Ramsey Pavilion FC made a successful start to their preseason on Tuesday night with a hard fought win over St Ives Rangers in front of a good crowd at St Ivo Outdoor Centre.
Despite having a squad of 17 new players, Ramsey appeared to gel quickly and played some great football from the off. Hard work and good passing football, driven by Stevie Hurst in the middle of the park, helped the Pavo's take a 2 goal lead with goals from striker Kyle McPartlin, before being pegged back just before half time to lead 2-1 at the break.
The Pavo's started the 2nd half brightly. Building from a solid defence, with Dan Short settling into the back line nicely and showing great composure, and it wasn't long before the Pavo's extended their lead with the games standout moment. Bursting through on goal, McPartlin, looking for his hat-trick, put an exquisite lob over the on-rushing Rangers 'keeper to put the game beyond doubt for the team of debutants. Rangers did pull a goal back but the game finished 3-2, but not before Stu Riggott picked up a silly booking for petulantly kicking the ball away right under the nose of the referee.0
Manager Matt Brading was pleased with his teams start 'It's testament to the hard work of the players in preseason training that we've hit the ground running with a win against an established Cambs league side. It’s still early days and there is plenty of room for improvement but it’s always nice to start with a win’.
The Pavo's will soon be in action again with friendlies away at Clare Town on Saturday 27th August and then away against Chatteris Town Reserves on Wednesday 31st August. They begin their league campaign on September 3rd away at March Rangers.