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PREVIEW: Trafford (H)

The Rams welcome old foes Trafford FC to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium to renew battles that began way back in the North West Counties League days.

Trafford, by their own standards, have had a mixed start to the campaign with three wins and three defeats from their opening six games, leaving them in 12th spot, and arrive on the back of an FA Cup defeat at Ashton United at the weekend.

Whilst that game was taking place, we were entertaining Clitheroe for the second time in four days, and after the Integro Cup defeat against our east Lancashire rivals, Saturday’s league game was a cracker. Spoils eventually shared, but we needed to come back from a 1-3 deficit with two late goals, to grab a well-deserved point which lifted us to 8th spot in the early season table.

Without Ryan Ellison, who has been in tremendous form, due to a family bereavement, Rob Henry and Tom Eckersley through late injury call-ups, and with their replacements unavailable, we had to contend with just one fit substitute on the bench, whilst Greg Daniels is still some way from being fit again.

Games between the two sides are generally close affairs, so it will be interesting to see which side comes out on top of what should be an entertaining local derby.

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PREVIEW: Clitheroe (H)

It’s a speedy return to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium for our east Lancashire neighbours, Clitheroe, but they’ll be returning in good spirits having knocked the Rams out of the Integro Cup on Wednesday night.

That game went straight to penalties after Jack Higgs wind-assisted injury time equaliser tied the score at 1-1, but it was the visitors who progressed 7-6 from the penalty spot.

But tomorrow it is back to the bread-and-butter of the League with three points at stake.

Clitheroe will be hoping that Wednesday’s victory can re-boot their season after the resignation of newly-appointed manager Stuart Mellish and the disappointing start to the campaign, whilst the Rams will be looking to get the 4-0 drubbing at Leek last Saturday out of their system.

Games between these two local rivals have often proved entertaining and occasionally controversial, so supporters of both sides can look forward to an entertaining 90 minutes of non-league action.

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JAMIE ROTHER SCOOPS PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARD

This season’s first Player-of-the-Month award, as voted for by the Ramsbottom United supporters went to industrious midfield player JAMIE ROTHER.

Having suffered some injury-wrecking seasons during his time with the Rams, Jamie, thanks to the help of new physio Ben Cole, appears to have turned the corner, and has been instrumental in the team’s early season performances, as he is now back to full fitness.

His non-stop style has made him a firm favourite at the Harry Williams Roverside Stadium, and Chairman Harry Williams presented him with the award and a case of beer kindly donated by the Evo-Stik League’s new beer sponsors, the Bowland Beer Company, ahead of the FA Cup replay against Kidsgrove Athletic.


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Rams sign Tom Eckersley

6ft 4in TOM ECKERSLEY has signed for Ramsbottom United.

Equally at home in central defence of midfield, the experienced 26 year old made his debut for the Rams in their Integro Cup tie against Clitheroe

Eckersley signed his first pro contract at Bolton Wanderers in 2010, before moving on to League Two side Accrington Stanley, from where he had loan spells with Stockport County and Barrow.

He signed for Conference Premier side Tamworth in 2013, which included a short loan spell with Rushall Olympic, before moving on to a joint registration with AFC Fylde and Witton Albion.

After 32 appearances for FC United of Manchester, he had spells with Ashton United and Radcliffe before becoming Rams manager Mark Fell’s latest capture in a bid to boost the side’s defensive capacity.



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CLUB STATEMENT: Nathan Rooney

Following an announcement from Crawley Town, Ramsbottom United can confirm that 1st team coach Nathan Rooney has left the club to join the Skybet League 2 club as member of new manager Gabrielle Cioffi’s backroom team.

Rooney who worked full time with Fleetwood, joined the Rams in the summer and has been a key member of Mark Fell’s backroom team and the manager admitted it’s going to be big boots for someone to fill.

“We’re gutted to lose Nathan but absolutely understand you cannot turn down the sort of opportunity he has at Crawley. The fact he has been successful in getting this post is testament to the quality of coach that he is and he’s had a big influence on the lads in his short time with us.”

Rooney was quick to thank the Rams for facilitating his brief but enjoyable stay, “I want to thank Mark fell for giving me the opportunity to come and work at such a prestigious non-league club with such a great set of lads and staff. Every player trains and plays to their maximum each week and they have been a pleasure to be around even though it’s only been a short period . To Harry and the board I wish you all the success in the world and all your hard work is evident in and off the pitch. Best of luck to Mark, Graham and the squad for the rest of the Season. Believe in yourselves and work together as I feel you are a very talented group of players.”

Fell will now set about recruitment of a new 1st team coach, “We’ll have a look around and see who’s available and who meets the criteria we’re looking for - it’s not a rush to replace the post but if the right person presents themselves we can get moving quickly.”

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Rams presentation to Phil “Wizz” Dean

Having made his 300th appearance in a Rams shirt, Ramsbottom United Chairman Harry Williams presented a framed action photo to Phil Dean before the FA Cup replay against Kidsgrove Athletic.

Widely known to the Rams followers as “Wizz”, the left-sided winger-cum-defender turned out for the club for the 300th time in the game against Mossley last Saturday, and the club made him an honorary Captain for the day against the Lilywhites.

After the Kidsgrove game, Phil’s record now stands at 301 games played (50 from the bench) with 60 goals scored, some achievement in the fluid world of non-league football.


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MATCH PREVIEW: Ramsbottom United v Kendal Town

After the frustrating exit of the FA Cup at the hands of Kidsgrove Athletic last Tuesday, we welcome a team which had better luck the same night as Kendal Town triumphed in their penalty shoot-out at Selby Town to progress to the next round which was played last Saturday.

However, that game saw the Mintcakes thrashed 7-3 at Northern Counties East side Knaresborough Town, so we had better be aware of a response from the Cumbrian side as they look to lick their wounds

Our defeat was hard to swallow, as we created, but spurned loads of chances on the night, and the penalty lottery failed to go our way.

However, the entertainment value was a lot higher than that expected in a 0-0 draw.

Still, it’s back to the League and a welcome to our visitors from Cumbria as the Rams attempt to garner another three points.

Tom Kennedy, unable to play against Kidsgrove due to the inefficiency of the International Clearance system, will be available again, but it still looks as though Greg Daniels, who has undergone a scan, will be out for a little while more.

Kendal’s league record shows one win at home and one win away, alongside one defeat at home and one defeat away, so a tight game is expected.

The Rams will be looking to put the disappointment of last Tuesday, and the resultant blank Saturday, behind them as the quest for League points continues.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Rams v Kidsgrove - FA Cup Replay

After earning four points from two tough-looking away league games, the Rams look to make progress in this season’s FA Cup, with a replay against fellow Evo-Stik West side, Kidsgrove Athletic.

A late Jerome Wright penalty levelled thing up in Staffordshire ten days ago, so both sides try again at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, with the victors facing a trip to Atherton Collieries on Saturday (for the losers, it means at Saturday off!)

Should the score be level after 90 minutes, extra time, and if required penalties, will decide the outcome.

For the Rams, the incentive is a speedy return to Atherton where the 3-1 win on Bank Holiday Monday gave them a welcome three points in what turned out to be a hard-fought encounter.

Colls recovered from the set-back by thrashing Skelmersdale United 9-1 on Saturday, so whoever goes through will have their work cut out to make further progress in the competition.

Due to the delay in obtaining International Clearance, Tom Kennedy will be ineligible for the replay.


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MATCH PREVIEW: Leek Town v Rams

Preview by Tony Cunningham

The Rams travel down to north Staffordshire for the first ever meeting between Ramsbottom United and Leek Town.

Leek, at one time members of the non-league elite, Conference League, have struggled in recent years, having suffered financially during their time at the top of the pyramid, but have settled at level four over the previous few years, albeit in the previously split Southern section of the Evo-Stik League.

The home side sit in 9th position, having taken seven points from their opening four games. Two away wins, with a draw and a defeat at home.

The Rams sit just higher in the league in seventh spot having played a game more, but having acquired an additional three points.

Greg Daniels is still some way off fitness, having undergone a scan this week, but otherwise, the Rams should be at full strength for what should prove to be quite a test for the Lancastrians.

For the Rammy fans who have never been before, Leek’s Harrison park is a fine non-league stadium, and the trip should prove to be an enjoyable, and hopefully successful one.

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TRANSFER NEWS: Luke Jordan heads for Chester

Ramsbottom United can confirm that winger Luke Jordan has agreed terms with National League North side Chester FC. The 19 year old joined the Rams on loan from Morecambe last season before making a permanent switch in the summer. His strong start to the season hadn’t gone un-noticed by clubs higher up the pyramid and former managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley made an approach to speak to the player after Tuesday’s FA Cup game against Kidsgrove.

Luke played 16 games for the Rams scoring once, despite the move to Chester, Ramsbottom United will retain his Evo-Stik league registration as he can be dual registered with a National League club.