ESSEX & SUFFOLK BORDER FOOTBALL LEAGUE
RAMSEY & MISTLEY FC: 1. TOLLESBURY FC: 6.
Date: Saturday 29th September 2018. Venue: Furze Hills, Mistley.
Division Two this week and a chance to see two promoted teams do battle over at Furze Hills, Mistley, a venue short of ESBFL football since the recent demise, then rebirth of Mistley United FC in the Colchester & East Essex League, who, whilst withdrawing at the end of last season, have actually merged with near neighbours Ramsey.
Clearly the old clubhouse needed a bit of a “refurb” and Club Chairman, Robert Passmore showed me around the changing rooms and other facilities which are undergoing significant changes, however, the pitch, for those that remember playing at Mistley, is always a real test, hard and bumpy with hardly any level areas!
Ramsey & Mistley FC are also under the new management of Peter Fillbrook and with numerous late “call-offs” his clubs Reserve team game was postponed which allowed at least four Reserve teamers to make up the numbers for this match. Also, on the day visitors, Tollesbury FC, in the absence of Manager, John Hill, were also apparently under-strength and “acting-manager”, Scott Lewis, would play in central defence.
The referee, who would be assisted by club linesman was Wayne Dearsley, he took a common-sense approach, needing to speak to only one player, that borne out of frustration, whilst the rest got on with the game, in fact no cautions were issued.
Now here’s a thing, the “Respect” handshake was conducted for a Division 2 match, no problem as the rule say’s “all games”, let’s see more of this please throughout the competition. Ramsey kicked-off with a cautious start, probably because of new players and Gregory forced an early corner, taken by himself with Lewis heading over from close range, whereupon jovial Tollesbury President, Mike Seaborn walked up to me and we started to recall earlier Tollesbury FC days in the ESBFL. Today, his team were spear-headed by the lively threat of Collins and Gregory but missing Baker in attack and forced to play defender Southern in goal. For the first ten minutes the play was, fairly even, end-to-end with Tollesbury probably providing more of the few real chances. On twelve minutes Simpson (M) handled the ball in central mid-field, Gregory lined up a shot that struck the defensive wall and rolled away for a corner, taken by Moore whose kick bounced off Cook to his keeper, Owen. When Gregory chased a long ball forward, he tried to double back only to be scythed to the ground by Cook, a penalty kick was correctly awarded, Cook sounded off but after some stern words from the referee, where Cook was perhaps fortunate to escape a caution, up-stepped Lewis to drive a firmly hit kick to the keepers right, however, keeper Owen made a fine one-handed save to turn the ball away for a corner. Tollesbury kept up this pressure and a cross from Gregory found Collins whose shot hit the right-hand upright falling to Lewis who had stayed forward but was standing in an off-side position when the initial shot went in.
On twenty minutes a long booming goal-kick from Southern, cleared the high Ramsey defence and Collins ran on but headed wide as keeper, Owen advanced, in fact the long ball from both teams became the norm and the game went through a disjointed phase with the eager Tollesbury forwards often being caught off-side. An error by Jones, his back-pass falling to Purll whose cross was just hit too firmly for Farmery to reach at the far post for Ramsey as both teams put in plenty of effort. Mid-way through the half a curling free-kick taken by Moore found the head of Lewis but the ball flew straight into the arms of keeper, Owen, then Gregory dribbled his way forward, passing Farthing but running the ball out of play for a goal-kick. A long throw-in from Wright cleared the home defence, once again pushing too far forward and Collins strode forward but dragged his cross-cum-shot too close to the keeper who saved with ease.
On the half hour mark Ramsey put together a decent move, started by Simpson (M) to Simpson (T) with Farmery giving chase to cross towards Purll but defender McMillan intercepted just outside the six-yard box. Another home attack started by Farthing found Farmery whose cross was destined for Purll but keeper, Southern read the danger to gather three yards off his goal-line. With ten minutes to half-time the dead-lock was broken, Gregory got the better of Farthing down the left side to cross towards Longdon and Butcher, two promising youngsters, and when the ball ran loose WILL BUTCHER stabbed the ball home from close range. Two minutes later and a cross-cum-shot from the left side by TOM GREGORY beat the keeper at the far post and it seemed that goal might knock the stuffing out of the home team and Collins found Gregory in space, no off-side but Gregory blasted the ball over the cross-bar. On forty minutes keeper, Owen had to race out of his area to tackle Gregory, again finding plenty of space, but the keepers clearance only fell to another Tollesbury player who played in ASHLEY COLLINS who had two shots charged down by Cook and Young respectively, before he beat the keeper with a low shot, and Ramsey now needed to re-group during the half-time interval.
HALF-TIME: 0 – 3.
Tollesbury re-started this match but Malin fouled Farmery wide on the right side with Simpson (M) taking the free-kick to find the head of Cook whose strong header flew wide but a decent chance, probably the best chance by Ramsey so far. Tollesbury pushed forward searching for more goals as Ramsey retreated defensively, Collins forced a corner, taken by Moore with Butcher heading upwards leading to Longdon fouling Stephens. A free-kick taken by Purll was headed clear by Lewis, then a run and chase by Purll ended when he over-ran the ball out of play. Five minutes into the half and Wright for Tollesbury found Collins whose lay off to Longdon was blasted wide, a long clearance from keeper, Southern fell to the unmarked Gregory who took on Frost and Young to gain a corner on the left side. Moore swung in the corner kick, one bounce across the six-yard area to where WILL BUTCHER gleefully headed home from two yards out. The direct running of Gregory would continue to cause problems and Stephens for Ramsey was replaced by Morrison on fifty-eight minutes.
Just past the hour mark and Tollesbury scored their fifth goal, Collins threaded the ball between the Ramsey defensive line and TOM GREGORY ran on the beat keeper, Owen whereupon Collins was withdrawn, and White entered the game. Farmery for Ramsey worked his way down the right-side crossing towards Frost, but Gregory had tracked back to defend, White was fouled by Morrison on the left touch-line, Moore took the free-kick, but Morrison headed away. When Farmery was robbed of the ball by Longdon, he gambled on the spectacular, but his composure let him down and the ball flew high and wide. With twenty minutes remaining a long goal-kick from Southern landed on the chest of Malin, who, with his back to goal tried an overhead kick but the ball flew wide. Cook, for Ramsey took a strongly hit ball into the nether regions and was forced to retire, plenty of friendly banter about why he was going off however Vince was his replacement on seventy-three minutes.
On seventy-five minutes Ramsey scored what turned out to be a consolation goal, Frost played the ball forward to COLBY STOCK who ran on the score from close range, but his team did deserve a goal for their efforts. Tollesbury were not finished either, Wright played the ball forward to Longdon who turned one way then he other to lose his marker but again without any composure blasted the ball high into the trees behind the goal. With Lewis dominating in the Tollesbury defence, the midfield was controlled by Moore with the younger players causing problems in attack. Two minutes remained when Tollesbury completed the scoring, a run down the right by Malin led to the ball falling to veteran NATHAN JONES who turned the ball into the net, bit of a collector’s item I believe! As we entered the period, of time added on, another foray by Wright, then Malin took over and the final ball once again fell to Jones whose sweet volley was goal-bound only for keeper, Owen to make a fine save punching the ball over the cross-bar. The last attacking move was at the other end where Morrison was denied by keeper, Southern who had rarely been troubled this afternoon.
FULL TIME: 1 – 6.
No cautions, there’s a thing, it can be done, these two teams were honest and hard-working, nothing spectacular, basic football, hopefully played for enjoyment the result maybe could have been greater but credit to Ramsey who never gave up against a good Tollesbury team who stay second in the league.
Now for my Player-of-the-Match choice, for Ramsey, they had to defend for long periods, keeper Owen beaten six times, he pulled off a fine save from a penalty kick, but he stood little chance with the goals scored. Cook and Frost did have their work cut out against Collins and Gregory but persevered like the rest of the team where skipper, Simpson (M) and Simpson (T) tried their hardest with Stock to create chances. For Tollesbury, keeper Southern was rarely troubled but his distribution was good to set up attacks, direct route maybe but with Collins (1 goal), Langdon, Butcher (2 goals), and Gregory (*2 goals) prepared to battle it was an easy option to follow. Jones (1 goal) rolled back the years from a non-stop midfield position, where Moore dictated with Malin but defensively Wright and McMillan did everything right whilst Lewis, won every challenge on the ground and in the air, missing nothing, except the penalty kick, but he did stand out.
RAMSEY & MISTLEY FC: Colours: Purple Shirts, Purple Shorts and Purple Socks.
Harry Owen., Tom Farthing., Matthew Simpson (C)., Charlie Purll., Lee Young., Jamie Cook., Dean Frost., Gary Stephens., Dean Frost., Thomas Simpson., Colby Stock., Jevon Farmery.
Manager: Peter Fillbrook.
Used Substitutes: Jimmy Morrison., Michael Vince
Unused Substitutes: Robert Passmore., Christopher Stratton.
TOLLESBURY FC: Colours: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts and Black Socks.
Philip Southern., Mitchell Wright., Nathan Jones., Jamie Moore., David McMillan., Scott Lewis., Ryan Malin., Lewis Longdon., Ashley Collins., Tommy Gregory., Will Butcher.
Acting Manager: Lewis Scott
Used Substitutes: Ben White.
Unused Substitutes: Scott Keeble., Zachary Surguy., Jamie Bright., Jamie Baker.
Referee: Wayne Dearsley (Colchester)
Player-of-the-Match: Scott LEWIS (TOLLESBURY FC)
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