Sat 3rd Sept 2016
For their inaugural Cambs Division 2B fixture, Ramsey Pavilion travelled to Estover Road to take on March Rangers.
They got off to the best possible start when striker Kyle McPartlin coasted past two Rangers’ defenders and calmly slotted the ball under the advancing ‘keeper to give the Pavo’s an early 1-0 lead inside 5 minutes. They continued to pressurise the Rangers defence with Matt Brading going close with two free kicks but, as the half went on, both teams struggled to create chances in challenging weather conditions. That was the case until 40 minutes when a Rangers through ball caught defenders off guard and the striker finished well to make the score 1-1 at the break.
If the first started well for The Pavo’s then the second could not have started any worse. In a bizarre 5 minute period Rangers scored first from a free kick which struck the bar before ricocheting into the net off the stranded ‘keeper Jason Wilson. They added a third with a well taken chip from distance and then a fourth goal from another free kick, this time headed into his own net by defender Stu Turner.
Despite being 4-1 down, the Pavo’s continued to battle and were rewarded when a Steve Hurst free kick resulted in a penalty for shirt pulling. Kyle McPartlin converted from the spot to make it 4-2 and, as the players went to re-start, the Rangers defender that gave away the penalty was given a second yellow card for showing dissent towards the referee. Shortly after a second Rangers player was given his marching orders, this time a second booking for a second incident of simulation.
With a two man advantage Ramsey Pavilion began to dominate possession but still struggled to create clear cut chances as Rangers clung on. The Pavo’s persistence eventually paid off as a well worked move ended in Steve Hurst finishing well from 10yds out to make it 4-3. They continued to search for an equaliser in a frantic last 5 minutes and were almost rewarded when Dan Short’s effort struck the upright but in the end it wasn’t to be and March Rangers hung on to win 4-3.
After the match Player / Manager Matt Brading said “I was very pleased with the effort from the boys but we have work to do on our execution. That said, we will lift ourselves from this and go again next week”. Next up for Ramsey Pavilion is a trip to Wisbech St Mary A on Saturday 10th September.