Senior Team News
Ramsbury FC lost 3-0 to Highworth Res of the Premier League today in a fiesty cup match at Hilldrop Lane.
The score line did not reflect the game as Ramsbury were much the better team and the opposition were gifted two goals through some unusual keeping errors by Freddie who gave no Sean no choice but to award him the Shirt of Shame!
Don’t worry Freddie you are in good company and it was so nearly Browner for his WWE flying head tackle that the half asleep lino managed to not see……good job it was Sean!!!! If not, then it could have been a Red and you would have been joining Ali on the naughty step!
Gareth wasn’t the only Yellow card offender today as Highworth had obviously had a bad Friday night out and were full of aggro from the outset and received 2 Yellows as well and forced their coach to sub them both as they were Reds waiting to be issued! The game was full on with Ramsbury having much the better game but against the run of play Highworth outwitted Stoner at right back and nipped in for an easy tap in. Freddie then gifted them a second with an early Christmas panto ITS MINE….oh no its not…and the half ended 2-0. A really cynical half of football where both teams lacked discipline and the difference was a slice of good fortune to see Highworth lead.
The second half was all Ramsbury, and I mean camped in the opposition half for 45 minutes all Ramsbury, but Highworth still managed to sneak in a really weak shot past Freddie (I am sure you betted against us Fred?) to make it 3-0. This was a real shame as Ramsbury had dominated and Leigh, Tom and Macca in the centre of midfield were awesome with the Leigh like a beserking druid on blue smarties earning Man of the Match for his ouststanding running, tackling and swearing in fluent welshness! Harry had another great game at left back and Adam and Zac were constant threats on either flank and deserved a goal apiece; Max was the sole striker and was superb and Ali…..your spot up front is seriously under threat! Browner was the epitomy of restraint in the second half…ok I lie…he was just more subtle and alongside Chris was solid in defence. Neymar came on for Stoner and Sean sent him up front and played 3 at the back; it was a bold move and I am still not sure how Ramsbury did not score as Highworth were pegged back into their half throughout. However, it ended 3-0 and Highworth progress, but if Ramsbury play like the second half, keep their discipline better and keep their heads, then I can see them getting much better results.
Next week Abbbeymeads AWAY….lets get a deserved win!
See you all at training Tuesday.
Today Frankie Naylor of Frankie Naylor Sports Therapy took the Ramsbury U15s Squad for a session on warming up and warming down pre and post training. It was hugely useful and informative and the U15 squad and coaches learned loads….and the players were clearly more flexible than the coaches!
Frankie’s son plays in the U6 squad and as such she is free between 0930-1030 for short sessions to ensure coaches and players alike understand and apply the right type of warm ups and warm downs, how to stretch properly and also the benefits of using rollers.
A huge thank you to Frankie and if any other team needs her help then please contact me.
U15s Coach and Club Chair
Ramsbury FC had yet another tough game away to Swindon Centurians who with a another win would go top of the league.
The match started poorly for Ramsbury as the team’s slow reaction saw the Centurians score an early goal through their two very quick strikers. But Ramsbury responded well and some excellent work on the right by Harry to Pricey and Gareth in midfield saw them combine to feed Macca for a great opportunity that was blocked and out for a corner. Zac took the corner and floated in a perfect ball for Gareth to leap like a startled gazelle and head into the top corner to make it 1-1. Ramsbury had plenty of the ball and were dangerous going forward with Adam, Darvs and Zac all beating the opposition defence for pace and skill. Darvs had a glorious chance to make it 2-1 but unfortunately scuffed his shot wide. Sean was so incensed he discarded the sheepskin and stamped on it shouting ‘Darvs is wearing that shirt of shame’….and something that sounded like skittle trucker….but I could make it out!?
Centurians were also dangerous on the break and especially with corners where they had two clear opportunities to score but for some last ditch defending by Chris and Dan and a fine save from Geoff. However, another break and quick cross caught out the Ramsbury defence and a scuffed shot spun in to make it 2-1. Although there were appeals for offside the goal stood and the half ended 2-1 to Centurians.
In the second half Ramsbury upped the tempo and were far the better team dominating play and having a host of chances that just missed the target or were saved. It was 25 minutes of survival football for the opposition as Ramsbury used Leigh and Harry as outlets to Zac and Darvs on the wings and got the ball into Macca and Adam. It was relentless pressure and Pricey and Gareth in midfield broke up play really well and did not allow the opposition to play. Sam came on for Macca who had another great game up front and the Centurians made two changes as both teams started to tire in a very physical game that the ref struggled to control where there were more bad tackles than decent passes.
A cynical tackle on Zac led to more handbags and another free kick and from 30 yards Zac’s shot took needed a diving finger tip save to tip the ball off the bar and out for a corner – so close to it being 2-2! Stoner came on for Harry as the physicality took its toll and he limped off and Dan was also hobbling at the back as the game became more erratic. It was end to end stuff and a rare break by Centurians saw their fresh legs pay off as their young sub got a lucky touch and the momentum took him past Chris and Dan to shoot past Geoff and make it 3-1. It was a real blow and took the wind out Ramsbury’s sails. Although they still pressed to the end, the opposition shut up shop and the score remained 3-1 and, yet again, another score line that flattered the opposition and did not do Ramsbury justice. Great game by Gareth in midfield for the missing Tom and also Leigh at left back and great to see Sam play too.
It should be noted that our losses have been against 3 of the top four teams in the Div and in two of those games we deserved more. Cricklade Town Res next at home – lets get a strong team out and get a first home win! See you all at training on Tuesday.
A disappointing game today against difficult opponents AFC Swindon who are top of the league. Ramsbury for the first 20 minutes were much the better team and it was very much against the run of play when AFC hit the post after a quick break and 5 minutes score a goal as an incisive pass split the defence and give Fred in goal no chance. At 1-0 down Ramsbury were still playing the better football with the opposition resulting to constant fouling and dirty tactics. However, Ramsbury reacted badly to this and to some poor referee and lino decisions that saw Ali get two yellows in the space of 2 minutes for dissent and then shown the Red card and sent off! It was needless and exactly what the opposition wanted and left Ramsbury to tough it out until half time with 10 men. They did so stoically but faced a very tough second half! Needless to say Ali Mair had a Night Mair and received his marching orders and was awarded the shirt of shame!
A Night Mair in Pink!!!!!
The second half started promising but after 10 minutes the extra man told and AFC were 2-0 up as they stretched Ramsbury’s back four. Gareth and Chris were really solid at the back and Dan O at left back and Harry at right back did their best to contain the constant attacks and Tom and Pricey could not have worked any harder (ok Tom could have!) to win the ball and get it to Zac and Darvs out wide and into Macca as the sole striker; and for periods in the game it worked with Ramsbury creating a number of chances. But AFC used the extra man well and brought on 3 subs as fresh legs and pressed high up the pitch. It resulted in 2 more goals from a well taken free kick and a penalty after Gareth clipped the AFC striker. At 4-0 down Gareth came off and Stoner came on and it was great to see Ramsbury still keep attacking. This did leave gaps in the centre and again AFC broke free and were awarded a second penalty as Fred collided with the AFC striker to make the score 5-0.
For the final 15 minutes Lee came on for Darvs on the left and Neymar for Macca out on the right with Zac moving into the centre. Macca had another very good game and it was between him and Harry for man of the match with Harry just edging it with another good display as right back. Neymar’s pace caused chaos in the AFC defence and Zac who had moved into the centre forward slot found space and shot from 25 yards in the last few minutes to test the AFC keeper. But there was no further goals and the score remained 5-0 to AFC.
What cost us this game, as with the Bassett game, was a lack of discipline and not sticking to playing our football. We are much better than this result would suggest, but we must address the psychological element of the game and not let the opposition (and poor refereeing) get in your heads and affect your game. Sermon over. Enjoy your weekend and see you all at training Tuesday 6.30-8pm and next Saturday for an AWAY game versus Swindon Centurians. The Gaffa and his sheepskin will be back next week from his SAGA sponsored scouting trip to Italy and there are places in the team at risk….Adam you have been warned!!!!
Ramsbury FC secured a hard earned point against a well organised and physical Spectrum FC team who like Ramsbury had one win and one loss to their name before this fixture. Ramsbury FC were also without a number of established players and were without Coach Sean who cashing in his Saga coupons was relaxing on the Italian Riviera with the family. This meant that Chris stepped up as the Player/Coach/Captain/Treasurer/Team Sheet submitter/Physio and kit issuer….and did the best he could considering the woeful handover from Sean….no team sheet Sean…and selfishly taking Adam with him (Shirt of Shame on your return fella!). What wasn’t woeful was the performances from those playing for the first time this season: Harry at right back, Arun (Neymar) right wing and Lee (Cricket type not Welsh type) at left back, Macca and Ash up front. Geoff in goal was awesome as he limped throughout with an injury from training the Under15s that morning (legend Geoff!). All the team were excellent although Ash may have over done the camera work last week as his hamstring went faster than a Nikon camera shutter and he had to be replaced by Macca up front early in the first half. Hopefully a quick recovery Ash!
The first half was pretty even with Zac testing the Spectrum keeper with a 25 yard shot early on and Darvs going close also. Geoff made two top draw saves as both sides pressed well. But Spectrum scored a 30 yard worldy to go 1-0 up and upped their game. However, Ramsbury soaked up the pressure and caught the opposition napping on the counter and Zac’s pass was pin point to Darvs who guided it neatly into the goal to make it 1-1 with a really brilliant team goal. Spectrum shortly after scored from a corner that was not dealt with well enough and a lucky shot ricocheted off Tom’s chest and past Geoff to make it 2-1. Ramsbury dug in and a rash foul outside the area on Zac allowed Tom to curl in a great free kick to make it 2-2 and that’s how it stayed until half time.
The second half saw Spectrum use their subs in the searing heat and their fresh legs gave them the momentum. But Ramsbury stuck to the game plan, kept their shape and defended heroically to wear down the opposition. Ramsbury’s fitness gave them the edge as they countered again and again through Darvs, Zac and Neymar up to Macca. Leigh and Tom were solid in midfield and Harry and Lee pushed higher up the pitch as wing backs pegging back the opposition. It worked really well as Spectrum were on the back foot and Macca took full advantage scoring a fine goal after successive crosses from Neymar and Zac to make it 3-2 with 6 minutes to go.
Ramsbury were in control but went looking for the killer goal and did not consolidate in midfield. Spectrum gambled and threw everyone forward and a long punt up field caught out Dan who made a rare mistake and let the opposition centre forward to score. However, he missed (not sure how) as Harry and Chris closed him down and Geoff came out to narrow the angle, but it was shit miss nonetheless and a real let off – not for Dan O though as he earned the SofS this week. 2 minutes later and another hopeful punt saw the Spectrum no10 get a lucky touch and pop between Dan and Chris and prod the ball past Geoff to make it 3-3 with a minute to go. It was rough justice as Dan and Chris had been brilliant against the opposition forward line and were genuinely unlucky. The game ended 3-3 and although disappointingly a draw (for both sides) there can be no doubting the commitment or the effort of both teams to earn a hugely well fought out point in the baking sun. Well done to all who played as Ramsbury were without doubt the better team!
Dan O – Shirt of Shame!!!!!!
Let Sean know soonest if you CAN or CAN’T make training (Tue 6.30-8pm) and the match next at HOME @Ramsbury with 2.30PM kick off.