Senior Team News
Ramsbury FC recorded their biggest win of the season with a 14-0 drubbing of Moredon FC! With a modest 4-0 half time score, Ramsbury were guilty of not converting a number of clear cut chances as they over-complicated play and were frustrated by the 9 man opposition. But the second half was a completely different game as Ramsbury turned on the style, played percentage football and made the most of a weakened opposition by rattling in ten unanswered goals. It was a slaughter!
Ramsbury, again, had too many players not available for this match and just managed a starting eleven with Ash and Sean as the two subs. The team was Fred in goal, a back three of Dan O, Chris (C) and Leigh with Harry and Arun as wing backs; Zac, Stoner and Will in the middle with Macca and Adam up front. The first half saw Harry grab 2 excellent goals, playing in his usual role as an attacking wing back, as Ramsbury exploited the space. Arun got his first goal in his first full start to give Ramsbury a quickfire 3-0 lead and look very comfortable. Although, it could have been 3-1 as Leigh’s bambi on ice clown like pirouette nearly let Moredon in to score and quite rightly earned him the shirt of shame!
Macca was rivalling Leigh for the shirt of shame with some glaring misses and the whole team struggled to play simple, effective football and make the extra two players count. Macca and Zac did hit the post and it was a cynical foul in the box that led to the fourth goal as Zac stepped up to slot it the penalty to make it 4-0. It stayed 4-0 at half time where Sean donned the trilby and sheepskin jacket and gave the team the hair dryer treatment! The only shining light were Fred in goal and the defence who kept great shape and composure….and didn’t give Mordeon a sniff of goal….apart from Leigh that is!!!!!!!
It obviously worked as Ramsbury in the second half were a team possessed. Macca finally got on the score sheet not once, twice but three times to claim a second half hat trick and one of them a subline header. Zac added another two goals to get his hat trick and Adam scored 2 more crackers with Will getting in on the action with a brilliant raid from midfield to slot in another. It was a goal fest! But the biggest cheers were when Sean, on for Macca, scored a brilliant penalty having been only on the pitch for 5 minutes making him without doubt the oldest scorer in the league since Gandalf the Grey headed in for Mordor United against the Elfs!!!!!! Brilliant goal and meaning Sean has scored in every decade since 1945…..great effort Sean!!!!
Sean thunderbolt clip
Not to be outdone, was Ash, on for Arun, and who has played less football than Pete Wheeler…..actually that’s no fair….as Ash has played a few games…..was awarded a clear pen and stepped up to smash it into the top corner….a top penalty Ash and no way for the keeper to save it!
The game ended 14-0 as Moredon subbed their keeper with no replacement as they were so fed up of him and played out the last few minutes with 8 players! The referee finally put Moredon out of their misery by blowing the final whistle as the game was a training session for Ramsbury against a poor 9 man Moredon, but importantly does see our goal difference hugely improve and earn us another vital 3 points. The teamwork, especially in the second half, was superb and Chris as Captain and Will in the centre of midfield were vocal throughout with the defence the real cornerstone of this win and were solid throughout. Man of the match went to Chris Roberts in defence – well done Chris!
Training on Tuesday 6.30-8pm and a big match against Marlborough Town next Saturday at Home with a 2pm kick off! Lets have a good showing boys!
Ramsbury FC are through to the quarter finals of the Cup after an epic 3-2 win over Premiership side Wheatsheaf Stratton!
Ramsbury had a few players missing for the cup match, but were able to still field a strong side. Sean stuck with a 3-5-2 formation with Freddie in goal; Mike G, Chris (Capt) and Dan O as the back three, Leigh and Max as the wing backs and a middle three of Zac, Stoner and Adam with Macca and Sam up front. Again, Sean’s ‘Eviil’ coaching genius resulted in Ramsbury playing on the front foot and Zac grabbing an early goal to make it 1-0 and nearly getting a spectacular second shortly after but only hitting the post. Wheatsheaf were reeling and 25 minutes into the game Ramsbury scored a second through Macca who’s shot, after superb play by Max and Adam, was parried by the opposition keeper and fell kindly for him to smash it into the back of the net. Macca should have had a second straight after when clear through on goal, but a rush of blood to the head saw him unfortunately smash his shot against the bar when a simple tap in would have seen the score 3-0. This rightly caused Sean to hop and down like a demented goblin, swear obscenities that would have made Gandalf the Grey blush and deservedly earned Macca the shirt of shame – pink suits you big boy!
Macca’s miss woke up a sluggish Wheatsheaf side who started playing some good football. This unsettled Ramsbury and for 10 minutes they were on the back foot and made too many simple mistakes and lost their shape and discipline. It let the opposition in and they scored a well constructed goal to make it 2-1. The game became a bit ragged as the opposition resorted to constant late and high tackles and the referee struggled to control the game or the abuse from the opposition coaching team. Ramsbury kept their cool and Max was a constant threat down the left side and he and Adam combined well with Sam and Macca to keep the pressure on the opposition and were so close to making it 3-1. Ramsbury had a couple more close chances but Wheatsheaf hung on to keep it 2-1 at half time.
In the second half Ramsbury were quicker out the blocks than Ali on a certain promise on a Saturday night out in Old Town! Simple, quick, accurate and direct action (very unlike Ali) saw superb passing by Leigh to Adam and out to Max and onto Macca and then Sam that led to a sublime Ramsbury third goal as Sam simply slotted the ball past the Wheatsheaf keeper. It was a great goal and made it 3-1.
The opposition lost their discipline and the plot and resorted to arguing and abusing the referee for every decision which ended with the opposition coach being quite rightly given a straight Red card for constant abuse and asked to leave the ground. It was a disgrace really and the young referee really struggled to control the game and how the opposition didn’t get any yellow cards was beyond me. With deteriorating conditions and strong winds the game turned into a battle of attrition with studs flying and a series of free kicks by both sides. Another great passage of play by Ramsbury saw a certain goal for Macca incredulously ruled offside by the opposition lino, which only inflamed a feisty match! Stoner came off and Neymar came on for the last 15 minutes and shortly after Macca was off injured and on came Ash. The game continued to be very ragged with stop-start football as the fouls mounted up and eventually a definite yellow for the opposition. Ramsbury gave away their fair share of silly fouls and a speculative free kick led to Wheat sheaf getting their second as the wind and flight of the ball deceived Freddie to make it 3-2 with 5 minutes to go. It was back to the wall time and Max, Leigh, Neymar and Adam and Zac all supported the back three leaving Ash up front on his own as the solitary striker. It was a tough and nervy battle to the very end and it wasn’t pretty. The opposition came close to getting a third, but Ramsbury held strong to win an epic battle of wills and finally win the game 3-2.
It was great resilience by all who played today and great to See Dan O back after being ill; good to have Neymar and Ash play and great to see Ali and the boys supporting the team from the side lines! Man of the match was a close run thing with Stoner, Leigh and Max putting in great shifts, but it went to Max this week for his relentless attacking play, superb tackling and support play. Well done Max.
Training is on Tuesday 6.30-8pm and get along to it you slackers – no excuses!
Next match at Home v Moredon FC with 2pm kick off – lets have a strong team out for this one!
Well done boys
Ramsbury Senior team continued their good form into 2020 with a hard fought 3-1 home win over an ill disciplined and bad tempered Cricklade FC side who ended the game with 8 men! Ramsbury missing a number of seasoned players, were excellent in their shape and structure, attitude and style of play and great to see Steeno back in the side after a prolonged serious injury.
A calmly taken Zac penalty after a blatant hand ball saw Ramsbury go 1-0 up and then 2-0 up quickly after as Zac, Adam and Harry combined to see Adam assist Harry in getting his second goal of the season. The Ramsbury high press and use of Harry and Max as fast running wing backs worked really well going forward and kept Cricklade very much on the back foot. This was needed as Ali had to go off injured half way through the first half with a groin strain……apparently due to very little action over the holiday period!
The forced change allowed Macca to go up front with Adam and Will to sit in midfield alongside Zac and Leigh with the back three of Chris (Capt), Mike G and Steeno in front of Freddie in goal. It worked really well and Cricklade were overly frustrated and very lucky not to have 2 or three players booked or sent off as they constantly argued with the ref.
Cricklade fought back, however, and for 10-15 minutes were the better side as they took a more direct approach and forced their way through the middle with long balls over the defence. But some excellent defensive headers and comfortable saves by Freddie meant that the score deservedly remained 2-0 to Ramsbury at half time.
Ramsbury had another poor 10 minutes after the break as Cricklade dominated play and went close a couple of times from set pieces and long balls over the defence. But their indiscipline finally cost them as they had a player sent off for a late tackle and then abusive language to the ref who had had enough and produced two yellow cards in quick succession and leave Cricklade with 10 men. Cricklade actually played better with 10 men and kept their direct approach, but did leave them vulnerable at the back. Ramsbury did not take advantage of this and Macca, Zac and Adam all scuffed clear goal scoring opportunities that should have sealed the game and all were definitely Shirt of Shame contenders!!!
Max on the left wing was terrorising the Cricklade right back and who must have been sick of seeing him fly past him on at least 6 or 7 occasions. Will was also having a blinder of a game in central midfield, alongside Macca and Leigh, as Zac went up front with Adam and Macca wisely sat in the hole in front of the back 3 to give excellent cover. But, again, Ramsbury didn’t take advantage and there was too much calamity football being played as players just shovelled the ball forward without thinking and usually to a Cricklade player. Zac had another chance to get a third goal as a great ball by Mike G saw him ghost past 3 or 4 Cricklade players but to then only blast over the bar; Adam also had another clear chance that the keeper some how saved and it made the 2-0 lead look a little fragile. Ramsbury finally cracked as Cricklade took a long throw and managed to nod the ball over the Ramsbury defence and Freddie to make it 2-1 with 2-3 minutes to go. It was squeaky bum time!
The last 2-3 minutes were actioned packed and not for the feint hearted as Cricklade smelled blood and went for the equaliser. They pushed everyone up and went close, but so did Ramsbury on the counter and after another mele and a sin bin yellow for another Cricklade player and then their Captain for dissent, which left them with 8 men on the field! This left Ramsbury to simply punt a long ball up to Adam who went straight through to score into an empty goal and make it 3-1. The game ended with the kick off and Ramsbury got a deserved 3-1 win!
Finally, great credit to Sean for getting the shape and structure right and to the referee for not abandoning the game as Cricklade FC were disgraceful. We hope Ali recovers soon and hope to see you all at training on Tuesday. Man of the Match went to Will in midfield and Zac got the Shirt of Shame for a couple of clear misses!!!! Pink photo to follow. Enjoy your Sunday boys – fully earned!
PS We miss Darvs….Mrs Darvs….send him back…..but without the dog!
I hope you all had a great holiday. This is the first Ramsbury Football Club Newsletter.
Please feel free to distribute to parents and guardians. Any suggestions for the second edition would be most welcome and can be sent via the Ramsbury web site.
Jon Symon Ramsbury FC Chair
Ramsbury FC Seniors won an epic cup match 5-3 against Div 1 opponents Moredon FC after extra time to progress to the next round. It was a tough game on a heavy pitch against dogged opposition who scored with virtually the last kick of the game to make it 2-2 and see the match go to extra time. But Ramsbury demonstrated real fortitude, teamwork and fitness to deservedly get their second win in as many weeks.
Sean stuck with an attacking 3-5-2 formation, as per the previous week, and although a few players were again absent, the formation worked well and saw Ramsbury on the front foot throughout a closely contested first half. Proccy making his first start this season in goal was confident and vocal throughout with Mike G, Chris (C) and Dan O in front of him as the back three. Zac, Leigh and Macca were the midfield three with Harry and Max using their pace as wing backs and Adam supporting Ali up front. Ramsbury created numerous chances with Ali, Zac and Adam all going close, but not able to apply the finishing touch to get a goal. Moredon were dangerous on the break and also had a couple of chances to score, but the first 45 minutes ended 0-0.
The second half was all Ramsbury for the first 25 minutes as the wing backs were a constant threat using the width of the pitch well; the three in midfield competed really well to break up play and move the ball quickly and Macca and Leigh were superb in allowing Zac to wander. This led to numerous Ramsbury corners and one superbly flighted ball by Adam saw Harry leap highest at the back post to head in a thumping header to make it 1-0. Moredon responded quickly, however, and pressed Ramsbury back and for 10 minutes or so as they regained the upper hand. This led to a scrappy equaliser and the game in the balance at 1-1. Will came on for Macca who had put in a real shift. The fresh legs helped as Ramsbury gained the momentum and Ali had a superb chance to make it 2-1, but fluffed his lines and skied his shot well over the bar. Leigh also shot from range and Zac also went close with another thunderbolt that dribbled the wrong side of the post! The pressure told though and moments later a superb through ball to Adam saw him smash it into the top corner to finally make it 2-1 with 5 minutes to go. The game should have been done and dusted then, but Morden upped the tempo and only some last ditch defending and fine saves by Proccy kept it 2-1. But Moredon got a dodgy decision by the referee and the resulting free kick was scuffed into the bottom left corner with only second remaining. It was a gutting end to an awesome half of football and saw 30 minutes of extra time.
Ramsbury were slow to start in extra time and an uncharacteristic mistake by Mike G led to a Moredon penalty that Proccy could not save. At 3-2 Mordeon were more composed as Ramsbury lost their shape and momentum. But the addition of Stoner for Ali was telling as he capitalised on a superb Ramsbury attack with a well struck shot by Zac that the Mordeon keeper saved and Stoner was the quickest to react (a first Stoner!) to slot in the equaliser. Moredon complained it was offside, which they had predictably for most of the Ramsbury goals, but the goal stood and the game was back all square at 3-3. Arun came on for Adam as Sean kept his running machine until the very last and what a plan as Arun ran a very tired Mordeon defence ragged. Ramsbury picked up their game and the opposition resorted to desperate and late tackles. Zac got whacked about 25 yards out and took revenge by slamming the resulting free kick in off the bar to make it 4-3 It was then all Ramsbury again as they tormented Mordeon and the unrelenting pressure took its toll with a fine solo run on the left by Max across the Mordeon defence and finished with a top quality 15 yard strike into the top right corner of the goal to make it 5-3 and seal the win for Ramsbury! A great cup match and another win for Ramsbury.
Shirt of shame went to Ali (second one big boy!) for his huge miss!
And man of the match went to Max for his relentless running, tackling and a superb goal. Well done Max and pink suits you Ali!!!
Training on Tuesday – see you there.