Ransomes Sports

Ransomes Sports

The Reserves welcomed Kesgrave Kestrel Reserves to Sidegate Avenue on Saturday for a top-of-the table clash. Kestrels won the end of November reverse fixture 3-1 and from the first whistle looked keen to repeat the victory. They had most of the play in the initial stages, but Ransomes began to get to grips with the impressive visitors’ high tempo game and play was end to end for the rest of the half. Both defences were coping well though, with the respective keepers looking comfortable and assured. A few minutes before the break, a ball into the Kestrels box caused a bit of confusion and Ben Howlett pounced to hook the ball home. 1-0 to Ransomes then, but that slender half-time lead was cancelled out early in the second half, as Kestrels stormed out of the blocks and deservedly bagged the equaliser. Ransomes had to dig in for a while as the Kestrels lads pressed, but when Liam Ablitt curled a terrific ball to the far post, Liam Groom rose well and the ball found its way into the net, nicking off a defender, but Groomy gets the credit for the goal to cap his Man-of-the-Match performance. That seemed to take the sting out of the visitors and although still a pretty tight match, Ransomes had the edge and wrapped up the points when late in the game, the ball broke to Jack Bell whose trusty left foot drilled the ball low into the corner of the onion bag to secure a hard-fought 3-1 victory for the home side. Referee Terry Scott who had a great game and tried to keep play flowing at every opportunity, blew the final whistle shortly afterwards to bring an end to a keenly contested encounter.
Ransomes other players were away at Coddenham, looking to avenge their first game of the season defeat, but had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw. Not for the first time this season, Ransomes fell behind when a nice Coddenham move down the left, resulted in a neat conversion at the far post. On a very decent pitch, Ransomes began to get their passing game together, but couldn’t apply that killer touch in front of goal until Morris stroked home to level it at 1-1. Ransomes had welcomed back Callum Deacon after a long lay-off following his broken arm and were indebted to him in keeping that scoreline with some excellent stops, particularly one brave double save towards the end of the half. Coddenham continued to look dangerous in the second period, but met stubborn resistance from the Ransomes defence, particularly MotM Jazz Haynes. Ransomes had the edge in possession and creating chances but couldn’t get that decisive finish, a point apiece probably about the right outcome. Our thanks to our hosts for their hospitality and to referee David Fowler who drew most of the compliments for a superb display in the after-match discussions back at base. Huge thanks also to DeeJam who was at the Coddenham match to record the increasingly popular Match Day Experience. Uploaded at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg-F0Mmmx7g&feature=em-uploademail Post-match interviews too. Great stuff from him. You should Subscribe and Follow. Thoroughly deserves credit and our support. Terrific for the local game.
This Saturday sees both Ransomes teams on their travels, with the 1st team at Barham and the Reserves at Somersham, kick offs 2pm.
The Lone Ranger

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Posted: Monday, January 7 2019 by Alan McDougall

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