely by Skips great goal, but by courage, belief, discipline and focus of the whole team and a team that has the ability to do this every week.
See all of you that can make training on Tuesday to prep for next match away against Regents FC; and my final comment goes to Macca, Charlie and the boys who came to support the team and Neymar who as a sub didn’t get on and didn’t complain but came and had a celebratory beer with the team in the Crown. Top job boys.
Team: Proccy, Mike, Chris(C), Adam E; Max, Rob, Zac, Will, Charlie, Kav and Ali. Subs: Jonah, Oakley, Arun, Skips and Adam M
For the second week running Ramsbury were the better team and did not get the result they deserved losing 3-2 away to a very average Swindon Centurians side. The ref and the very poor pitch didn’t help and it wasn’t so much as an uneven pitch but more an allotment that had divots the size of world war one trenches and just as dangerous…..but at least there were no dog turds to remove which is usually the norm!
Ramsbury, before the game started, listened intently to Sean and then trotted onto the pitch and completely ignored everything he said….and then gave a first rate demonstration of how not to control the ball or pass short, quickly and effectively and instead gave the ball away so much the opposition did ask the ref at one point if it was actually Christmas in Ramsbury?
Even with a strong starting eleven we were poor from the outset and it took a while for the team to settle down with too many players opting for the difficult long ball instead of doing what they are good at and playing a quick, short passing game…albeit uite hard on the crap pitch! The highlight in the first 20 minutes was some top defending by Mikey G and Chris who were no match for headers and cleared their lines really well; and Adam E out of position at left back who was faultless and who deservedly won player of the match at the end. But the midfield and the forwards failed to click and it took a top notch corner from Rob on the right to whip in the cross with his left boot straight onto the head of the Ramsbury gazelle that is Chris Roberts (ok…I lied…I said I woudn’t use gazelle again as a descriptor for Chris…but hey ho) who perfectly headed into the top corner of the goal for the second week running (this time in the right goal!!!!!) to make it 1-0. This settled the team and Ramsbury for the remainder of the half dominated, but with a couple of lapses still needed Proccy to make some fine saves as Centurians played the long ball game and were dangerous on the break with their two fast forwards.
However, it stayed 1-0 at half time as Ramsbury did not take their chances and the opposition rode their luck. Ali, Rob, Max and Kav were threats throughout, but Ali missed an absolute sitter that Stevie Wonder with a Ray Charles assist would have slotted in and quite rightly earned him the Shirt of Shame!!!!! (and a free voucher to vision express!!!)
The second half was delayed with some ref dithering and this did us no favours as we were slow out the blocks and were caught napping with an opposition speculative shot to make it 1-1. Ramsbury didn’t panic and started to play some good football with Charlie (who was having a shocker and not his usual self), Zac and Will definitely the stronger midfield and Rob and Max excellent on the wings as they kept pressing for another goal. It duly came after a great ball by Ali onto Max who skipped past the opposition centre halves and smashed in a great shot. The opposition lino tried to call offside (he was only one evolutionary step up from plankton!) but the ref gave it to make it 2-1.
This should have been the catalyst to go on and win the game, but it wasn’t. Although we pressed for a third we did not keep our discipline and a long punt over our defence onto the opposition lone striker who had just come on, and was full of running with with fresh legs, caught us out and Proccy who had advanced off his line to only watch the ball skid past him into the net to make it 2-2. A real shame as only just before this we had Rob’s goal disallowed for another dubious offside call that would have killed off the game, but instead it was game on at 2-2.
Ramsbury remained much the better team and Sean brought on Jonah for Ali and Skips for Kav to add fresh legs to the attack and it had an impact as Ramsbury went close and should have scored if it wasn’t for two worldy saves by the Centurians keeper to keep it 2-2. The game was heading for a draw when against the run of play a Centurians corner caught us out as it swung in and an unmarked defender nodded in to make it 3-2. It was a real sucker punch and the opposition regrouped and parked the bus. Ramsbury, again, didn’t panic, and instead played probably their best football and on another day a sublime pass onto Max by Zac would have seen him score the equaliser. But another poor lino call that the ref upheld saw Max offside and minutes later Max in on goal again fired just over the bar. If was a frustrating 10 minutes and even Sean throwing on Adam M, Oakley and Arun on to regain the impetus with fresh legs did not work as the opposition frantically hung on and the game petered out to a 3-2 win for the opposition who were relieved when the final whistle blew.
Ramsbury have a great squad and at times have played so well, but we must be more consistent, more composed on the ball and ruthless in front of goal and, importantly, we must manage the game better from the neck up! There is great commitment and effort and the team spirit is excellent.
I think Sean is a bit Ian Holloway(ish) and I know will not have liked losing this one! Lets get to training and get ready for the next match against Chiseldon FC. It will be a tough game.
The score line would suggest that Marlborough completely bossed this game and that it was very one sided. Think again, Ramsbury were much the better team for long spells and without doubt played the better football for most of the game and on the day just did not have luck on their side!
Tough decision for Sean as to who he should start today as the pre-season games have all been really competitive and there has been a huge turn over of players since last season. He went with an attacking 3-5-2 formation with Proccy in goal; Mike, Chris (C) and Leigh at the back; Ads and Rob on the flanks and Charlie, Will and Pricey in the middle with Kav and Ali up front. We are allowed 5 subs and they were Max, Zac, Skips, James and Jonah. Strong bunch on the bench and all got game time.
The formation worked well and Ramsbury played good attacking football and had a goal early on, but for some reason the ref did not award it and instead gave Marlborough a free kick! Unfortunately, Marlborough then applied some pressure and put in a good ball which saw Chris leap like a gazelle (first and only time he will be likened to a gazelle) and athletically (ok it wasn’t that athletic) met the ball coming in with near perfect precision 9ok not that perfect either…) and clear the ball to safety……..ok that was me still dreaming of what should have happened……and (instead) he met the ball with near perfect precision and expertly guided it perfectly beyond Proccy and into his own net for an own goal. 1-0 to Marlborough! SoS to big Chris!
Ramsbury upped the tempo and the agro, as it was the usually feisty derby affair, and that beast Ads was far too overly aggressive on the poor timid Marlborough player and went straight into the book and received a yellow card! The ref was kept busy throughout the match as it was a lively one and a near capacity crowd at the Ramsbury Rec were treated to some top wrestle mania and UFC as the game fought its way to 1-0 at half time. All still to play for.
The second half saw Ramsbury dominate early on but only for Marlborough to unexpectantly grab a second goal on their only attacjk and go 2-0 up after stretching the defence and getting a bit of luck. What was great to see was Ramsbury responded well and played some brilliant football and that the tempo and quality stayed the same as Sean brought on the subs on a hotter than expected day.
At 2-0 Ramsbury went oh so close with a great run and a wicked shot by Zac that the keeper somehow scooped away and then Rob hit an absolute thunderbolt that we all thought had gone in but had actually missed by about an inch or two. If Ramsbury had scored these the game was there to be won. But even with all their second half dominance Ramsbury unluckily conceded an third through a speculative shot to make it 3-0. This was a shame as Max, Zac, Jonah, James and Skips all came on and added great value and gave Ads, Kav, Ali, Pricey and Will deserved rests whilst avoiding second Yellows for Ads and for Pricey who had made his customary enthusiastic welcome to Priceyworld well timed tackle that clearly got the ball but took a good portion of the player as well…..it was harsh Pricey….and in the 1970s that would have been a soft one!!
Despite a late bad tackle that was a certain Red for Marlborough, as their last defender hacked down Charlie when clear on goal, the game ended 3-0 and a bit frustrating for Ramsbury as they deserved at least 2 if not more goals in this highly entertaining first game of the season.
Shirt of Shame went to Chris the gazelle Roberts for his own goal and man of the match went to Will for his midfield general display that deserved to get a win from this match. But that’s football and we shake it off, pay our fines and subs, train again on Tuesday and look forward to doing better in our next match away next Saturday!
Well done to all the support and heads up boys as this was a good effort! See you Tuesday.
Ramsbury FC Senior Team received their new training kit this week courtesy of our Club Sponsors Ergo Facilities Management Ltd.
Photo: Zac Symon, Sean Eviil (Manager) and Adam Elmer.
Ergo FM Ltd also provided a new strip last season in addition to refurbishing the Clubhouse and this season have ensured the senior team and all 9 youth teams received new strips and a training top for each player. The Youth teams will receive their kit and trips shortly.
This generosity from our Club Sponsor has transformed our Village Football Club and saw us win the Wiltshire FA Award for Grass Roots Football Project of the Year for 2020 and be selected for the FA National Awards.
Ramsbury FC has approximately 30 senior players and close to 200 youth players. The ethos remains to support football in the community and in doing so ensure it is safe, fun and open to all standards of players.
I am very proud to be a part of this amazing grass roots Village Football Club and look forward to being the Club Secretary in the near future and handing over the mantle as Chair to Andy Knowles who I know is equally passionate about Ramsbury FC and will strive to improve the Club further.
Jon Symon, Chair
Team: Proccy, Mike, Chris(C), Adam, Rob, Max, Macca, Will, Zac, Dan, Kavan. Subs: Leigh, Arun (3-5-2 formation)
Another friendly against tough Swindon opposition, but this time against one of the Premiership top teams. Ruby Removals convincingly beat us in the Cup last season and are well known for their overly enthusiastic physical and vocal approach. Like the last game, the opposition didn’t disappoint and brought with them a small posse that keep Monster energy drinks and cheap lager in business; are adept at challenging every decision the referee makes and have a veritable thesaurus of profanities that would make Charles Manson blush and tattoos that would shame Prison Break inmates. A great bunch!
No matter how rough and ready the opposition were, there was no doubt that they could play football and in the early stages were more confident on the ball and quicker at winning the first and second balls. Ramsbury competed well but were often second best with the back three of Mike, Chris and Adam getting stretched and needing Max and Rob as wing backs to help out. Macca unfortunately had to go off with a minor injury and Arun came on to replace him and help Kavan up front. Both sides went close with Proccy stopping a couple of good efforts and after 20 minutes Ramsbury settled and started to play some neat passing football. A sublime corner by Rob saw his effort fly directly into the top left corner and stun the opposition and see Ramsbury go 1-0 up. The opposition were rocked by this and Ramsbury took the initiative with some superb battling by Will as CDM and some great running and touches by Zac and Dan in midfield that provided a number of scoring opportunities. However, a superb cross by the opposition left wing was too good for Proccy, who struggled to get across the goal mouth with his ankle injury, and the ball just beat him and Adam to be headed deftly into the top right hand corner to make it 1-1. The half ended 1-1 and all to play for.
The second half was better by Ramsbury with quicker tackling and passing, more possession and the midfield creating more opportunities for the strikers to score. The opposition upped the tempo, and vocal chat, and had a good period of sustained pressure that saw them capitalise with a well taken goal to make it 2-1.
Ramsbury, if I am honest, were too quiet and introverted and allowed the opposition to boss the play and for 10 minutes or so struggled to control the ball, keep their composure and make a telling pass when it was needed. Leigh came on to bolster the midfield and his energy and input was well timed and allowed Arun and Zac to push further forward. It worked really well and Ramsbury regained control and the initiative with Max and Rob making great runs into the box and Kavan and Arun both going close to getting an equaliser. And it was a superb cross by Max that was missed by both the opposition defence (and our forwards) that fell kindly to Adam and who calmly slotted home to make it 2-2. Kavan then had a shot saved and Zac nearly got the winner with a gret free kick that required a finger tip save by the opposition keeper. The opposition were probably the happier when the ref blew for full time and the game ended as a 2-2 draw.
It wasn’t pretty at times, and the opposition were not the team of last season, but it was a good result against a tough premiership side with much more positives than negatives. Man of the Match went to Mikey G for his battling defensive display with Chris and Will not far behind.
Finally, well done Chris and Sean for organising the new training tops which look very good as modelled by Zac, Sean and Adam:
You have to earn these boys, so lets see more at training and matches! See you all next Tuesday at training 6.30-8pm.