Mepal Sports FC were the first visitors to Cricketfield Lane of 2017 but it is unlikely to be a venue that lives fondly in their memory as they were soundly beaten by a Ramsey Pavilion side that are beginning to hit their best form.
Ramsey dominated the match from the start with Jake Burton denied by a fine save from the Mepal 'keeper but it wasn't long before the deadlock was broken as Tom Allgood's cross was headed home by Player/Manager Matt Brading. Another headed chance almost gave Brading his second soon after but this time he was denied by the crossbar. Just before half time the home side doubled their lead after excellent interchange play between Stephen Hurst and Jake Burton put Hurst in to make it 2-0 at the break.
The Pavos started the second half well as Burton and substitute Kyle McPartlin were both denied by the in form Mepal 'keeper, but it was the visitors that were next on the scoresheet when a breakaway move saw them pull the game back to 2-1 with what felt like their first attack of the game.
The Pavos seemed unfazed however, and their dominance of possession translated into more and more chances as the game wore on. It wasn't long before Stephen Hurst made it 3-1 when his shot from distance took a deflection past the helpless Mepal 'keeper, and Burton made it 4-1 when he raced clear to finish well.
Hurst could have rounded off a superb Captains display with a hat trick but his spot kick, awarded after McPartlin was brought down in the box, sailed high over the crossbar. Another breakaway goal by Burton made it 5-1 and the scoring was rounded of by McPartlin whose fine individual effort made the final score 6-1 to The Pavos.
After the match, Brading was in understandably positive mood saying; “For the first time this season we managed to perform well for a sustained period only slipping below our standards for 10 minutes in the first half and 15 in the second. There is still room to improve but the entire squad showed me that we are on the right tracks, and a 6-1 hammering of the second place team should tell the rest of the league that.”
The Pavos have suffered just one defeat in their last eight matches now and that came at the hands of Little Downham Swifts, who are their opponents this coming week. Little Downham have won 13 out of 13 in the league this season so the in form Pavos will be looking to end this run on Saturday.
Ramsey Pavilion made the journey to Isleham Utd and with John Turner making his league debut for the Pavo's between the sticks, they looked to start 2017 with a bang.