An unbeaten start to the year for Ramsey Pavilion has been followed up with a somewhat disappointed run of results with a loss and a draw in the league being followed by a loss and elimination from the Hunts Junior Cup.
The first league match of the season saw Brampton Reserves visit Cricketfield Lane is a match between two teams that many are tipping to be in amongst the promotion race come the end of the season. A closely fought game was in the balance a two apiece with goals for Pavilion coming from Jake Burton & Tom Lloyd but a momentary lapse in concentration saw the away side nick a third goals and all three points.
Next up was a trip to March Rangers. Pavilion handed to debut to veteran Goalkeeper Jon Cade but he was powerless to stop Rangers taking and early lead. At half time the score was 3-1 to the home side but they would be forced to see at the game with 10 men after they had a man sent off for a professional foul. Pavilion fought back in the second half and managed to pull the score line back to 3-3 but the 10 men of March defended well and they eventually managed to cling on for a draw. Jake Burton was man of the match as he bagged all three goals for Pavilion.
The Hunts Junior Cup game served up a difficult tie as current holders Eaton Socon Reserves visited the Lane. Eaton play their football in the division above Pavilion and they started well, taking a two goal lead after 20 minutes. Things looked to be going from bad to worse for Pavilion as top scorer Jake Burton was forced to hobble from the field soon after taken out by an Eaton defender when through on goal. Pavilion, to their credit, stuck to the task and started to get a foothold in the game. Kyle McPartlin pulled one back for Pavilion. Eaton scored again to restore their two goal lead but Stevie Hurst made the score 3-2 in the dying moments of the half. Pavilion felt that there were well in this game going into the second half but things started poorly as Eaton got a fourth early on. The difference in class eventually told and as Pavilion ran out of steam in the latter stages of the match, the visitors added two more to make the final score 6-2 to Eaton Socon.
A disappointing run of results but Pavilion still find themselves in the Creake Charity Shield and mid-table in Division 2B with two games in hand over most of the sides above them.
,Three wins from three for Ramsey Pavilion as they progressed to the Second Round of the Creake Charity Shield at the expense of St. Ives Rangers, at side that currently ply their trade a division higher than the Pavos in Div 1B of the Cambs County League.
Player / Manager Matt Brading started himself in an advanced role in place of the absent Kyle McPartlin and it was he that opened the scoring following a well worked move. Rangers tried to get a foothold in the game and managed to equalise from a corner but the comeback did not last long as Brading added a second to restore his sides lead just before half time.
The second half was dominated by the visiting Pavilion side and, at times, you would have been hard pressed to pick which of the two sides was from the higher division. Eventually it fell to Skipper Steve Hurst to round of the scoring with a smart finish from distance.
3-1 the final score meaning Ramsey Pavilion advance to take on Fordham, also of Division 1B, in round 2 on 14th October at Cricketfield Lane.
A return to league action this weekend (23rd Sept) sees The Pavos welcome Brampton Reserves to The Lane for what will be their first home fixture of the season.
The 1st round of the Hunts Junior Cup saw Ramsey Pavilion make the short trip to take on Somersham Town Res and it was the away side who were the quickest out of the traps as they raced out to an early three goal lead. Jake Burton opened the scoring from the spot before Ben McKinnell added soon a second. No doubt it was a moment to savour for McKinnell as he opened his goal scoring account for Pavilion. In form Jamie Hurst then added a third goal to leave Somersham somewhat shell shocked. All credit to the home side though as, despite conceding three in the first half, they managed to maintain their composure and soon they were back in the game.
Some sloppy defending from Pavilion, particularly from set pieces, let the home side back into the game and before long what looked like a forgone conclusion was very much alive again. A real cup tie this one as an eventful first half eventually ended with the score at 3 apiece.
After letting a three-goal lead slip away, the Pavilion players must have had the half time team talk from Player/Manager Matt Brading still ringing in their ears as they began the second half. Whatever Brading had said seemed to do the trick as his side looked far more assured at the back while dominating possession and creating chances at the other end of the pitch.
Before long, the away side had regained their lead as Jake Burton added his second from the spot, and his fifth in two games, to put Pavilion 4-3 up before a Tom Lloyd screamer late in the game put the tie to bed. 5-3 the final score, with the win putting Pavilion into round 2 where they will face last year’s winners of this competition Eaton Socon Res. The Round 2 fixture is scheduled to take place at Cricketfield Lane, Ramsey on 7th October.
More cup action this weekend for the Pavos as they travel to Cambs League 1B outfit St. Ives Rangers in the Creake Charity Shield. 15.00 kick off at St Ives Outdoor Centre.
Ramsey Pavilion got their 2017/18 league campaign underway in some style on Saturday with a 5-1 victory away at newly promoted Doddington Utd. The season almost stalled before getting going however, when a shortage of available referees in the area meant that Doddington’s manager had to step in and officiate at the last moment to stop the game being called off.
The Cambs Division 2B title has been decided with AFC Barley Mow of Huntingdon sealing the Championship along with a successive promotion. It was another month of dropped points for Ramsey Pavilion which ultimately saw their own promotion push run out of steam, they currently sit in 3rd position in the table but with several other sides close behind as the season draws to an end.
Once again, the month started well for Pavilion as a trip to Soham United Reserves saw the Ramsey side come out on top with a hard fought 3-2 win. Tom Lloyd bagged a brace with Kyle McPartlin grabbing the other.
Next up was the visit of a Brampton Reserves side that also held designs of a 3rd placed league finish. It was the visitors who took the 3pts on the day with a 3-2 win. Pavilion in truth, didn't put in a performance that many know they are capable of and we're probably flattered by the 3-2 score line in the end, with Matt Brading and Kyle McPartlin getting the goals for the home side.
Pavilion were hoping to get back to winning ways in their third fixture of the month as lowly Upwell Town visited Cricketfield Lane and it looked as they would do exactly that as they cruised out to a 3-0 lead thanks to an own goal, a smart Kyle McPartlin finish and a 25yd thunderbolt from Jamie Perry, but there was a twist in the tail. 8 minutes to play and Upwell's lively left midfielder cut inside to score what appeared to be a conciliation goal. 5 minutes to play and Upwell had a lifeline when their substitute sent a sweetly struck 20yd half volley into the top corner. Finally, Upwell won a free kick on the edge of the Pavilion box which was curled exquisitely past the helpless Dan Shire to give Upwell a share of the points.
Ramsey Pavilion now have two matches remaining, at Home to March Rangers on Saturday 22nd April and Away to Mildenhall United on 6th May, where they will look to seal a third place league finish that would represent a positive achievement for a club in its first season since re-forming.
Despite the disappointing results, it was a good month on a personal level for Striker Kyle McPartlin whose 3 goals in 3 games took him level with strike partner Jake Burton on 20 goals for the season. Not a bad return from a player that was a Central Defender when he joined the club in preseason!
A crucial month ended somewhat disappointingly for Ramsey Pavilion FC as one win and two defeats, to two of their nearest rivals, saw their outside chances of promotion take a setback. Things had started brightly for the men in Blue & Black with a 3-2 home win over Wisbech St Mary 'A' thanks to two goals from Jake Burton and one from Player / Manager Matt Brading which sent them up to 3rd in the Cambs Division 2B Table.
Next up was the visit of high flying AFC Barley Mow. A win for the home side would have blown the race for promotion wide open but the reality was that Barley, and particularly their Striker Josh Turner, proved too strong, eventually running out 5-1 winners with Turner grabbing all five goals for the visitors and Jake Burton scoring a consolation goal for Pavilion.
Ramsey Pavilion had a chance to make amends the following Saturday when they travelled to 4th placed Brampton Reserves but again, came up just short. Despite several first choice players being away, Pavilion competed well and held the upper hand for long periods of the game. Striker Kyle McPartlin managed to bag himself two goals but the Pavos were unable to hold on, eventually going down 3-2.
Two disappointing defeats but Pavilion still find themselves in 4th position in the league with 6 games to play, 4 of those at home, and a game in hand over the teams around them. Director Nick Kay said "Despite two defeats in the last two matches, a 3rd place finish is still a very real possibility and would represent a huge achievement for a club in its first season of competitive Football"
As Cambs Division 2B moves towards the business end of the season, 4th Placed Ramsey Pavilion travelled to Mepal Sports FC looking to close the gap on their 3rd placed opponents who they had already comfortably beaten at Cricketfield Lane earlier in the season.
The Mepal pitch left a lot to be desired and, after a 1st half that was almost as ugly as the surface it was being played upon, the Pavos found themselves a goal to the good thanks to a well taken Jake Burton finish having been put through by an excellent Luke Furness free kick. The half wasn't without the odd scare though and Pavilion could count themselves fortunate that Mepal were unable to convert two very good chances of their own.
For much of the second half the spectacle was equally poor as both sides struggled to string 2 or 3 passes before the inevitable bobble on the pitch caused possession to be lost. Pavilion did well to soak up pressure, riding their luck at times but thanks to a superb double clearance off the line by Stephen Parr, their defence stood firm.
As the game wore on the Pavos finally got their passing game together and an excellent move between Stephen Hurst and Tom Lloyd set Jake Burton clear who again finished calmly to double the advantage. The goal seemed to knock the wind out of sails of the Mepal raft and before long Burton was away again. The chance looked lost when a horrendous first touch gave the Mepal 'keeper a chance to intercept but Burton just managed to get a toe end onto the ball before being upended in the box. Burton shook off the pain of the impact to covert the spok kick and complete his hat trick.
Three goals for Jake Burton takes him to the top of the club goal scoring charts with 16 goals in just 9 games, one ahead of strike partner Kyle McPartlin on 15.
Next up for The Pavos is the visit of Wisbech St Mary 'A' as they look to continue their unbeaten run and push for a top 3 finish.
The Pavo's took their improving side always to Upwell Town FC. Things started poorly with captain Steve Hurst and Veteran Alex Ramos arriving 15 minutes before kick off. Despite the less than perfect prep The Pavo's went 1 nil up through Kyle McPartlin within the first minute of the game, linking well with strike partner Jake Burton.
The returning Matt Skinner lasted 10 minutes until injury struck when he was replaced by #OWR. A fairly even first half saw the Pavo's go in 2-1 up after a goal from Jake Burton.
The second half was more business as usual as Jake Burton scored again, Tom Lloyd scored an outrageous back flick, and Jamie Perry drive home to complete a 5-1 win.
Manager Matt Brading said "We didn't start well, we had to make changes early, credit to Tom Allgood for moving into Centre Half and #OWR coming on early who both had good games. We showed again our strength in depth. Special mention to Jason Wilson who stood in between the sticks and as always didn't let anyone down."
After storming into 3-1 lead with goals by Jake Burton (1) and Kyle McPartlin (2), the second a screamer into the top corner, the Pavo's were pegged back to 3-3 by a resilient Wimblington team. On hearing the Wimblington Centre Half with 3 minutes to go say 'this is a great result lads' The Pavo's showed their never say die attitude with Jake Burton going though one on one with the Wimblington 'keeper and, despite their skipper trying twice to drag him down, showed unbelievable composure to secure the points with an ice cold finish and seal the 3 points.
Manager Matt Brading said 'complacency set in a little and my changes didn't help the team, i'm thankful to the lads for ensuring we still took the 3 points'
Ramsey Pavilion had a score to settle this week as they travelled to a Little Downham Swifts side that had won 13 from 13 so far this season including 6-2 win at Cricketfield Lane back in December.